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Erasmus Programme: Everything You Need to Know

The Erasmus Programme is a student exchange programme that works across Europe. Erasmus stands for European Region Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students. The Erasmus Programme is one of the most popular exchange programmes in Europe today, the programme has been running since 1987 and has a number of parallel schemes that they run too.

How Long Can I Go Away For?

Unfortunately, there is a limit to the time scale that you can go away for. If you go to a university in the European Union, you have a minimum stay of three months and a maximum stay of twelve months. No matter how long you go away for, it is crucial that you have European health insurance!

When Can I Start Using the Erasmus Programme?

Slow it down there, slick! You can’t use Erasmus until you’re in the second year of university or later than that, depending on what course you happen to be studying.

Your course may have a year studying abroad at another university as mandatory. A lot of language courses will require you to go abroad, however, often going abroad will be an option rather than strictly mandatory, but this depends on the course that you’re doing and the university that you happen to be studying at.

How Can I Apply for the Programme?

You should speak to your university if you’re thinking of studying abroad.  Your university will most likely have an Erasmus office that will handle issues such as these. You can also speak to any lecturers that you have and they will be able to give some personal advice and the Student Advisor will also bring many benefits. Where do I want to study in Europe, I hear you scream! Be sure to research the different countries where you are able to study, all will have benefits and drawbacks, only you can evaluate and decide what is best for you.

Where Can I Go?

You’ve got a pretty long list if we’re being totally honest. Nearly one thousand institutes partner with the scheme and allow foreign students to visit the premises, although the list is likely to be affected by Britain’s recent exit from the European Union (Brexit, if you will). It is important to have a study abroad back up plan, so once you have researched the different possibilities, pick at least 3 options, don’t rely on just one institution.

 

Will I Have to Pay Any Additional Fees for Studying Abroad?

No you won’t. When studying abroad, you can actually do yourself a big favour in terms of your own student loan. If you study abroad for the full academic year, then you will only be required a maximum of fifteen percent of your tuition fees for that year. However, if you studied for less than twenty-four weeks, then you will have to pay the full amount.

Is There a Deadline for Applying for the Programme?

There is a deadline, yes. This can vary from university to university as it will all very much depend on what your university’s stipulations are; although the most common deadline usually happens to be around the winter term.

Can I Get Any Grants or Loans Towards My Stay Abroad?

Your university will often have a grant or a fund for this sort of thing, which very much depends on whereabouts you are going and the cost-of-living in that area too. The going rate for most universities is around €250-€300, which goes towards student accommodation and your living costs, although this can change depending on the university that you happen to be studying at. You can also get an additional €100 towards your stay if you have any special needs that need accommodating.

How Many Universities or Institutes Take Part in Erasmus?

At the time of this article going live, the programme has over a thousand institutions available for people to look into.

So there you have it! A small article, but an informative article. The Erasmus programme is a fairly straightforward programme to understand, but most of the information you will need to know will be handled by your university as they will most likely have separate information or separate rules that they adhere. From this, we recommend that you speak to your university if you have any other issues.