Erasmus opportunities abroadBy British Council
Study or work abroad opportunities for higher education students in Europe.
Erasmus is the European Union’s programme for higher education students who want to study or work in another European country, as part of their degree course. Almost three million students in Europe have taken part in the programme since 1987. It is managed by the British Council in the UK.
Why take part?
It will enhance your personal development, your job opportunities, your confidence and your enjoyment of life. You will acquire a broader range of skills to impress a future employer, probably get a better degree!
Unlike a gap year, Erasmus is an integral part of your course, so the time counts towards your degree and you will receive formal academic recognition.
All eligible students receive a grant from the EU, paid in addition to the standard grants or loans to which you are currently entitled. This is a supplementary, non-repayable grant and is not means-tested. Work placement students may also receive a salary.
There are also other financial incentives for students from the UK, such as tuition fee contributions and additional support for disabled students and students going to the less visited countries.
Who can take part?
It is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students in all subjects and at all levels studying in one of the 33 participating countries.
It’s not just for language students — students from all subject areas can take part, with many universities running courses in English.
What can you do?
You can study and/or carry out a work placement for 3 to 12 months. Most students go abroad with Erasmus in their second or third year, although students doing a work placement can go in their first year.
Want to experience Erasmus for yourself?
Make sure you don’t miss out on what will probably be the most rewarding and exciting time of your university life.
If already at university, contact your local Erasmus co-ordinator/Study Abroad officer or visit the British Council website for further information.