Aston University participates in the European Union’s Erasmus scheme which encourages students to undertake placements in other participating European countries.
Home/EU undergraduates who take part in this scheme are eligible for a mobility grant which can contribute towards the extra costs of living abroad.
The countries which will participate in the Erasmus programme 2014/15 are:
Austria | Belgium | Bulgaria | Cyprus | Czech Republic Denmark | Estonia | Finland | France | Germany | Greece | Iceland | Hungary | Ireland | Italy | Latvia Liechtenstein | Lithuania | Luxembourg | Malta | Netherlands | Norway | Poland | Portugal | Romania | Slovak Republic | Slovenia | Spain | Sweden | Turkey | Croatia
If you are not sure whether or not you qualify to apply for Erasmus funding then contact the Placements Office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
You have to apply to participate in the Erasmus scheme but the funding position is often not certain until just a month or so before you are due to start your placement.
If you are doing a placements through ERASMUS you can still apply to Student Finance England for a Maintenance Loan. The maximum amount for 2013/14 (depending on your family’s income) is £6600
You can also apply for the Maintenance Grant of up to £3387 which is assessed on your family’s income. Don’t forget that any amount of Maintenance Grant you receive will be partly used to subsidise your student loan (it is not a simple as adding the Maintenance Grant and Loan amounts together!
If your course began in 2012/13 and your placement is overseas you will qualify for the placement scholarship which is a £1000 fee remission.
If your course began pre 2012/13 you may be eligible to receive an Aston Placement Bursary of £1000 and an additional £500 Placement Allowance.