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. Alternative virtual exchanges can be considered upon discussion with the relevant school.

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 trimester September 2021 or January 2022. 

Individual cases can be made for Erasmus+ funded traineeships for commencement from January 2021 with discussions with the relevant school, Health and Safety, QEO and Student Finance.  

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.

 

Brexit: how does this affect Erasmus+?

The UK has agreed a deal and left the EU on 31 January 2020. Under the Withdrawal Agreement negotiated with the EU, the UK will continue to participate fully in the current Erasmus+ programme. Find out more about the transition period.

Please visit the European Commission website for an overview of all projects funded under Erasmus+ and their results. For the most up-to-date information about how Brexit could affect Eramus+, please see our advice for students.

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 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 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 1.132 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: €420pm

Training mobility: €520pm

Study mobility: €370pm

Training mobility: €470pm

Study mobility: €370pm

Training mobility: €470pm

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

Serbia

 

Additional grants

Additional grants are available for students with special needs who 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. Research the institution you wish to study at and discuss your options with your Exchange Coordinator and Programme Leader.

  2. Read, fill in and sign the Student Planning Document.

  3. Ask your Exchange Coordinator to fill in and sign a permission form.

  4. Once you have the Student Planning Document and the Permission form completed, send these, together with your passport, to Salford-IOT@salford.ac.uk.
  5. We will nominate you to the partner institution: please note, this cannot be done by yourself.

  6. 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.

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

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

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

  10. 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 Traineeship 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. Ask your Exchange Coordinator to sign a permission form.
     
  4. Complete the Student Planning Document and send this to Salford-IOT@salford.ac.uk together with your Permission Form.
     
  5. Apply for Erasmus+ funding through the online application form.
     
  6. Your application is approved or rejected based on whether the minimum requirements are met.
     
  7. 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.
     
  8. 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. You can also take advantage of the Traineeship 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. 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

Check the required paperwork and at which stage you must submit each of the documents.

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.