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Erasmus 

Aston is a recognised participant in the Erasmus+ programme, which is funded by the European Commission. This educational exchange programme offers both students and staff the opportunity to study or work in another country. Aston holds an Extended Erasmus University Charter awarded by the European Commission, and has a related Erasmus Policy Statement.

Under the Erasmus+ programme, students can apply to spend 2-12 months of their course as an exchange student at a partner university in Europe or on a work placement in Europe. Aston is proud that around 350 students are deciding to study and work abroad each year and we also welcome incoming students from partner institutions.

All outgoing placement students (Home, EU and International) can apply for an Erasmus grant if their study or work placement is taking place in an EU or EEA country (including Turkey and Croatia) and is a minimum of 2 months in duration for a work placement and 3 months minimum for a study placement.

Students can be funded for a maximum of 12 months. Applying is simple; you need to submit an Expression of Interest for ERASMUS Grant Form to the International Placements team. We will then send you a set of ERASMUS paperwork that you and your manager/exchange university contact will need to sign and return to us before placement begins.

Information regarding the EU referendum: 

Information regarding the EU referendum: Following the decision of the UK to leave the EU, we want to reassure all of our students that the EU exit process will be gradual and managed – there will not be overnight changes. 

The British Council have confirmed that Erasmus placement grants will not be affected and Immigration and Visa status remains the same until at least as long as we remain a member of the EU

The grant amount that Erasmus+ students receive each month depends on the country and type of placement.

For 2017/18 the grant varies from €280 to €430 per month. 

Programme Countries are divided into the three following groups:
   
Group 1 ProgrammeCountries with higher living costs 

Denmark, Ireland, France, Italy, Austria, Finland, Sweden, United Kingdom, Liechtenstein, Norway
Group 2 Programme Countries with medium living costs

Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Spain, Croatia, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Iceland , Turkey
Group 3 Programme Countries with lower living costs

Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia


The grant rates, which are based on mobility to high cost of living countries (group 1) or lower cost of living countries (groups 2 and 3 for students and groups) are as follows:

Study abroad

  • Up to €330 per month for high cost of living countries or
  • Up to €280 per month for medium and lower cost of living countries
  • Plus additional €120 per month for disadvantaged students.

Work abroad

  • Up to €430 per month for high cost of living countries or
  • Up to €380 per month for medium and lower cost of living countries
  • Plus additional €20 per month for disadvantaged students on top of this higher grant amount. 

If you intend to apply, please email internationalplacements@aston.ac.uk for further information.

Once logged into your account, search Aston Futures for 'Fixed Term' positions in Europe, or your country of choice.

The special needs grant is an additional support fund, supporting special need/disability students who are on the Erasmus+ programme at Aston. Each application is assessed based on the student’s requirements and certain other criteria; funding cannot be guaranteed.

Students who would like to make a Special Needs Support Application should read the guidelines in the application form to check if they meet all the requirements before contacting us and requesting to apply on their behalf (all application must be submitted by HE institution not students directly).

This information below is set out in the special needs application form but ensure you have:

  • the application completed in full and signed by both the student and staff lead;
  • a letter from the student doctor /hospital;
  • a letter from the host institution, confirming they are able to support and accommodate the student;
  • a letter from your institution, informing us of your student’s level of disability and additional requirements.

Please, bear in mind that all special needs support applications should be submitted a few months before you are going away on your placement.

Special needs support application

At the end of your ERASMUS placement you need to complete a certificate of attendance. Download the right certificate here:

Send the completed document to internationalplacements@aston.ac.uk

Your start and end date should reflect your actual contract dates; if your end date is earlier on this certificate, then you will be invoiced for any funds that have been overpaid. Don’t forget to tell your employer to sign and stamp this! If they do not have a stamp, you should print it out on company-headed paper before giving it to them to sign.

An automated online report will be sent to your Aston email address at the end of your work placement. Please follow the instructions provided and complete this within 7 days of receiving it.