What is Erasmus?
Erasmus is the European Commission's flagship educational programme for Higher Education students, teachers and institutions.
It provides opportunities for students to study or undertake a work placement abroad as part of their degree. Currently, nine out of every ten European higher education institutions participate in Erasmus, in 31 different countries!
The Erasmus Programme supports a wide range of activities including:
- Student and Staff Mobility
- Intensive Programmes
- Joint development and implementation of curriculum
- ECTS (European Credit Transfer System)
- Thematic Networks
- Preparatory Visits
Who, Where & Why?
Who Can Go?
There are no nationality restrictions on students who wish to participate in Erasmus. However, you cannot be in the first year, or in the majority of cases, in the final year of your degree.
Where Can I Go?
Not all courses offer the opportunity to study or work abroad, find out where you can go.
Stand Out in the Job Market
The job market nowadays is an international one, so when you graduate, not only will you be competing with UK graduates, but also with highly qualified graduates from other countries. In this multi-cultural, multi-lingual European job market, the ability to communicate in another language is highly desirable; and demonstrating that you have lived, studied and worked in another environment enables you to compete more effectively. Developing self-assurance and independence are the keys to a successful career. As less than five per cent of the student population participates in Erasmus - you’ll stand out and employers will notice you.
Mobility is a fact of life - we live in a mobile world where people travel in increasing numbers - it affects our work, our pleasure, our food, our law, our environment and our society. Well over one and a half million students have so far benefited from the Erasmus programme and the European Commission plans to reach a total of three million by 2012. Erasmus prepares you for this mobile world.
A different outlook
The Erasmus programme offers you the chance to study your subject in different contexts, with different teachers and different class mates. You’ll be surprised by the different approach and the insights that students from other countries can bring. It’s both challenging and highly rewarding.
The Erasmus experience will enhance your personal development, your job opportunities, your confidence, and your enjoyment of life. Erasmus students are not tourists - you'll live and participate in the day to day life of the country you choose. Living and studying in a new country is a challenge – you will find yourself facing new and unexpected situations. Overcoming these obstacles and learning to manage your life within another culture brings maturity, confidence and self-reliance – great life skills.
Not only will you acquire a broader range of skills to offer a future employer, but you’ll have fun doing it. Erasmus students say it is the best part of their time at university, after all nearly one in ten find their life partner while doing their Erasmus programme. For ideas of the festivals that go on in Europe take a look at our Fun things to do page and read some of our Case Studies to get an idea of what former Erasmus students experienced.
So, discover a different culture, make new friends from all over Europe, learn a foreign language and do something that will look great on your CV.
Experience Erasmus for yourself.
Student and Staff Mobility
Students in Higher Education may spend a study period in another participating country in the framework of agreed arrangements between universities. They generally receive a grant to help offset the 'mobility costs' of studying in another country, such as travel, language preparation and differences in the cost of living. Their award depends on several elements which vary from Country to Country.
Full academic recognition for the study period carried out abroad must be ensured before departure, generally by the means of an ECTS Learning Agreement (now used by more than 1000 institutions across Europe).
The programme is open to all higher education students (up to and including doctorate) from a participating country, except for students enrolled in their first year of Higher Education.
Financial support is given to higher education teaching staff to spend a short period (one week minimum) of fully integrated teaching assignments in a partner University.
This experience has an evident impact not only on the teacher directly involved, but also on students from both home and host University. It could also result in a first step towards further European cooperation.
Financial support is also available to non-academic staff to spend a short period (one week minimum) on a training assignment in a partner University. The purpose is to allow the beneficiaries to learn from the experiences and good practices of a partner institution and to improve the skills required for their current job. The main activity is a short stay in the partner institution that may include a short secondment period, job-shadowing scheme, study visit etc.
Student and Staff Mobility are carried out with the support of the Commission of the European Communities within the framework of the LLP Erasmus Programme.
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