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What is Erasmus+?

Erasmus+ is the EU programme for education, training, youth and sport. One of its aims is to boost the skills and job prospects of university students.

If you are a student based in the UK, you may be eligible to take your studies overseas for three to 12 months as part of the programme.

Can I apply?

You are eligible for Erasmus+ courses if you are:

  • studying for a degree or recognised tertiary level qualification
  • at an institution, such as a university or college, with an Erasmus Charter for Higher Education
  • in your second year or more of study.

You can also apply if you’re taking a short-term higher vocational education course, or studying part-time, providing you’re willing to study full-time when abroad.

You can download a list of institutions with the charter from the European Commission.

What will it cost?

The cost of living abroad varies depending on the country you choose to visit. Eligible Erasmus+ students receive a grant of €280 – €330 a month towards accommodation and living expenses, on top of any existing grants or loans that are in place through your current university.

There’s also an extra €120 a month available for students who already qualify for additional support for higher education, and further financial support for students with special needs.

You do not have to pay tuition fees at the university you choose to visit, and you may even be able to take advantage of a financial contribution for your existing UK tuition fees if you study abroad for the whole academic year.

Speak to the Erasmus+ representative at your university to find out more.

Where can I study?

You can choose from 32 countries, with which your university or college has an agreement. These are: 

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

When is the deadline?

Deadlines for the following academic year are normally in the winter term, but it does change depending on your university.

If you’re interested and eligible, you should arrange a meeting with your Erasmus+ university office as soon as possible.

Why should I go?

You will experience a completely different culture, while also gaining new skills. You will meet new people, learn a language, and will have something special on your CV to help you stand out.

'Embark on what will be the best year of your life. Studying abroad is an experience that has the potential to be whatever you make of it, but one thing it will certainly be is life-changing and eye-opening.'

Charlotte Walmsley, UK Erasmus+ Student Ambassador, who studied at Cardiff University and studied abroad with Erasmus.

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.

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