Study abroad

Dreaming of studying abroad but not sure where to start? Have a look at the options through Erasmus+, check out some of our recommended websites for further advice or see what funding is available. 

 

Erasmus+

Erasmus+ helps organise student and doctoral candidate exchanges within Erasmus+ Programme countries and to and from Partner countries. By studying abroad with Erasmus+, you can improve your communication, language and inter-cultural skills and gain soft skills highly valued by future employers. You can also combine your period spent studying abroad in a Programme country with a traineeship to gain work experience - ever more important when starting out on the job market. Opportunities to study abroad are available to students at Bachelor and Master levels and Doctoral candidates. Access to Erasmus+ Online Linguistic Support will help you learn the language used for your studies if you are moving between Programme countries. Students with physical, mental or health-related conditions may apply for additional funding after they have been selected to study abroad.

As a general rule, it is not possible to apply for Erasmus+ funding as an individual. If you would like to study abroad with Erasmus+ support you will need to contact your institution. 

The European Commission has produced some frequently asked questions (FAQs) for higher education students and staff which might help you understand how it works. The Erasmus+ National Agency also has a section specifically for students in its FAQs section.

The Erasmus+ Master Loan scheme is a student loan guarantee scheme with favourable pay-back terms to support students who wish to study a master’s programme in another European country. The Master Loan scheme is aimed at students who study in a European country that is neither their country of residence nor the country in which they obtained their first degree. Through the Master Loan scheme students will be able to borrow a maximum of €12,000 for a one-year master’s programme and €18,000 for a two-year master’s programme.The Erasmus+ Master Loan is now available in France, Spain, the UK, and Luxembourg. 

The Erasmus+ app aims to help you plan and carry out your year abroad. It allows you to easily track your progress before, during and after your mobility; to share and vote for your preferred tips to help others integrate into the local community; and to improve your language skills via a direct link to the Erasmus+ Online Linguistic Support platform. The Erasmus+ Mobile App is available on Google Play Store and iTunes App Store.

Recommended websites
  • Ploteus is a portal that provides an answer to whoever wishes to study abroad. Students, job seekers, workers, parents, teachers and guidance counsellors can find in Ploteus available information on learning opportunities in Europe at European, national and regional level. It functions as a search engine and is structured in five main sections which contain specific types of information:
    • Learning Opportunities: links to web sites of universities and higher education institutions; databases of schools, vocational training and adult education courses;
    • Education Systems: descriptions and explanations about the different education systems in Europe, by country;
    • Exchange & Grants: list of available grants and scholarship in European countries, who to contact, how to apply etc. e.g. Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, etc;
    • Moving to a country: cost of living, tuition fees, finding accommodation, legal framework and other general information needed when moving abroad to another European country;
    • Contact: list of contacts by country/region and level of education.  

Ploteus is available in 25 languages and provides information on 31 countries and 32 studying languages.

  • Study in Europe aims to help students worldwide find higher education study, scholarship and research opportunities in Europe.This website provides information about 33 European countries that are also  part of the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme , which provides study-abroad opportunities for students from Europe and from partner countries in other parts of the world.
  • The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is the biggest student association in Europe. It was founded on the 16th October 1989 and legally registered in 1990 for supporting and developing student exchange. ESN is present in more than 800 Higher Education Institutions from 39 countries. ESN involves around 34,000 young people offering its services to around 200,000 international students every year.
  • Eurasmus: gives you infomation on different study abroad desitnations in Europe as well as accommodation and internships. Founded in 2013, Eurasmus comprises a group of young yet experienced entrepreneurs who aim to find solutions to the hurdles of student life abroad. Their service is free for both students and universities. 
Funding
  • Study in Europe: other than funding information this website also provides you with general higher education information, choosing and applying for a study programme, research opportunities, short-term study opportunities and more. 
  • European Funding Guide: run by a non-profit organisation based in Germany, this website aims to bring transparency in the EU funding landscape and to ensure that study support is being accessible for everyone. You will need to create an account to get match with grants and scholarships
  • Study UK - Scholarships and financial support: British Council's scholarships list.
  • Scholarship Search: website by Hotcourses and UCAS which allows you to search for scholarships by organisation and by subject. 
  • The Erasmus+ Master Loan scheme is a student loan guarantee scheme with favourable pay-back terms to support students who wish to study a master’s programme in another European country. The Master Loan scheme is aimed at students who study in a European country that is neither their country of residence nor the country in which they obtained their first degree. Through the Master Loan scheme students will be able to borrow a maximum of €12,000 for a one-year master’s programme and €18,000 for a two-year master’s programme.The Erasmus+ Master Loan is now available in France, Spain, the UK, and Luxembourg.
  • European Commission site listing scholarship support for Masters studies: for more information about Erasmus+ Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees, Intra-Africa and Intra-ACP Academic Mobility Schemes