About Erasmus+

If you are in Higher Education and interested in studying or working for part of your degree in an European country, Erasmus+ is a great opportunity for you.

What can I do?

Study abroad

You can go for just three months, or stay the whole year. You can take part in Erasmus+ study mobility at any time during your degree, except your first year. Students from all subject areas can participate; please check the options with your home institution.

Work abroad

You may choose to carry out an Erasmus+ traineeship (work placement), for two months up to a maximum of 12 months.  First year students as well as recent graduates can take part.

Am I eligible?

You should be studying for a degree or other recognised tertiary level qualification (up to and including the level of Doctorate) at a higher education institution that holds the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education. If you are taking a short-term higher vocational education course, such as a foundation degree course or you are a part-time student, you can also participate (providing that you are a full-time student during your period abroad).

Do I get financial support?

Eligible Erasmus+ study students can receive a grant of €300 - €500 a month, and traineeship students of €400 - €600 a month, depending on the country you visit and your activities. Also, students with a severe disability or exceptional special needs may be entitled to extra funding to cover associated costs, but you must apply for this before departure. All students should discuss the details with their home institution.

Where can I go?

There are currently 32 other countries that take part in this EU programme. Your Erasmus+ university representative will have a list of all European partner universities.

Why go?

Taking part in the Erasmus+ programme is part of your course, it is not a gap year, and you should receive formal academic recognition.

Carrying out a study period or a traineeship abroad is a huge boost to your self-confidence and your CV. You’ll acquire a broader range of skills to offer a future employer, helping you to succeed in an increasingly competitive international marketplace and you’ll have great fun doing it! 

How to apply

You will need to apply through your home higher education institution. Talk to your International/European Office for further information on deadlines, partner universities and eligibility.

About Erasmus+

Erasmus+ is the EU programme for education, training, youth and sport.

Erasmus+ started on 1 January 2014 and replaces current funding programmes run by the European Commission in the area of education, training, youth and sport, including the Lifelong Learning Programme (Erasmus, Comenius, Leonardo, Grundtvig and Transversal), Youth in Action and other international programmes including Jean Monnet and Erasmus Mundus.

The Erasmus+ programme runs from 2014-2020 and supports activities in education, training, youth and sport across all sectors of lifelong learning including higher education, further education, adult education, schools and youth activities.

Aims and objectives of Erasmus+

Erasmus+ aims to boost skills and employability as well as modernise education, training, and youth work across Europe. It has a budget of approximately 14.7 billion euros across Europe and will, over the next seven years, provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain work experience and volunteer abroad and will also support transnational partnerships between education, training and youth organisations, as well as support grassroots sport projects.

A new approach to funding for education and training

The structure of the Erasmus+ programme reflects a need for greater simplification and streamlining. By bringing education, training, youth and sport funding together the European Commission hopes to make funding opportunities more efficient and more accessible.

Erasmus+ is an integrated programme based around five Actions:

  •           Key Action 1 - Mobility of individuals
  •        Key Action 2 - Co-operation for innovation and the exchange of good practices
  •        Key Action 3 - Support for policy reform
  •        Jean Monnet activities
  •        Sport

Countries taking part in Erasmus+

Member States of the European Union plus some non-EU Programme Countries can apply for Erasmus+ funding and can fully take part in any Erasmus+ funded project or activity. Other countries, known as Partner Countries, can participate in some Erasmus+ actions as partners but please check the eligibility criteria for each activity before applying. 

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