The Erasmus grant can help with the extra costs of undertaking a traineeship or placement abroad.
The University of Edinburgh is currently participating in the Erasmus+ programme, and will continue to do so until further notice.
2019/20 study/work placements
Students who have already started an Erasmus+ study or work placement will continue to be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant and can proceed with their placement without interruptions, even if there is a no-deal Brexit. You can find more detailed information about the EU’s Erasmus+ Brexit contingency measures on the European Commission’s website.
Students who will be starting an Erasmus+ study or work placement after the UK’s departure from the EU will continue to be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant for the duration of their period abroad, provided a deal is reached between the EU and the UK, which includes a transition period.
If the UK leaves the EU without a deal and the UK no longer participates in the Erasmus+ programme, students starting a 2019/20 Erasmus+ placement after Brexit will be eligible for funding equivalent to Erasmus+ grants through the UK government’s guarantee, provided their receiving organisation agrees to host them out-with the Erasmus+ programme. Read about the UK government's guarantee.
The University of Edinburgh is working closely with its European partner institutions to make sure that student study/work placements due to start after the UK leaves the EU can still take place, even if there is a no-deal Brexit.
Students who have applied for an Erasmus+ placement in 2019/20 should continue planning and preparing for their placement as normal. We will continue to monitor external developments and update outgoing Erasmus+ students as more information becomes known.
2020/21 study/work placements
Funding for students going on study/work placement in Europe in 2020/21 is dependent on the wider Brexit negotiations. The University of Edinburgh will guarantee funding equivalent to current Erasmus+ grants for students on degree programmes with a compulsory period of study/work abroad in Europe in 2020/21. These include Modern European Languages, International Business, Law with a Language, Physics with a Year Abroad and Chemistry with a Year Abroad.
Please refer to our dedicated EU news webpage for the most up to date details on the wider impact of Brexit on Erasmus+
The Erasmus+ programme is funded by the European Commission and provides funding for students to study or work abroad in Europe. To claim Erasmus+ funding through the University, you must:
- Be currently registered on a degree programme at the University of Edinburgh
- Apply for a study or work placement in an Erasmus+ programme country
- To find out which countries this includes, see the Erasmus+ participating countries list
- Submit your Erasmus+ documents in due time once your application has been approved
Applying for funding
You must secure a suitable work placement before you can apply for Erasmus+ Traineeship funding.
For further details, please visit:
You must also meet the eligibility criteria:
Once you have found a placement, simply send an online application for Erasmus+ funding about four weeks before your start date.
You will receive an email within two weeks to confirm if we are able to allocate Erasmus+ funding to your placement.
Applications for Erasmus+ Traineeship funding are open all year round.
Applicants can be in any level and subject.
Applying for funding more than once
You can apply for Erasmus funding more than once as long as each of your Erasmus placements individually meets the eligibility criteria in terms of minimum duration and activity.
For more information:
If you have already received Erasmus funding before, please remember you can only claim a maximum total of 12 months’ Erasmus funding within the same degree (Bachelor/Master/PhD).
Your Erasmus+ grant is calculated based on the duration and destination of your placement and your activity. The table below shows current Erasmus+ Traineeship grant rates:
Grant rate 2019/20
Semester 1 and full year placements
Grant rate 2019/20
Semester 2 and summer placements
|Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden||€450 / month||€520 / month|
|Austria, Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Greece, Spain, Cyprus, Netherlands, Malta, Portugal Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland, Republic of North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey||€400 / month||€470 / month|
A supplementary grant is available for students from lower-income backgrounds who are undertaking an Erasmus+ traineeship, in addition to the regular Erasmus+ grant.
The amount you will receive if you are eligible for a supplementary grant is an extra €20 per month (€0.66 per day).
Eligibility for the supplementary grant depends primarily on your fees status - read our guidelines below to find out if you are eligible and submit an application form:
Remember to submit your application and supporting evidence for the supplementary grant two weeks before the start of your placement. Applications received after the deadline may incur a delay in paying your supplementary Erasmus+ grant.
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 email@example.com (study placements) or firstname.lastname@example.org (traineeships).
Receiving the grant
Once your application has been approved for funding, we will be asked to save your bank details in our online system. Your grant will be transferred directly into your account once you have submitted the required documents (payments to UK bank accounts only).
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 placement.
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 paid in two instalments:
This will be 70% of your total grant amount. We will pay this at the start of your placement, and upon submission of the following completed documents:
- Risk assessment
- Grant contract
- Learning agreement or training agreement
- Certificate of arrival
- Online Linguistic Test (if applicable)
This will be the remaining amount of your total grant. We will pay this once you have completed your placement, and upon submission of the following:
- European Commission online feedback report
- Certificate of Departure or Traineeship certificate
- 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
Please note that you will only be considered an Erasmus+ trainee once you have applied and been approved for funding.
This is particularly important if you are undertaking a placement as part of your degree, as not having Erasmus status may significantly affect the amount of fees you have to pay. For full details of the fees you should pay whilst studying/working abroad, please visit the Scholarships and Student Funding website.
Interrupting your placement or coming back early
If you change your placement dates, cancel or shorten your Erasmus+ placement, 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 placement duration - so bear this in mind if you change your plans!
If your placement is shorter than the minimum duration (2 months for traineeships, 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.