Student exchanges

Erasmus grant

An Erasmus grant is available to participating students to assist with the extra costs of studying and working abroad.

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Erasmus activities are carried out with the support of the European Commission within the framework of the Erasmus+ Programme.

The Erasmus grant is intended as a contribution - it will not cover all the costs of your year, and should not be factored in to budgeting for core living expenses.

Am I eligible?

All participants of all nationalities are eligible to receive the Erasmus grant, as long as you are registered on a full-time degree programme.

A minimum of two months' continuous work or three months' study mobility must be completed. Study mobility must count for credit towards your Edinburgh degree. 

Work placements can be either credit bearing (compulsory) or non-credit bearing (optional). 

You may receive up to 12 months of Erasmus funding per study cycle: 

  • First cycle: Bachelor or equivalent
  • Second cycle: Master or equivalent
  • Third cycle: Doctorate or equivalent

This may be for Erasmus study placements, Erasmus traineeships, or a combination of both. 

How do I apply?

There is no application form to complete.  However, all participating students must submit specific Erasmus documents to the Go Abroad Office before departure. These documents will be provided to participants by the Go Abroad Office.

For any students undertaking two separate Erasmus periods (eg. Modern Languages students spending two semesters in two different countries, or an Erasmus exchange and an Erasmus traineeship), two sets of documents must be completed.

How much will I receive?

The monthly grant rates are set by the British Council each year, not by the University of Edinburgh.

Your Erasmus+ grant will be based on various criteria, including:

  • The duration of your stay abroad
  • The country in which your host institution is based
  • The type of Erasmus activity you are undertaking
  • Whether you meet criteria for widening participation/supplementary funding

Please refer to the table below to work out your funding allocation for your period of mobility. These are the amounts paid per month for the 2016/17 and 2017/18 academic year.

Please note that whilst the tables specify funding in EUR, you will receive your payment in GBP. Payments are made by bank transfer into a UK bank account at a fixed EUR to GBP exchange rate set by the European Commission.


Student exchange € euros

Traineeship € euros

Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Lichtenstein, Norway, Sweden

330 430

Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Greece,

Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal,

Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

280 380

Swiss-European mobility

Students going to Switzerland should note that they will be eligible to receive funding but this will be administered by their host institution, and not via the University of Edinburgh. 

When is the grant paid?

Grants are paid out in two instalments. You will receive the first instalment of your grant upon arrival at your host institution and on submission of the following:

  • Signed grant contract
  • Completed and signed learning agreement (or training agreement for students on traineeships)
  • Certificate of arrival
  • Completed Online Linguistic Support 1st assessment (if applicable)

The second instalment will be paid upon departure from your host institution and on completion of:

  • Online feedback report
  • Certificate of departure (or traineeship certificate for students on traineeships)
  • Online Linguistic Support 2nd assessment (if applicable)

You will receive 70% of your total grant in your first instalment and the remaining 30% in your second instalment.

Once we have requested your grant payment, this should arrive in approximately 2 weeks for a UK bank account and 1 month for a non-UK bank account.

Please note that this time frame is an estimateGrant payments may be delayed or withheld if the requested paperwork is not returned by participating students or if funding has not yet been received from the British Council.

Your grant will be paid in GBP according to the exchange rate at the time we received funding from the British Council – this may vary from the exchange rate at the time you receive your grant.

Supplementary grants

2017/18 students from lower income backgrounds may also be entitled to a monthly supplement of €120 (Erasmus+ mobility for studies) or 20€ (Erasmus traineeships).

UK students

Students from households with annual incomes of £25,000 or less will be eligible for the supplementary grant.

You will be assessed based on the information provided by the relevant student funding body for the previous academic year. If you are in receipt of the highest grant as set out by your home funding body you will be entitled to the supplementary grant. Edinburgh Global will gather the required information from the relevant departments within the University and will inform eligible students directly.

EU/International students

Non-UK students will be assessed based on their home country’s average wage and will be required to provide evidence of their household income, confirmation of the make-up of their household and any other supplementary evidence that they think would be relevant to their application.

Original documents and their translation in English should be submitted with explanatory notes or declarations as required. Applications will be assessed on a case by case basis, based on the information you include in your application and the documents that you provide to support your case for additional support.  

Please contact if you have any questions about the supplementary grant.

Funding for students with disabilities

Additional grants are available for students with special needs where participation would not be possible without extra financial support. They are available in cases where additional costs would exceed the normal grant allocations and funds cannot be obtained from other sources.

The grant covers approved actual costs. Please ensure you provide details in your application in the appropriate section. We will contact you to discuss your situation in confidence as soon as possible if you wish to explore this possibility.

Repayment of grant

If you return earlier than planned from your Erasmus placement and have already received Erasmus funding, you will be required to repay all/part of the funding you received to the University. Please bear this in mind if you make any changes to your Erasmus activity.

Related links

Traineeships and work placements