What is Erasmus+?
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.
Erasmus+ and Brexit
In the context of current Brexit developments and the possibility of a "no deal" exit, it is not clear that UK institutions will be able to participate in the Erasmus+ programme in 2019-2020. While we hope that UK institutions will be able to continue their involvement until the end of the current project in 2020. In the event that mobility funding is not available via the Erasmus+ programme in 2019-2020, we will ensure that you are made aware of other possible sources of funding to which you can apply.
Who can go on Erasmus+?
Both undergraduate and postgraduate students can apply to take part in Erasmus+. You can take part any time after the first year, although it will depend on the structure of your degree and the arrangements your College has with its partners.
While studying abroad on a student exchange you must be pursuing the same course of study as you have been pursuing at Westminster and your study or work placement must be a formal part of your degree programme. You must study or work full-time, even if you are a part-time student.
Students undertaking study mobility at undergraduate level must be enrolled at least in the second year of higher education at the University of Westminster. The students undertaking traineeship mobility at undergraduate level must be enrolled as full-time students at the University of Westminster. Part-time students are eligible to participate in Erasmus+ providing they study full-time during their mobility period.
If you are unsure whether your degree offers the opportunity to study or work abroad then discuss the options available to you with your Academic Exchange Coordinator.
Students who want to undertake an Erasmus+ mobility either for studies or traineeship are eligible to apply provided they have discussed this with their Academic Exchange Coordinator, they have received their agreement and they have made sure that this mobility will not affect their studies.
Online Language Support during your Erasmus+ mobility
Online Language Support (OLS) is a language learning platform available for students who participate in the Erasmus+ Programme. If you want to know more about this platform, visit the official Erasmus page.
Students whose language of instruction is different to their native language are required to take an initial language assessment and a final language assessment. Depending on your results in the first assessment, you will be allocated a license to start an online language course. Your participation in this course is optional.
If you have not been allocated one but you are still interested in taking part in the language course, please send us a message at [email protected]
Students who obtain a C2 score in their initial assessment will not need to complete the final assessment at the end of their exchange or placement.
Please keep in mind that the results of your assessments or participation on your language course do not affect your study exchange, work placement or your Erasmus funding. This is a requirement from the National Agency as participants of the Erasmus+ Programme.
Erasmus Traineeships for final year students (Graduate Traineeships)
You may be eligible for funding under the Erasmus+ scheme once you have graduated from University, however there are a number of requirements that you must meet in order to do so.
- Submit the application with all relevant documents during their last year of study (before they graduate)
- Secure a position (before you are awarded your degree)
- Carry out and complete their traineeship abroad within one year of obtaining their graduation
Erasmus+ period abroad and grants
Students are eligible for 12 months of Erasmus+ in every cycle of Studies (UG, PG, PhD). If, as an undergraduate student, you have completed all 12 months of your Erasmus+ eligibility then you cannot apply for a Graduate Traineeship (you are eligible to apply for any remaining months).
Where can you go on Erasmus+?
All colleges at Westminster have a number of Erasmus+ agreements for student mobility in Europe. The institution to which you go on exchange will depend on what you are studying at the moment. For more details on where you can go, you can see the exchange partners for yourr course on Global Opportunities Blackboard.
To go abroad under the Erasmus+ scheme for studies, an exchange agreement needs to be in place (see the list in the above link). To go abroad under the Erasmus+ scheme for a traineeship, an exchange agreement is not a prerequisite.
Information on the programme countries that are involved are below, along with the grant amount per month.
Grant Rates 2019/2020
Student Mobility Rates
Up to €420 per month for group 1 countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Sweden, United Kingdom, Liechtenstein, Norway)
Up to €370 per month for group 2 countries (Austria, Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Greece, Spain, Cyprus, Netherlands, Malta, Portugal) and group 3 countries (Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey)
Plus additional €120 per month for students from disadvantaged backgrounds
Up to €520 per month for group 1 countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Sweden, United Kingdom, Liechtenstein, Norway)
Up to €470 per month for group 2 countries (Austria, Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Greece, Spain, Cyprus, Netherlands, Malta, Portugal) and group 3 countries (Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey)
Plus additional €20 per month for students from disadvantaged backgrounds on top of this higher grant amount.
How to apply
Please bear in mind that the UK may exit the EU without a deal. In the event of this happening on 31st October, funding would be provided via a UK Government underwrite. Funding requirements in term of paperwork are likely to remain unchanged. If you are interested in applying for an Erasmus grant, please email [email protected].
Please read the application guidance below prior to completing your grant application.
Please also note:
- To be eligible for funding, you must submit your Erasmus+ grant application at least one month before you start your mobility.
- If you are taking more than one mobility in the same academic year, you must reapply for a grant.
The University of Westminster is pleased to acknowledge the support of the European Commission under the Lifelong Learning Programme for its Erasmus+ activities.