Erasmus+ provides students with the opportunity to study abroad in Europe for a minimum of 3 months to a maximum of 12 months (360 days) as part of your degree.
As part of Erasmus+, you can also work abroad for a minimum of 2 months to a maximum of 12 months.
At its heart, the Erasmus+ Programme seeks to support the mobility of students and staff to gain a greater understanding of the European region, and to develop students' skills-sets and self-reliance to succeed as a graduate in our globalised world.
University of Westminster and Brexit
Last year, the UK Government issued an assurance to underwrite the payment of Erasmus funding in the event of a No Deal Brexit for the duration of the current programme (until 2020). However, more recent information from the UK Government released over the last month has cast some doubt on this underwrite and we are now awaiting further clarity on the implications of this, and how it may affect two distinct groups of students – those out on an Erasmus placement this year 2018-19, and those intending to undertake an Erasmus+ funded mobility in 2019-20. This is what we know at the moment:
Students on an Erasmus placement in 2018-19
Discussions are ongoing regarding the UK's continued participation in the Erasmus programme. In the event of a No Deal Exit, the European Commission has expressed its support for the UK’s continued participation in Erasmus for EU and UK students currently on an exchange placement in 2018-19. As a result we are optimistic that the expected funding will remain in place for Westminster students currently abroad or due to go out in the current academic year.
Students planning an Erasmus placement in 2019-20
The situation for students planning to undertake an Erasmus placement in 2019-20 is less clear. The University is working with our European University partners to ensure bilateral agreements are in place that would effectively replicate our existing Erasmus partnerships should the need arise. However if there is a No Deal Exit, both Erasmus and UK Government underwrite funding may no longer be available for 2019-20 placements. Should that be the case, the University will continue to look for alternative funding opportunities for students to continue to undertake overseas mobilities.
If you have applied or were considering applying for an Erasmus placement for 2019-20, we would advise you to continue with this process. The University is monitoring this continually changing situation and we will keep students updated as we know more.
Healthcare after Brexit
Studying or working in an EU country
Your EHIC or A1 National Insurance form may not be valid if there is a no-deal Brexit. You should consider buying comprehensive insurance to cover your healthcare for the full length of your course or placement.
Check the NHS country guides for the latest information on the country you are studying in.
Further information is available on the Gov.uk site.
What students say
The opportunity to experience a different culture is a special thing and the memories you are left with are priceless. The experience will do much to improve various areas such as communication skills and global awareness.
The experience has helped me secure a graduate job with a leading real estate firm. During my assessment centre and interview, I felt a great sense of confidence as I was equipped with international experience which helped me standout.
A once in a lifetime experience! It is so important to learn the perspectives that the East have on your field of study, particularly if you’re studying Psychology. It will also make you more employable when you graduate.