Erasmus is the most famous and most successful EU exchange programme. From 2014 onwards, several programmes are merged under Erasmus+, including the former Erasmus porgramme to study abroad at a host institution. It allows higher education students to study abroad for a period from 3 to 12 months per study cycle. More than 3 million European students went on an Erasmus since 1987.

Ideal for

Academic skills, language learning, long-term mobility, strong support, formal recognition.

The one to know

http://ec.europa.eu/education/opportunities/higher-education/study-mobility_en.htm

I can benefit of it if

I am a higher education student at least in my second year of studies.

I can leave for

From 3 to 12 months. Once per cycle of my studies (Bachelor, Master and Doctorate).

I can go

To all 28 EU member states as well as Macedonia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey depending on the agreements of my Higher Education Institution.

I will receive

Financial support between 150€ and 500€ depending on my home and host countries and the rules in my country. Full recognition of the ECTS (credits points) I successfully gained during my stay, in accordance with my learning agreement. Linguistic preparation at my home or at the host institutions.

When I come back, I’ll have gained

  • Confidence and independence after living in a foreign country
  • Long-lasting friends all over Europe and beyond
  • Strong language skills
  • A new perspective on education

I need to prepare

A year in advance to be sure not to miss any deadlines as the administrative processes can be quite long. I must be aware that deadlines may differ according to Higher Education Institutions.

For help I should contact

The Erasmus Coordinator of my faculty, the International Relations Office of my Higher Education Institution or my local ESN section.

Good tips

Some additional funding (regional, local, institutional) is often available.

I may encounter problems in the recognition with my gained credits. ESN has published a guidebook to avoid this situation.