Erasmus+

The Erasmus programme (European Region Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students) is an EU funded programme that organises student exchanges. Erasmus+ grants are available for students who undertake either a period of study and/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). 

Please note: the status of the Erasmus+ scheme is dependent on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.

How does it work?

For unpaid work placements this can be 30 weeks to meet professional training requirements. A student may have multiple mobilities to different host institutions in the same or different countries, as follows:

  • Undergraduate: up to 12 months divided into study and/or work, with a minimum of 3 months study and 2 months work.
  • Postgraduate: up to 12 months divided into study and/or work, with a minimum of 3 months study and 2 months work.
  • Doctoral level: up to 12 months divided into study and/or work, with a minimum of 3 months study and 2 months work.

Students can therefore carry out two or more Erasmus+ mobilities at each level of study. It is possible to be funded for two consecutive periods of study or work, provided these meet the course requirements, and you can study abroad 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. Recent graduates are classified on the basis of their completed degree.

Erasmus+ students can study or work in any of the countries listed:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Serbia
  • Slovenia
  • Slovakia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • North Macedonia
  • Norway
  • Turkey.

In order to study abroad there has to be a bilateral Erasmus+ exchange agreement between a partner university in the country and the University of Surrey. To see where we have agreements for study use our exchange opportunities search tool.

Language support

You will be given access to the European Commission’s online language course (OLS) as part of the Erasmus+ programme. All our students also have the opportunity to enrol on the University's free Global Graduate Award in Languages course.

Student experiences