ERASMUS+ at Aston
Aston is a recognised participant in the Erasmus+ programme, which is funded by the European Commission. This educational exchange programme offers both students and staff the opportunity to study, work, teach or train in another country. Aston participates in both Key Action 103 (staff and student mobility in Europe) and Key Action 107 (staff and student mobility outside of Europe).
Under the Erasmus+ Programme, students can apply to spend 2-12 months of their course as an exchange student at a partner university in Europe or on a work placement in Europe. Aston is proud that around 250 of its own Undergraduate and Postgraduate students are able to participate each year and we also welcome incoming students from partner institutions. Aston has pledged to double the percentage of UK undergraduate students who go abroad as part of their studies by 2020.
Aston also encourages staff to participate in the scheme and has funding for teaching or training activities in Europe. Teaching must take place at an Erasmus+ partner institution with a minimum of 8 hours teaching per week. Training can take place at any HEI or organisation within the EU however all mobility must be approved by the participant's Line Manager and the International Office.
Recently, Aston has been able to offer funded mobilities to and from non-European countries for staff and students. Aston's partner countries include India, Taiwan, Thailand, Brazil, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Russia, Palestine and Israel. Aston will shortly be publishing case studies from each project on the website.
The selection criteria for Erasmus+ mobility is based on motivation and awareness of the benefits of such mobility, relevance to current role or subject, previous participation in the programme and the nature of mobility. In cases of equivalence, priority will be given to participants from disadvantaged background, in line with equal opportunities policies.
If you are coming to Aston under the Erasmus+ programme, please download our guide for information on visas, accommodation and general life in Birmingham here
To find out more about the opportunities provided under Erasmus+, please click here.
Update on the UK's departure from the European Union:
In Updates on Brexit: We would like to reassure our students, staff and our partners that Aston University is firmly committed to our relationships within the European Union. For further information on the UK's decision to leave the European Union, and how this may impact Erasmus+, please visit our webpage.
For more information regarding Erasmus+ exchanges at Aston, please click on one of the following: