Erasmus+ for outgoing students

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Given the current COVID-19 pandemic and global health crisis, all Erasmus+ study placements due to start throughout the 2020/21 academic year are cancelled. We strongly recognise how important it is that all students benefit from an international experience, however our priority will always be the safety and security of the community. 

Nominations for the 2021/22 academic year are subject to COVID-19 developments. Nominations and applications are expected by 5 March 2021 for all students wishing to go out in either September 2021 or January 2022. 

The International Opportunities Team is unable to approve or manage any overseas mobilities if the UK government has not lifted travel restrictions. Your health and safety is our top priority. In addition to the Student Planning Document, all students must attend a pre-departure session with the International Opportunities Team.

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 duration requirements.

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.

 

Brexit: how does this affect Erasmus+?

The UK has agreed a deal and left the EU on 31 January 2020. We will continue to participate in the Erasmus+ programme until May 2023.

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 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, e.g. a voluntary summer work placement) 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.

Please note: the Erasmus+ mobility for training 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 International Work Experience Toolkit for more recommendations and tips on how to find a work opportunity abroad.

Please note that immigration regulations and working regulations for UK students working in the EU have changed as the UK is no longer in the EU. 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 the Government website.

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 International Work Experience Toolkit for more recommendations and tips on how to find a work opportunity abroad.

Please note that immigration regulations and working regulations for UK students working in the EU have changed as the UK is no longer in the EU. 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 the Government website.

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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 for 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 may be eligible for an 85% reduction of their tuition fees for the year.

Students undertaking a full-year work placement (sandwich year) are not required to pay any extra tuition fees to the University of Salford. 

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.

Various scholarships may also be available.

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 1.124 EUR exchange rate (2020 project), 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: €420pm

Training mobility: €520pm

Study mobility: €370pm

Training mobility: €470pm

Study mobility: €370pm

Training mobility: €470pm

Iceland

Denmark

Finland

Luxembourg

Ireland

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

Serbia

 

Additional grants

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

A supplementary grant is also available for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The Disadvantaged Background supplementary grant is an extra €120 per month for study placements and €20 per month for work placements. 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.

Further scholarships may also be available.

How do I apply?

Attend our events and keep an eye on our website, social media and student communication channels. You can also raise your interest by submitting an enquiry form.  

You should speak to your Programme Leader and Exchange Coordinator to find out whether you’re eligible to go abroad. You should do your research and think about where you want to go. Remember you can only undertake a study placement at one of our partner institutions (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

You can raise your interest by submitting an enquiry form. We will follow up within 5 working days.

In the meantime, do your research and decide, together with your Exchange Coordinator, on a country and a partner institution where you'd like to study.

  1. Ensure you complete your Student Planning Document and this is signed by yourself and your Exchange Coordinator

  2. Send your Student Planning Document and passport to Salford-IOT@salford.ac.uk by 5 March 2021

  3. We will nominate you to your chosen institution. This cannot be done by you. The deadlines for this are set by our partner universities: usually, students due to go abroad in September are nominated around April, and those going abroad in the second trimester of their second year are nominated around October

  4. If you are accepted by your chosen institution, we will ask you to fill in an online application form with all of the required information. 

  5. You’ll be provided with more information and guidelines, including a Pre-Departure Booklet that you will need to complete before leaving

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

Erasmus+ for training process

  1. Firstly, you will need to find a traineeship opportunity. You can use the International Work Opportunity Toolkit as a starting point
     
  2. Ensure you have a signed employment agreement with the receiving organisation or institution, clearly stating the following:

    Details of your role

    Dates of employment

    If the traineeship is paid/unpaid

    Contact details of the employer (full name, address, relevant website)

    Contact details of the person responsible/ your line manager from the receiving organisation (full name, email address, contact phone number)

  3. Complete the Student Planning Document, get it signed by your Exchange Coordinator and send it to Salford-IOT@salford.ac.uk together with your passport
     
  4. Apply for Erasmus+ funding through the online application form - this must be done at least two months before your placement is due to start
     
  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 a Pre-Departure Booklet 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 traineeships process

  1. You will need to find a placement before you graduate. See how on our International Work Experience Toolkit

  2. Once you have secured your placement, send your employment letter to Salford-IOT@salford.ac.uk. This will need to include:

    Details of your role

    Dates of employment

    If the traineeship is paid or unpaid

    Contact details of the employer (full name, address, relevant website)

    Contact details of the person responsible/ your line manager from the receiving organisation (full name, email address, contact phone number)

  3. Complete the Student Planning Document, get it signed by your Exchange Coordinator and send it to Salford-IOT@salford.ac.uk together with your passport

  4. Apply for Erasmus+ funding through the online application form - this must be done at least two months before you complete your course

  5. 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 a Pre-Departure Booklet that you will need to complete in order to receive your grant

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

Required paperwork

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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.