If you would like to study in the EU then there may be an opportunity for you to take part in a study exchange through the Erasmus study mobility programme.
You may be eligible to study with one of our partner universities in Europe as part of the programme. Erasmus students are eligible for an Erasmus grant to help support the additional costs of living abroad. Providing you fulfil the conditions of the programme this money does not have to be repaid.
What is Erasmus?
Erasmus forms part of the EU’s Lifelong Learning Programme (2007-2013) and is the European Commission’s flagship educational programme for Higher Education students, teachers and institutions. The British Council are the funding agency in the UK and coordinate the funding at a national level.
Who is eligible to apply?
Exchanges are School and course specific and can only take place if there is an existing Erasmus exchange agreement in place with a partner university. Study exchanges generally take place during the second year of an undergraduate degree (although this may differ on some courses). Students from the Business School and School of Tourism may have the opportunity to apply for an Erasmus exchange and will be advised of this during their first year of studies (Level C) if this is an option.
How to apply
Contact the International Mobility Officer to set up a meeting regarding general information. We can then advise you on the process and further terms and conditions.
International Mobility Officer: Moritz Ehlen
Academic Partnerships, T120, Talbot House, Talbot Campus
Tel: 01202 965824
For students in the Business School only the following steps need to be followed:
Step 1 - Email your expression of interest and include the following:
- Your name and course
- Which country you would like to study in (please rank these in order of preference if you are applying for more than one country)
- Deadline: Friday 8 March 2013
Step 2 - Mini essay required
Please email through a mini essay (approximately 500 words) explaining why you would like to be selected and why this exchange would benefit you personally, professionally and for your studies. All aspects of this must be addressed. It is fine to apply for more than one exchange option, but you must write a different essay for each country.
Deadline: Friday 7 June 2013
To express your interest please complete and return
Find out more about studying abroad:
- »Business School's Partner Universities (pdf - 249kb)
- »Erasmus student charter (pdf - 11kb)
- »BU students talk about the benefits of an international experience. Watch the video here
- Academic matters
- Your exchange will only be recognised on a pass/fail basis however you will receive BU credits for the units studied during your exchange
- You will be expected to pass your study exchange in order to progress at BU; however the grades from the study abroad period will not count towards your final degree classification
- Your Erasmus study exchange will form part of your degree and will be recognised on your final degree transcript, as well as your diploma supplement.
As an exchange student it is your responsibility to find your own accommodation which could be on or off campus. The partner university usually have resources to help with this.
An Erasmus study exchange can benefit you personally, professionally and for your studies. Visit The British Council website for details on this.
- Eligible countries & Institutions for an exchange
To be eligible for an Erasmus study exchange you must:
- Be enrolled at BU
- Have successfully completed your first year of studies or be a Postgraduate student
- Be performing well academically.
- Disability or Exceptional Special Needs
To help support students with disabilities or exceptional special needs there is limited additional funding available, but this must be applied for prior to the start of the mobility period. Please read the additional information & application form document for further details.
- Erasmus Exchange Documents 2012-13
In order to participate in the Erasmus programme both you and your host university need to complete the official Erasmus documents before the exchange commences and also at the end of the exchange period. Please read the Erasmus Guidance note carefully before completing the documents. You should save the documents to your own computer before you complete them. The following documents need to be completed / read:
- Erasmus competition
BU Product Design student Martin Constantine won First Prize in the Film Category of the British Council and Ecorys 'Your Story' Competition! 2012 marks the 25th anniversary of the EU funded Erasmus programme and Martin's film wonderfully portrays the positive impact his Erasmus placement with Visteon in France has had on his personal and professional development. Martin will be attending the Prize Awards Event on 15 November 2012 at the British Council London offices. Martin's winning film can be seen here.
Further information about the competition and the other entries can be seen online here.
- Erasmus and graduate employability
A 2010 Europe-wide survey among employers shows that, when it comes to graduate recruitment, 'soft' skills are just as valued as sector-specific and computer skills. Significant numbers of employers questioned said that the ability to work well in a team (98%), to adapt to new situations (97%), communication skills (96%), and knowledge of foreign languages (67%) were important when recruiting for their companies. Almost 50% of companies with considerable international business identified knowledge of foreign languages as the most important skill for the future. This is great news for Erasmus students who acquire these very skills!
- Erasmus success stories
Read some stories about students who have done Erasmus (pdf - 1.22mb)
- Financial information
- The grants can vary depending on the destination country. Generally, you will receive €370 per month for Central Europe, €310 for Eastern Europe. For the following year (13/14) these amount will likely be slightly adjusted
- The grants are paid in one lumps sum prior to you departure. For example 4 months at Germany university will lead to a grant payment of €1480 before you leave (€370 x 4)
- You will continue to pay your tuition fees to BU, but do not need to pay the partner university
- You are responsible for your transport, accommodation and other associated living costs
- National grants and student loans can be maintained during your Erasmus period, but it is your responsibility to advise your Local Authority and Student Finance England of your study abroad period
- If your family's household income is below £25,000 per annum or you are a care leaver please inform us as you will receive an additional grant of currently €500
- For 2013-14 the British Council are offering a one-off supplementary grant of €400 for students undertaking mobility to the following less-visited Erasmus countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Turkey. Please note that this allowance can be paid only once for each student during 2013-14, regardless of the number of mobilities they undertake.
- Length of exchange
In order to qualify for Erasmus funding the minimum length of exchange is 3 months. If you terminate your exchange before the minimum requirement whilst on your placement you will need to refund the entire grant.
If your placement is shorter than 3 months you can apply for the Global Horizon Fund.
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