What is Erasmus?

I was thinking about going abroad for a semester and I've heard about Erasmus. Could you tell me what it is?

This question was asked on 26th June 2014 and has been read 1350 times.

  • Lizzie Fane · 5 years ago

    Erasmus enables you to study or work in another university in one of 32 other countries in Europe, as part of you degree course. You don't have to be doing a language course; students from all subject areas can take part, with many universities even running courses in English. All eligible students receive a grant from the EU to help towards the additional costs of travelling abroad.Whether you go for three months or 12, it will enhance your personal development, your job opportunities, your confidence, and your enjoyment of life. Not only will you acquire a broader range of skills to offer a future employer, but you'll have fun doing it!

    Here is some more information about the Erasmus programme!

  • David Scott · 5 years ago

    Erasmus no longer exists! The new programme (launched in 2014) is called 'Erasmus+' and has some differences compared to the old scheme. This is the UK website:  https://www.erasmusplus.org.uk/

    My daughter's university has not yet been able to give details of how much grant she will receive (even though her placement starts in 3 weeks). I've emailed the Erasmus+ team to ask about how grants are allocated and they replied promptly.

    For me the main area of concern is that rather than receiving a fixed monthly grant per head, UK institutions are given a block budget ('based on an analysis of their past performance') and have a lot of discretion in how it is allocated to individual students. This means that two students from different institutions can receive different levels of grant even if they work/study in the same town for their year abroad. This seems to me like a recipe for unfairness.

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