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ERASMUS+ at Aston

Aston has pledged to double the percentage of UK undergraduate students who go abroad as part of their studies by 2020. 

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 participates in both Key Action 103 (staff and student mobility in Europe) and Key Action 107 (staff and student mobility outside of Europe).

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 250 of its own students are able to participate each year and we also welcome incoming students from partner institutions.

Aston also encourages staff to participate in the scheme and has funding for teaching or training activities in Europe. Teaching must take place at an Erasmus+ partner institution with a minimum of 8 hours teaching per week. Training can take place at any HEI or organisation within the EU however all mobility must be approved by the participant's Line Manager and the International Office.

Recently, Aston has been able to offer funded mobilities to and from non-European countries for staff and students. These include India, Taiwan, Thailand, Brazil, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Russia, Palestine and Israel. Aston will shortly be publishing case studies from each project on the website.

The selection criteria for Erasmus+ mobility is based on motivation and awareness of the benefits of such mobility, relevance to current role or subject, previous participation in the programme and the nature of mobility. In cases of equivalence, priority will be given to participants from disadvantaged background, in line with equal opportunities policies.

EU Referendum update:

In light of the referendum, the National Agency for Erasmus+ in the UK, a partnership between the British Council and Ecorys UK, remains wholly committed to the programme and its benefits. The National Agency strongly supports continued full membership of the programme for the UK through to 2020, so that at least 250,000 people across the UK have the chance to study, train or volunteer abroad, and that UK organisations can continue to collaborate on international projects.Further information can be found here. Please click here for the British Council's latest Brexit update.

Following the end of phase one of the negotiations, the UK and EU have agreed the UK's continued participation in the Erasmus+ Programme until the end of the project. This is outlined in the Universities UK article which can be found here.

For more information regarding Erasmus+ exchanges at Aston, please click on one of the following:


For further information, please see FAQs  or visit the Erasmus+ web page or the European Commission web page.

To discuss how you can get involved in Erasmus+, please contact international@aston.ac.uk