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+ 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 - even 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. Your study period abroad can last from a minimum of 3 months (or 1 academic term or trimester) to a maximum of 12 months. You can benefit of an exchange abroad with Erasmus+ multiple times, either as a student or as a trainee, but your total time abroad (study abroad periods included) may not exceed 12 months within one cycle of study.
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 university or higher education institution.
The European Commission published 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 webpage.
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.
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.
ERASMUS MUNDUS JOINT MASTER DEGREES
With Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees, you can receive a full degree scholarship for a Master-level international study programme. Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees are distinguished by their academic excellence and the high level of integration of the courses between multiple higher education institutions across countries. The EMJMD Catalogue displays the masters offering Erasmus Mundus funded scholarships.
Students are selected by the individual EMJMDs, which have their own selection procedures. The application process, the deadlines and the entrance criteria may vary from one course to another. You will find further information about the specific selection procedure and the requirements of each EMJMD on their website.
ERASMUS+ INTERNATIONAL CREDIT MOBILITY
If you’re a UK student, you can study abroad at higher education institutions around the world beyond the European Union, from Albania and Australia to Uzbekistan and Zimbabwe, through Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility as part of your degree. Most countries around the world are now taking part, but you will need to check with your university to see with which universities they partner.
You can study abroad for any period from three months to a year, depending on how this fits with your study and the arrangement with your home university. You will need to apply to your home university, who will usually recruit in the winter for students who wish to take part in the following academic year.
You don’t have to pay to take part in International Credit Mobility. You receive an Erasmus+ grant – as a contribution to the cost of studying abroad – of around € 650 per month, plus a top-up depending on the distance to the country you are travelling to.
The Erasmus+ Master Loan scheme is not available anymore for UK students. You can only apply if you are going to study at these universities as incoming student:
- University of Luxembourg (incoming students into Luxembourg only)
- University of Cyprus (incoming students into the Republic of Cyprus only)
The European Funding Guide is 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
The Scholarship Portal is another search engine helping you to find a scholarship to fund your studies all over the world.
EURAXESS - Researchers in Motion is a unique pan-European initiative delivering information and support services to professional researchers. Backed by the European Union, member states and associated countries, it supports researcher mobility and career development, while enhancing scientific collaboration between Europe and the world.
Postgraduate Funding is a database of small grants & bursaries for postgraduate studies all over the world.
The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions is a research fellowship programme supporting researchers at all stages of their careers, regardless of age and nationality. Researchers working across all disciplines are eligible for funding.
Horizon 2020 is a EU funding programme for research and innovation, which provides research and innovation funding for multi-national collaboration projects as well as for individual researchers and supports SMEs with a special funding instrument.
Visit the 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.
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 several sections which contain specific types of information:
- Learning Opportunities: links to websites 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.
- 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;
- Recognition of diplomas and qualifications;
- Contact: list of contacts by country/region and level of education.
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 Erasmus+ programme.
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. You can also visit ESN UK and contact them if you would like to get involved in their activities.
Visit the Global Graduates website for lots of useful student information.