Erasmus+ grants are available for students who undertake either a period of study or a period of work abroad in Europe. The period abroad must be a minimum of two months for work and three months for study and a maximum of an academic year (for study) or 12 months (for work). For unpaid work placements this can be 30 weeks. A student may have multiple mobilities to different host institutions in the same or different countries, as follows:
• One study and one work placement period in the same or different years or
• Two study periods in the same or different years or
• Two work placement periods in the same or different years
Students can thus only carry out two single Erasmus+ mobilities in total over a 24 months period. It is possible to be funded for two consecutive periods of study or work, provided these meet the course requirements, and you can study in one year and do a work placement the next year if your course allows that, but the maximum amount of funding you can receive as an undergraduate is for 12 months. You can then receive another 12 months as a Masters or PhD student.
Erasmus students can study or work in any of the countries listed:
- Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
To be eligible you must:
- have completed at least one full year of study if you are going to study abroad. You can undertake a traineeship while still a first year.
- have successfully completed the course requirements to proceed to the next stage of the course.
Erasmus+ grant application procedure
Please use this Search Tool to find out where you can study or work abroad. Your options will depend on your degree programme and your year of study. It is best to use Chrome or Firefox.
Please ensure you consult your Erasmus+ Exchange Co-ordinator, see the list here.
How much Erasmus+ grant will I receive?
The University applies annually for its Erasmus+ funding and receives a contract in July for the coming academic year. This may not be known at the point that you make the decision to go so you should not plan on receiving a specific amount. Guidance will be given prior to the award of the contract and the figures for the previous year will be published. You need to be aware that the national allocation has to cover all UK students who will be funded. At present, the numbers are showing an increase and this means that the level of grant may be less. The monthly grants for 2015/16 are:
|Group 1: Denmark, Ireland, France, Italy, Austria, Finland, Sweden, Liechtenstein, Norway, (Switzerland)*||€300||€400|
|Group 2: Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Spain, Croatia, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Iceland, Turkey||€250||€350|
|Group 3: Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Malta, Poland. Romania, Slovakia, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia||€250||€250|
* Switzerland is currently in negotiation with the European Commission
In addition if you are studying abroad and your household income is below £25,000 per year you may be eligible for a supplement of €100 per month.
Once we receive the grant from the National Agency and all your paperwork we will pay you the first instalment which will be a percentage of your grant. The final payment will be made once you have completed all the required contract documents and the online report.
What does the grant cover?
The grant is a flat-rate payment, which means you will be awarded an amount per month of study or work calculated on a daily basis. If you study for one semester this will usually be three to five months, depending where you go. If you study for a full academic year it will be a maximum of 9 months. Work placements are more variable, but must be between two and 12 months.
You use the grant to pay your living costs and travel abroad. You are not required to provide any receipts.
As an outgoing Erasmus+ student you will be covered by the university's insurance policy. Further information on insurance can be obtained from Mrs Nicky Routh. There may be certain occasions and certain countries where you are not covered fully. It is your responsibility to check this.
When is it paid?
You will be paid a proportion of your total grant entitlement once you have accurately completed and returned the Erasmus+ contract documents: Grant Agreement, ECTS Learning Agreement and Arrival Certificate. The balance is paid on completion of your exchange period and once all the forms and reports have been completed in full and returned. This is reliant on the university having received funds from the British Council. It is also part of your contractual requirement to assist at a 'Study and Work Abroad Fair', organised by the International Relations Office in November, on your return. If you have had a licence for the OLS you will be required to complete the final language assessment.
Accessibility information for disabled students.
On 28th August 2014, the Erasmus Student Network celebrated the launch of MapAbility platform, a ground-breaking online map designed to inform disabled students about the accessibility level of European Higher Education Institutions. Click here for details.
If you have any further questions, please contact us or come to 3rd floor Senate House and we will be happy to help.
Frequently asked questions for students and parents:
If you are wish to take part in 2015-16, please click here for FAQs.