The aim of a work placement abroad is to develop skills you've learnt in the classroom in a practical real-world experience, combined with the added dimension of strengthening your cross-cultural competencies.
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An international work experience will enhance your employability and could be a valuable stepping stone as perhaps your first professional role.
If you're undertaking a work placement in Europe as an accredited part of your degree, you may be able to receive Erasmus+ funding.
We have to apply for sufficient Erasmus+ funding based on the number of students we have applying for grants. You need to let us know at least 2 months before your placement, and all requests must be made by January for that academic year.
The European Commission have clarified that from 2020 any mobility undertaken in the participants’ home country (country of origin) will not be eligible for Erasmus+ funding.
University of Essex remains an international community where you find the world in one place. When the UK leaves Europe on the 31st December 2020, Erasmus+ funding will continue for all students commencing a period of mobility during 2020-22. Upon receiving an institutional grant contract for 2020-22 from the UK National Agency, delegated by the European Commission to deliver the Erasmus+ programme in the UK, Essex Abroad will contact eligible students to provide the details of their grant and the supporting Erasmus+ documents which will be required in order to release funding. Following the completion and return of the required documents from students, grant payments will be made in accordance with the 80/20 payment rule whereby 80% will be paid at the start of your time abroad once you have signed your grant agreement and 20% will be paid when we receive your certificate of departure. Erasmus+ funding is not guaranteed and is subject to the completion of these documents between all parties as above.