You can study abroad at higher education institutions around the world outside Europe. Photo (c) Muhammad Rizwan, used under licence and adapted from the original.
You can study abroad at higher education institutions around the world outside Europe. Photo ©

Muhammad Rizwan, used under licence and adapted from the original.

What is Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility?

If you’re a UK student, you can study abroad at higher education institutions around the world beyond the European Union, from Albania and Australia to Uzbekistan and Zimbabwe, through Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility as part of your degree.

Where can I go?

Most countries around the world are now taking part, but you will need to check with your university to see with which universities they partner.

How long does it last?

You can study abroad for any period from three months to a year, depending on how this fits with your study and the arrangement with your home university.

What does it cost?

You don’t have to pay to take part in International Credit Mobility. You receive an Erasmus+ grant – as a contribution to the cost of studying abroad – of around € 650 per month, plus a top-up depending on the distance to the country you are travelling to.

Do I need to speak a foreign language?

Some of the overseas universities will teach the course in English, and your university will tell you whether that is the case.

However, there are obvious benefits to speaking the local language or learning some of it.

Can I apply?

You must be enrolled at a UK university that holds the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education and studying for a degree. The university will also need to be taking part in International Credit Mobility.

How do I apply?

You will need to apply to your home university, who will usually recruit in the winter for students who wish to take part in the following academic year.

Why should I go?

You will get all the benefits from studying abroad. This includes improving your CV, experiencing a new culture and building an international network of friends.

'The biggest impact my time abroad has had on me is my confidence. I found confidence in travelling alone, immersing myself in completely unfamiliar situations and solving problems. If it wasn’t for Erasmus+ funding, I would not have been able to take part in a semester abroad. I hope other students who are from a low income background realise that they can have these experiences too, thanks to Erasmus+.'

Rowan McCaffery of Swansea University, who studied international journalism in Zhuhai, south China.

Erasmus+ is the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport. In the UK it is managed by the UK National Agency, a partnership between the British Council and Ecorys UK.

Back to Erasmus+ opportunities.