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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For more information about the Erasmus+ grant for students working abroad, please refer to the Work Abroad web pages.

Find out more about working abroad 

The information below is for students studying abroad through Erasmus+.

Erasmus+ and the EU referendum

The University of Edinburgh is currently participating in the Erasmus+ programme, and will continue to do so until further notice.

Students going on Erasmus+ study or work placement in 2019/20 will continue to be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant for as long as the UK participates in the Erasmus+ programme.

Provided an agreement is reached with the EU that UK universities can participate in Erasmus+ projects after the UK’s planned departure from the EU, students will be able to go abroad and receive funding through the Erasmus+ programme until the end of the current Erasmus+ programme in 2020/21.

The University of Edinburgh has applied for Erasmus+ funding to support students going on Erasmus+ exchange in 2019/20 and we are currently waiting for confirmation of funding from the British Council (the UK National Agency for Erasmus+).

Students nominated for an Erasmus+ exchange in 2019/20 should continue planning and preparing for their exchange as normal. We will continue to monitor external developments and update outgoing Erasmus+ students as more information becomes known.

Please refer to our dedicated EU news webpage for the most up to date details on the wider impact of the result of the referendum.

University of Edinburgh EU News

How does the Erasmus+ grant work?

The Erasmus+ programme is financed by the European Commission and provides funding for students to study abroad in Europe.

To claim Erasmus+ funding for study placements through the University, you must:

  • Be currently registered on a degree programme at the University of Edinburgh
  • Be nominated to study abroad at one of our Erasmus+ partner institutions through the Erasmus+ programme
    • To find out which institutions this includes, see the Exchange Destination Booklet
  • Submit your Erasmus+ documents in due time once they become available on your Mobility Online workflow

Applying for funding

Eligibility and how to apply

Erasmus+ study placements in Europe are mostly reserved for undergraduate students (with some exceptions depending on subject).

Students must submit an application in their second year during the application period in November to go on exchange the following year.

If you are selected for an Erasmus+ study placement, you will automatically be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant and you do not need to send a separate application for the grant.

Can I receive Erasmus+ funding for more than one study placement?

You can receive a maximum of 12 months of Erasmus+ funding in total per study cycle:

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

You can use Erasmus+ funding to cover one or more study placements, or towards a combination of study and work placements/traineeships.

For instance, if you previously spent 9 months on an Erasmus+ study placement, you can claim a maximum of  3 months' additional funding towards an Erasmus+ traineeship within the same cycle.

Funding amounts

Grant amount

Your Erasmus+ grant is calculated based on the duration and destination of your exchange. The table below shows 2018/19 Erasmus+ grant rates for study placements:

Country Grant amount
Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden 350€/month

Austria, Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Greece, Spain, Cyprus, Netherlands, Malta, Portugal

Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey

300€/month

Supplementary grant

A supplementary Erasmus+ grant, which provides an extra €120 per month (€4 per day), is available for students from lower-income backgrounds who are undertaking an Erasmus+ study placement.

For UK students, this normally applies if your annual household income is £25,000 or less. We will assess your eligibility for the supplementary grant based on the information provided by your student funding body. You will normally not be asked to provide evidence of your household income as we already hold this information. Eligible students will be informed directly before the start of your exchange.

For non-UK students, eligibility for the supplementary grant will depend on your annual household income and the relevant economic indicators of your country of origin, if applicable. You will be required to submit an application form, providing evidence of your annual household income, to be considered for the supplementary grant. Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis, based on the information you include in your application and the documentation that you provide to support your case for the supplementary grant.

Students nominated to go on Erasmus+ exchange will receive detailed guidelines, including eligibility criteria and information about how to apply for the supplementary grant, before departure.

Funding for students with disabilities

Additional funding is available for students with special needs, where participation would not be possible without extra financial support (e.g. where additional costs would exceed the normal grant allocations and funds cannot be obtained from other sources).

You can notify us of any requirements using the "Specific requirements" question on the application form. Alternatively, if you wish to discuss your situation in confidence, you can contact us by email at erasmus.outgoing@ed.ac.uk.

Receiving the grant

How

Your total grant is calculated in euros, but will be paid in pounds to your UK bank account, using a fixed exchange rate for 2018/19 (£1 - €1.1227). Your total grant entitlement will be shown on your Erasmus+ grant contract, which you must sign before the start of your exchange.

You won't be asked to send any receipts or justify how you spend your Erasmus+ grant. You can also cumulate the grant with other sources of funding, such as student loans, bursaries, salary from your employer or a private source of funding. However, please bear in mind that the Erasmus+ grant is intended to be a contribution towards your living expenses and will not cover all the costs of your time abroad.

Your grant will be transferred directly into your account once you have submitted the required documents (payments to UK bank accounts only). You will need to save your bank details and upload the Erasmus+ grant contract on our online system, Mobility Online.

When

Your grant will be paid in two instalments:

First instalment

This will be 70% of your total grant amount. We will pay this at the start of your exchange, and upon completion/submission of the following:

  • Risk assessment
  • Grant contract
  • Learning agreement
  • Certificate of arrival
  • Online Linguistic Test (if applicable)

Second instalment

This will be the remaining amount of your total grant. We will pay this once you have completed your exchange, and upon completion/submission of the following:

  • European Commission online feedback report
  • Certificate of Departure
  • 2nd Online Linguistic Test (if applicable)

Once we have sent a payment request for your grant, you should receive it in approximately two weeks.

Whilst we endeavour to process all payments as soon as possible, during busy periods it may take a little longer for the grant to reach your account.

Your grant may also be delayed or withheld if you do not submit your documents in time, or if the University of Edinburgh experiences a delay in receiving Erasmus+ funding from the British Council. We strongly advise not to rely solely on the Erasmus+ grant for urgent expenses such as rent or core living needs.

Conditions of funding

Interrupting your exchange or returning early

If the dates of your Erasmus+ study placement change, we will recalculate your Erasmus+ grant accordingly. This means you may have to repay part of the funding you've already received, based on your exchange duration - so bear this in mind if you change your plans!

If your exchange is shorter than the minimum duration (3 months for study placements), you will lose your eligibility for Erasmus+ funding and you might be required to repay the totality of the grant you've already received.

Tuition fees

If you normally pay a tuition fee to the University of Edinburgh, taking part in the Erasmus+ programme might affect this. To check what your fees will be, please refer to the Scholarships and Student Funding webpages:

Scholarships and Student Funding - Year Abroad