What's it about?
If you are a student based in the UK, you may be eligible to take your studies overseas for three to 12 months and brush up on your language skills, meet new people, and immerse yourself in a new culture.
Erasmus+ is the EU programme for education, training, youth and sport. One of its aims is to boost the skills and employability of university students.
Am I eligible?
Erasmus+ courses are available to anyone who is:
- 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 their 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.
Which countries are involved?
You can take your pick from any one of 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.
How much funding is available?
The cost of living abroad varies depending on the country you choose to visit, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be left out of pocket. Eligible Erasmus+ students currently receive a grant of €280 – €330 a month to contribute towards accommodation and living expenses, and that’s on top of any existing grants or loans that are in place through your current university.
There’s also currently 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.
There’s no need to worry about any 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.
When’s the deadline?
If you’re interested and eligible, then you should arrange a meeting with your Erasmus+ university office as soon as possible.
Deadlines for the following academic year are normally in the winter term, but it does change depending on your university.
Why should I go?
You will get to experience a completely different culture, while also gaining new skills that are likely to come in handy in your job search later. You’ll meet new people, you’ll learn a language, and you’ll have something special on your CV to help you stand out.