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.
An international work experience will enhance your employability and could be a valuable stepping stone as perhaps your first professional role.
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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.
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undertaking a period of study abroad in Europe from 2019/20, the Erasmus+ funding which is non-guaranteed, will be withdrawn.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.
Further advice and support for our students about Brexit is available.
Details about other forms of funding can be found on our Funding and Finance page.