Erasmus+ for outgoing students

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Studying or working abroad is a life-changing experience that will give you the opportunity to take on new challenges and increase your self-confidence, independence and ambition. You’ll also learn about different cultures and acquire new skills that will enhance your employability once you graduate.

As a student here at Salford, you are entitled to take part in the Erasmus+ scheme for either study or training purposes. You can take part in numerous mobilities, in any combination of study and traineeship, provided they do not exceed a total of 12 months in any one study cycle and also meet the minimum requirements for duration.

We’re a proud member of the Erasmus+ mobility scheme and have taken part in the programme for many years. Please see our Erasmus+ Charter of Higher Education and our Policy Statement for information.

For the most up-to-date information about how Brexit could affect Eramus+, please see our advice for students and travel information.

 

 

Mobility for studies and training

Studying abroad

Depending on the inter-institutional agreement between us and your chosen institution, you may study at one of our partner universities in Europe for either a trimester or a full academic year. You can study abroad as part of a sandwich course, or integrated as part of your degree. You won’t pay any fees to the institution you study with, and, if you meet the requirements, you will be entitled to receive some Erasmus funding aimed at supporting your living costs abroad.

You’ll be eligible to apply for the Erasmus+ scheme for your second year of study if you have successfully completed your first year with us. However, specific requirements may vary across the different schools.

Most of our partner institutions teach in English, which is widely spoken across most developed countries in the EU, so language shouldn’t be a barrier. Living in another country is also a great opportunity to learn a language and gain a new skill for life.

Check our list of partners to find out where you could go.

Please note: the Erasmus+ mobility for study must be between a minimum of three months and a maximum of twelve months. The total duration is based on 30 days per month, so any months where there may be less than 30 days, the additional days will need to be added. A full year is considered as 360 days in total.

Traineeships

The Erasmus+ scheme enables you to undertake a traineeship in an enterprise, organisation or higher education institution in one of the Erasmus+ programme countries. Eligible student traineeship activities include: traineeships embedded in the curriculum (counting towards the degree), voluntary traineeships (not required for the degree) and traineeships for recent graduates.

You will need to source a traineeship yourself, however your exchange coordinator will be able to support you in finding a traineeship opportunity. You won’t need to worry about language barriers as, in most cases, the main language of the institution will be English.

Undergraduate students usually complete the Erasmus+ mobility for training as a sandwich year during second and third year, or as a summer work experience. Eligibility criteria will vary across the different schools.

Please note: the Erasmus+ mobility for study must be between a minimum of two months and a maximum of twelve months. The total duration is based on 30 days per month, so any months where there may be less than 30 days, the additional days will need to be added. A full year is considered as 360 days in total.

Take a look at our Traineeships Toolkit for more recommendations and tips on how to find a work opportunity abroad.

Erasmus+ traineeships are subject to change post-Brexit, as currently, there is no clarity around immigration rules and working regulations for UK students following Brexit. Students should also be aware that there may be additional requirements as part of a traineeship and that individual countries will have their own country rules. For further information, please visit askUS.

Graduate traineeships

Erasmus+ funding for training activities is also available to recent graduates. Graduate traineeships must be sourced and approved before graduation, and completed within one year. The point of graduation is when the student has received notice from the university that they have completed their exams and will be awarded their degree.

Take a look at our Traineeships Toolkit for more recommendations and tips on how to find a work opportunity abroad.

Erasmus+ traineeships are subject to change post-Brexit, as currently, there is no clarity around immigration rules and working regulations for UK students following Brexit. Students should also be aware that there may be additional requirements as part of a traineeship and that individual countries will have their own country rules. For further information, please visit askUS.

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Fees and funding

As a student on the Erasmus+ programme, you will not pay any fees to the institution you choose to study with and will instead continue paying your fees to us as normal. You are exempt from paying fees for tuition, registration, examinations and access to laboratory and library facilities at the receiving institution. However, small fees may be charged for costs such as insurance, student unions and the use of miscellaneous material, such as photocopies or laboratory products, on the same basis as these are charged to local students. Outgoing students shall not be liable to any additional fees or charges in connection with the organisation or administration of their mobility period. 

UK/EU students undertaking a full year study placement are eligible for an 85% reduction of their tuition fees for the year. Non-EU students undertaking a full year study placement are eligible for a 50% reduction of their tuition fees for the year. You will also receive an Erasmus+ grant.

We recommend that you consider the financial side of your trip, such as flights, a visa (where required), accommodation and living costs.

You are still entitled to your regular Student Finance loan if you currently receive it and you may also be able to claim back some of your travel expenses through the Travel Grant. In addition to the Travel Grant, there are various scholarships and funding opportunities you may be eligible for.

Funding and grants

Your entitlements

As an Erasmus+ student, you will also be entitled to a grant, which is made as a contribution to help you with the extra costs of studying and living abroad. The amount of funding you receive will depend on whether you are on a study or work placement, as well as what country you are going to, as some countries have a higher cost of living to others.

The grant is paid in two instalments, worth 80% and 20% respectively, of the total amount. The first one is usually paid within the first four weeks of arrival at your host institution and upon receipt of the required documentation. The second instalment is paid when you return home from your mobility period and have completed all of the required steps.

Please note: the Erasmus+ grant can only be paid into a UK bank account, and is only intended to assist with your living costs. Be aware of how much you are entitled to before you go and budget accordingly.See below for a breakdown of what you're entitled to:

All figures are in Euros and we are pegged to a 1 GBP to 1.134 EUR exchange rate, so market fluctuations should not affect the amount of money you get. You will be given Erasmus+ funding for the actual time spent on your work or study placement, i.e. from your first day to your last day of work or study. If you wish to return home earlier than planned and have been awarded the funds already, you will be required to reimburse the University.

 

Group 1 (high cost of living) Group 2 (medium cost of living) Group 3 (low cost of living)

Study mobility: €350pm

Training mobility: €450pm

Study mobility: €300pm

Training mobility: €400pm

Study mobility: €300pm

Training mobility: €400pm

Iceland

Denmark

Finland

Luxembourg

Ireland

UK

Lichtenstein

Norway

Sweden

Belgium

Austria

Cyprus

France

Germany

Greece

Spain

Italy

Netherlands

Portugal

Malta

Bulgaria

Estonia

Hungary

Latvia

Lithuania

Slovenia

Poland

Romania

Slovakia

Croatia

Czech Republic

Turkey

Macedonia

 

Additional grants

Additional grants are available for students with special needs who wish wish to participate in an Erasmus+ activity and where participation would not be possible without extra financial support. The special needs grant covers approved actual costs.

A supplementary grant is also available for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, who are undertaking a work or study placement. The Disadvantaged Background supplementary grant is an extra €120 per month for study mobilities and €20 per month for training mobilities. Eligible students are defined as disadvantaged by the relevant authorities. In England, these are students from households with annual incomes of £25,000 or less.

How to apply

Throughout the year, we’ll invite you to our events about studying abroad, so it’s important that you attend these to find out more information: look out for emails as well as communications on the student channel. You should also speak to your programme leader and exchange coordinator as your first point of contact, to find out whether you’re eligible to go abroad, where you could study and for how long. Once you’ve done your research, you should think about where you want to go. Remember that there must be an agreement between us and the host institution in order for a study exchange to take place (although this does not apply to traineeships). Other factors to consider include languages, cost of living, culture and lifestyle, campus location, transport and accommodation.

Your application

Erasmus+ for studies process

  1. Ask your exchange coordinator to sign a permission form.

  2. Your exchange coordinator will ask us to nominate you to your chosen university.

  3. We will nominate you to the partner institution: please note, this cannot be done by yourself.

  4. If your nomination is successful, your chosen institution will get in touch to inform you of the next steps. Other universities will have their own application procedures, and you will need to make sure you follow their instructions carefully.

  5. If your application is successful, you will receive an acceptance letter from the university you are going to.

  6. Once you are officially accepted, we will invite you to apply for Erasmus+ funding through our online application form.

  7. You’ll be provided with more information and guidelines including documentation you will need to complete in order to receive your grant.

  8. Once we receive all of the documentation we need, you will be ready to go.

Erasmus+ for training process

  1. Firstly you’ll need to find a traineeship opportunity.

  2. Ensure you have an employment agreement with the receiving organisation or institution.

  3. Ask your exchange coordinator to sign a permission form.

  4. Apply for Erasmus+ funding through the online application form.

  5. Your application is approved or rejected based on whether the minimum requirements are met.

  6. You will be informed of the outcome of your application for Erasmus+ funding. If positive, you will be provided with more information and guidelines including documentation you will need to complete in order to receive your grant.

  7. Once we receive all of the documentation we need, you will be ready to go.

Erasmus+ for graduate traineeship process

  1. You will need to find a placement before you graduate. This can be done by contacting potential employers directly, or by browsing job sites. We also recommend visiting Erasmus Intern, where you’ll find some great opportunities.

  2. Once you have secured your placement, send your employment letter to Salford-IOT@salford.ac.uk. This will need to include your job responsibilities, start and end date of your employment and your employer’s contact details. You will need to send this to us before you graduate.

  3. If the traineeship meets our requirements, you will be asked to apply online for Erasmus+ funding.

  4. You will be informed of the outcome of your application for Erasmus+ funding. If positive, you will be provided with more information and guidelines including documentation you will need to complete in order to receive your grant.

  5. Once we receive all of the documentation we need, you will be ready to go.

Required paperwork

Document Description Mobility for studies Mobility for training Graduate traineeship Deadline
Letter of employment The letter of employment is an official document issued by your employer. It must clearly state your employer’s details, your role and responsibilities, your salary, and the start and end date of your employment.     X As soon as you secure a graduate traineeship (BEFORE GRADUATION).
Permission form This form confirms that you have been given permission by your exchange coordinator to study/work abroad. X X   As soon as you receive permission from your exchange coordinator to go abroad.
Erasmus+ Grant Agreement This is an official contract between the University of Salford and yourself. It details the duration of your mobility abroad and the amount of funding you are allocated. It also contains a section for your bank details. It must be fully completed and signed on pages 4 and 5. X X X Within seven days of receipt.
Learning Agreement for Studies/Training This outlines your provisional study programme at your host institution/organisation, and must be approved by your school Erasmus/International tutor before you leave. For Erasmus students, this must be signed by your host institution before the start of your exchange. This can be time-consuming to complete so please allow time to complete it before you go. For guidance on completing these documents, please read ‘Study Guidelines’ or ‘Traineeship Guidelines’. X X   Before you depart for your exchange (or within 4 weeks of your arrival at the latest).
Certificate of Arrival

This document validates your arrival at your host institution or organisation. If you are studying abroad, this must be completed by either their International Office (or equivalent), or your School Administrator (or equivalent). If you are working abroad, this must be completed by your line manager or the HR department.

Please note: you are required to submit all of these documents in order to receive the first grant payment.

X X X Within 1 week of arriving at your destination/host institution.

 

Need further information?

We’re here to help: email Salford-IOT@salford.ac.uk or call +44 (0) 161 295 4425 for more information and support.