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What's the Erasmus programme?

Details of the Erasmus exchange programme, with information about financial support, how to apply and what will happen after Brexit.

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  1. What's Erasmus+?

  2. Where can you go?

  3. What financial support is available?

  4. How and when can you apply?

  5. What impact will Brexit have on the Erasmus programme?

What's Erasmus+?

Erasmus+ is an EU programme for education, training, youth and sport. It helps university students to enhance their skills, experience and job prospects. UK students may be eligible to study abroad through Erasmus+ for 312 months as part of their degree programme, usually from the second year of study. Students can also apply for a traineeship lasting between 2–12 months, if their degree permits .

Erasmus+ stems from the Erasmus Programme, a student exchange programme that has been operating in the EU since 1987. It serves students across the EU with foreign exchange opportunities at some of the world’s best universities. Since its inception, over four million students have taken part.

  2. Studying abroad

Where can you go?

Thirty-three countries are part of the Erasmus scheme, giving you a wide variety of places to choose from. Sometimes a year abroad is directly linked to your course or is a mandatory requirement, so if you’re studying a foreign language, for example, you’ll probably have to take your placement in a country that speaks that language.

What financial support is available?

It depends where you go, but when studying abroad as part of Erasmus, you usually pay no additional tuition and study-related costs to the university you visit, but you may need to pay for insurance and student union membership. 

On top of any existing grants or loans in place through your current university, you can receive grants of up to €370–420 per month (for studying abroad) or €470–520 (to work abroad on a traineeship) to contribute towards accommodation and living expenses.

You could receive extra financial support if you have special requirements.

Many countries have lower living costs than the UK, but some will be more expensive to live in. While you're abroad, you're responsible for paying for accommodation and everything else in your daily life, so make sure you're aware of extra costs before choosing where to study.

How and when can you apply?

Students who are already at university and are interested in studying through the Erasmus programme should contact their academic adviser or their university's Erasmus office as soon as possible to find out if programmes are available. 

What impact will Brexit have on the Erasmus programme?

The UK has now left the EU and entered a transition period, which ends on 31 December 2020.

Projects funded as part of the current Erasmus programme (2014–2020) remain unaffected. Participants on these programmes can continue on exchanges even if these go beyond 31 December 2020.

Beyond 2020,the government has expressed its commitment to ongoing international education exchanges within the EU and elsewhere. However, there are no further details as yet.

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