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.
University of Essex remains an international community where you find the world in one place. Irrespective of whether the UK leaves the EU with or without a deal, students currently receiving funding under Erasmus+ in 2018-19 will continue to receive the remainder of their grant.
If the UK leaves Europe with a deal it is anticipated that Erasmus+ funding will continue for all students commencing a period of mobility during 2019-20.
Should the UK leave the EU without a deal, students who are eligible to receive Erasmus+ funding in 2019-20 and commence their activity prior to the date that the UK leaves EU, will be guaranteed to receive Erasmus+ funding. However, any activity commencing after the date of the UK’s exit from the EU will not be eligible for Erasmus+ funding.
For 2019-20, after receiving an institutional grant contract from the UK National Agency, delegated by the European Commission to deliver the Erasmus+ programme in the UK, Essex Abroad will contact all 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 (see ‘receiving your grant’ above for further information).
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.