The European Commission’s flagship programme, ERASMUS+, generously provides funding for students of any nationality, who are studying (3-12 months in duration) or undertaking a traineeship (2-12 months in duration) at Erasmus+ partner institutions within Europe. Students do not need to apply and Essex Abroad will contact you if you are eligible.
Erasmus+ is a European programme managed by the British Council, which provides funding opportunities for:
- study abroad for students
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Erasmus+ may provide you with a financial grant if you study abroad at an eligible partner institution in the EU or a partner outside of the EU within the Erasmus+ outside of Europe programme.
The grant is a contribution towards the costs of living abroad, and is not intended to cover all costs whilst abroad. In 2018-19 the grant rates range from €300-350 per month depending on the country you choose. The total is calculated based on the number of months you're going abroad for, the grant rate set by the UK National Agency, and will be paid in two instalments.
An additional grant of €120 per month may apply for disadvantaged students including students with a disability and/or students from households with an annual income of £25,000 or less (as assessed by the SFE).
How to apply
You don’t have to apply for the Erasmus + grant, Essex Abroad will contact you directly with all the necessary information if you are eligible. We'll provide detailed information about when you will be receiving your grant and what documents you will have to provide and when during the pre-departure conference.
Receiving your grant
If you're studying abroad for a full year, you'll receive your grant in two instalments. For 2018-19 the instalments were as follows:
- 80% will be paid at the start of your time abroad once you have signed your grant agreement.
- 20%* will be paid when we receive your certificate of departure.
*The Erasmus+ grant is calculated according to your specific dates of study. If these differ to the originally intended start and end date detailed in your grant agreement, your final instalment may no longer represent an equal 80-20 split.
The grant will be paid to your nominated UK bank account. When planning your budget, remember that the Erasmus+ grant is a contribution to the costs you’ll incur abroad and is not intended to cover your whole period of studying abroad.
Terms and conditions
If you do not complete your year abroad, or withdraw from your year abroad, you will be asked to repay your grant in full.
Please note that students in receipt of an Erasmus+ grant will not be eligible to receive the Banco Santander or Essex Abroad Bursary.
University of Essex remains an international community where you find the world in one place. This includes commitment to the Erasmus+ programme for both students and staff. More update about the future of Erasmus+ programme can be found on the British Council website which confirms that the UK Government’s policy is still to secure a deal with the EU. The website states: ‘’The UK Government has made it clear that it values international exchanges and collaboration in education and training. The joint report on progress during phase 1 of negotiations between the UK and the EU states that ‘following withdrawal from the Union, the UK will continue to participate in the Union programmes financed by the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2014-2020 until their closure’. Erasmus+ is one such programme and under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement UK organisations’ eligibility to apply for Erasmus+ funds during this period will remain unchanged for the duration of projects under the current programme.’’
In the event of a no-deal scenario, students currently receiving funding under Erasmus+ for 2018/19 will continue to receive the remainder of their payments. For students undertaking a period of study abroad in Europe from 2019/20, the Erasmus+ funding which is non-guaranteed, will be withdrawn. We will continue to update our website with further details as they become available.
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