What is Erasmus+?
Erasmus+ is a Europe-wide programme funded by the European Commission. Erasmus is the part of the Erasmus+ programme, which gives you the exciting opportunity to spend time studying or working in Europe during your course.
As an Erasmus student, you will receive an Erasmus grant to help you with the extra costs of living abroad. You may also receive a contribution towards your tuition fees at Ulster University during your year abroad.
Can I take part?
In order to take part in Erasmus you must:
- be registered on a course at Ulster University that includes a placement for studies or traineeship (work placement).
- have the approval of your Departmental Erasmus Coordinator or Placement Tutor.
- be in good academic standing when you leave for your Erasmus placement for studies/traineeship.
"The whole experience was brilliant and I would definitely recommend anyone to give it a go!"– Amie Boyle, BDes Hons Design for Creative Practice. Studied in Bauhaus Universität, Germany.
The following countries participate in the Erasmus programme:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Turkey.
Where can I study?
Your choice of study destination will depend upon which universities have signed Erasmus+ exchange agreements with Ulster University in your subject area. Contact your Departmental Erasmus Coordinator for more information.
It is possible to take two Erasmus placements for studies in one academic year. For example, you could study for one semester in France followed by one semester in Germany as long as each placement is a) approved by your Departmental Erasmus Coordinator b) at least three months in duration and c) fully credited.
Where can I work?
You can work in any of the participating countries listed above.
It is possible to take more than one Erasmus traineeship in one academic year. For example, you could have a traineeship for three months in Denmark followed by a traineeship for six months in Italy as long as each traineeship is a) approved by your Departmental Erasmus Coordinator/Placement Tutor b) at least two months in duration, and c) fully credited.
It is also possible to combine an Erasmus placement for studies with an Erasmus traineeship during one academic year.
How much grant will I get?
Erasmus grant rates for 2018/2019 have been set at between €300 and €470 per 30 days depending on which country you will study or work in (see table below).
|High cost of living countries||Lower cost of living countries|
|Grant rate (per 30 days) |
High cost of living countries
|Grant rate (per 30 days) |
Low cost of living countries
|€450 for Traineeship (work placements)|
€450 for Study Placements
|€400 for Traineeship (work placements)|
€300 for Study Placements
|Supplementary Allowance for Disadvantaged students* (per 30 days)|
€120 for Study Placements
€20 for Traineeship (work Placements)
*For students from a household with an annual income of £25000 or less in 2016/17.
Please note: we cannot guarantee to fund you for the full duration of your Erasmus placement for studies/traineeship.
How do I apply?
- Decide where you want to study or work
- Apply to the Erasmus host institution or organisation
- Apply for an Erasmus grant
Decide where you want to study or work
Speak to your Departmental Erasmus Coordinator/Placement Tutor to find out which university has signed an Erasmus+ agreement in your subject area.
Speak to your Placement Tutor or check with the Career Development Centre to find out about any traineeships that you can apply for in Europe.
Apply to the Erasmus host institution or organisation
Follow your chosen Erasmus host institution's instructions to submit an application for study.
Apply to your chosen organisation/enterprise for your traineeship.
The Erasmus Grant Application for 2017-18 has now CLOSED.
The Erasmus Grant Application 2018-19; for placements/studies starting from 1 June 2018, will open in early May. Please check this section again in May, when all relevant information will be made available for the 2018-19 Erasmus Grant Applications.
Apply for an Erasmus grant
When your placement for studies is confirmed by your Erasmus host institution or your traineeship is confirmed by your employer, you can apply online for your Erasmus grant.
To complete your grant application go to our online Erasmus grant application form. This form is suitable for Erasmus placements/traineeships that start on or after 1 June 2017 and end by 30 September 2018. You will need to register your email address and password (on the right-hand side of the screen) before you can log in to the Erasmus grant application form (on the left-hand side of the screen).
You must submit your Erasmus grant application form at least 10 working days before your Erasmus placement begins. Late or incomplete applications cannot be accepted.
You will be asked to upload the following documents with your Erasmus grant application:
- Transcript of records (available from your student portal)
- copy of your passport
- Approval Form - filled in by your Department Erasmus Coordinator/Placement Tutor
- confirmation of acceptance at your Erasmus placement (this could be an email or contract from your host institution or organisation)
You will need to complete a Learning Agreement for Studies or Traineeship for your Erasmus placement. Ask your Departmental Erasmus Coordinator or Placement Tutor for a copy of the Learning Agreement.
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