Information for Aston students about the Erasmus programme

Aston is a participant in the European Union's Erasmus programme, which is an educational exchange programme offered with the support of the Commission of the European Communities within the framework of its Lifelong Learning Programme.  Aston holds an Extended Erasmus University Charter awarded by the European Commission and has a related Erasmus Policy Statement

Under the Erasmus programme, many of Aston's students can apply to spend 3-12 months of their course as an exchange student at a partner university in Europe or on a work placement in Europe.  An Erasmus study or work placement must be a recognised part of your Aston degree programme.  Approximately 150 Aston students participate in the Erasmus programme each year, mostly during their third year.  Participating students are issued with an Erasmus Student Charter

Visit the following website for more detailed information about the Erasmus programme and the opportunities it offers:


Current Aston students can also find information about Erasmus work and study placements on the 'What is Erasmus?' Blackboard module.  If your query is not answered there, or if you are a prospective student wishing to find out more, please contact the Placement Office at internationalplacements@aston.ac.uk.    

If you are a European student interested in attending Aston University as part of the Lifelong Learning Programme, you should contact the Erasmus office in your home institution. 

Erasmus Student Mobility Grants

If you are eligible to participate in the Erasmus programme, you will receive a student mobility grant of 225 euros per month (2011/12 grant rate) to contribute to the travel and other costs of participating.


Here are just a few of the benefits of participating in an exchange programme:

  • the chance of a lifetime to study abroad
  • experience life in a new culture and society
  • improve your language skills
  • increase your confidence and broaden your outlook
  • meet lots of new people
  • enhance your employability
  • get prepared for work in the Global Economy
  • experience the differences of studying your chosen specialisation in a different context  

Where can you study abroad?

The following Schools have a number of agreements with overseas universities for the exchange of students for Erasmus study placements. Please click on the School concerned to find out more. 

Aston Business School

Languages and Social Sciences

The Schools of Engineering and Applied Science and Life and Health Sciences also have agreements: please contact the Placement Office at internationalplacement@aston.ac.uk for further infromation.

Length of time spent abroad

Under Erasmus, students can spend from 3 months up to a full academic year at another European institution which has an Erasmus University Charter and an established link with Aston University. Students can also spend from 3 to 12 months in a European organisation on a work placement. In both cases, the Erasmus placement must be a recognised part of your degree programme.  The duration of your study will depend on a number of factors and you should ask the Placement Office for advice.

How to apply for Erasmus

Students applying to spend a period of time abroad usually do so in their second year of undergraduate study at Aston.  Postgraduate students interested in an Erasmus study placement should discuss the possibilities with their Programme Director.   

Erasmus Programme - Tuition Fees for Aston students

If you undertake an Erasmus study placement, you are not required to contribute to the tuition fees at the host institution in Europe. These are covered by a reciprocal arrangement between the two institutions.

If you are an undergraduate who is subject to UK student support arrangements (ie you are eligible to apply for a loan for your tuition fees from the Student Loans Company/Student Finance England) and you spend the full academic year 2011/12 on an Erasmus placement, you will not be required to contribute to tuition fees at Aston University for that academic year, 2011/12.  The fee waiver position has not been confirmed for the academic year 2012/13. If you participate in an Erasmus placement for less than a full academic year, or if you are a postgraduate or international student, you will be required to contribute up to the full tuition fees for that year as though you were spending the full year at Aston.  However, if you are an undergraduate who is eligible for UK student support and you are required to pay tuition fees in 2011/12 whilst doing an Erasmus placement, you will probably be eligible for the Aston placement allowance and placement bursary.  

If you are entitled to student support (eg a student maintenance loan from Student Finance England), this should not be adversely affected by your decision to participate in the Erasmus programme.  

For more detailed information about Tuition Fee Loan Applications see The Hub.

University Erasmus Contacts

Incoming Students  

For more information, please contact the relevant School:  

Languages and Social Sciences: LSS_erasmus@aston.ac.uk

Engineering and Applied Science: a.w.k.yong@aston.ac.uk

Aston Business School: h.awty@aston.ac.uk

Life and Health Sciences: l.harrison@aston.ac.uk

Outgoing Students  

For more information, please contact the Placement Office: internationalplacement@aston.ac.uk

Note: the content of this page is the sole responsibility of Aston University; the European Union is not liable for any use that may be made of the information.

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