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 decide to study and work abroad each year and we also welcome incoming students from partner institutions.

If you undertake a study/work placement in Europe during the academic year 2021/22 and 2022/23, you are also eligible for the Erasmus grant.

Key Action 103 (Mobility of Individuals Programme Countries)

Who can participate?

All outgoing students (Home, EU and International) are eligible to apply for an Erasmus grant if their study or work placement is taking place in an EU or EEA country (including Turkey, Norway, Liechtenstein, Macedonia and Iceland) 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 in one cycle (i.e. Undergrad, Postgrad, PhD. Applying is simple; you need to submit an Expression of Interest for ERASMUS Grant Form to the Erasmus 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 the placement begins. Eligibility requirements:

  1. It must be in an eligible country (and at an Erasmus+ partner institution for study abroad)
  2. It must be for a minimum of 2 (work) or 3 (study) months long and a maximum of 12 months
  3. You must receive recognition for the mobility (i.e. credit exchange)

To find out more about the scheme, check your eligibility or apply, please contact the Erasmus+ Team on erasmus@aston.ac.uk. Please note all applicants must have mobility approved before applying.

How much will I receive?

Programme Countries are divided into the three following groups:

Group 1  Programme  Countries with higher living costs 

Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Sweden, United Kingdom, Liechtenstein, Norway
Study: €420, Work: €520

Group 2 Programme Countries with medium living costs

Austria, Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Greece, Spain, Cyprus, Netherlands, Malta, Portugal
Study: €370, Work: €470

Group 3 Programme Countries with lower living costs

Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey
Study: €370, Work: €470

*Grant rates vary depending on individual student circumstances*

Study Placements - Plus an additional €120 per month for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Traineeships - Plus an additional €20 per month for students from disadvantaged backgrounds on top of this higher grant amount.

Additional Support (Disability and Special Needs)

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. Contact erasmus@aston.ac.uk to apply.

Where can I find an Erasmus+ Placement?

Erasmus+ opportunities are advertised on Aston Futures. Once logged into your account, search Aston Futures for ‘fixed term’ positions in Europe, or your country of choice.

Key Action 107 (Mobility of Individuals Partner Countries)

This key action is referred to as ‘International Credit Mobility’, which enables mobility to and from partner countries (outside of the EU). A list of which can be found here. To date, successful student exchange projects have included activity in Brazil, Russia, Taiwan, Thailand, Ukraine and Uzbekistan amongst others. Students cannot apply for this funding and instead will be contacted if eligible (applications are made by the University for Specific Areas each year and is highly competitive).

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