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, this will likely depend on developments over the next few weeks. 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, including our own Distant Horizons Awards.
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.
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.
Erasmus Traineeships for final year students
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
If you have received the Erasmus+ grant already during your time at the University of Westminster, then your grant will be adjusted to reflect how much you are entitled to receive.
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, please see the student exchange partners list.
Information on the programme countries that are involved are below, along with the grant amount per month. Please note these rates are for academic year 18/19, once we have them for the forthcoming year, we will update the pages accordingly.
Countries with a high cost of living, the grant per month to study is €350, and to work is €450:
Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden
Countries with a lower cost of living, the grant per month to study is €300, and to work is €400:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Students from a disadvantaged background undertaking study mobility, a supplementary grant of €120 per month and those undertaking work will receive an extra €20.
How to apply
Please apply with the application form using the button below:
Please read the application guidance below for the grant application form carefully and make sure your form is filled in completely before you submit it.
The grant application for 2019-20 is now open with the following deadlines:
- Semester 1 or full academic year exchange – 15 May 2019
- Semester 2 exchange – 15 July 2019
- Traineeship – 31 January 2020
Please also note:
- In order to be eligible for funding, you must submit your Erasmus+ grant application by the above deadline or at least one month before you start your mobility, whichever comes first
- You should apply for an Erasmus+ grant by the deadline even if your study or work placement in 2019–20 has not yet been confirmed
- Please complete the application form with as much detail as possible and state 'to be confirmed' where information is not yet known
- Students who apply after the deadline of 31 January 2019 will need to reapply for the following year's funding (academic year 2020-21). Students may not receive their funding until September 2020 or later
You must confirm second placements to the Student Mobility Team by 15 December 2019 to be considered for funding.
The University of Westminster is pleased to acknowledge the support of the European Commission under the Lifelong Learning Programme for its Erasmus+ activities.