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 350 students decide to study and work abroad each year and we also welcome incoming students from partner institutions.

If you undertake a study/work placement in Europe during the academic year 2019/20 , you are also eligible for the Erasmus grant.

Key Action 103 (Mobility of Individuals Programme Countries)

Who can participate?

All outgoing students (Home, EU and International) are eligible to apply for an Erasmus grant if their study or work placement is taking place in an EU or EEA country (including Turkey, Norway, Liechtenstein, Macedonia and Iceland) and is a minimum of 2 months in duration for a work placement and 3 months minimum for a study placement.

Students can be funded for a maximum of 12 months in one cycle (i.e. Undergrad, Postgrad, PhD. Applying is simple; you need to submit an Expression of Interest for ERASMUS Grant Form to the Erasmus Team. We will then send you a set of ERASMUS paperwork that you and your manager/exchange university contact will need to sign and return to us before placement begins. Eligibility requirements:

  1. It must be in an eligible country (and at an Erasmus+ partner institution for study abroad)
  2. It must be for a minimum of 2 (work) or 3 (study) months long and a maximum of 12 months
  3. You must receive recognition for the mobility (i.e. credit exchange)

To find out more about the scheme, check your eligibility or apply, please contact the Erasmus+ Team on erasmus@aston.ac.uk. Please note all applicants must have a mobility approved before applying.

How much will I receive?

For 2019/20 grant allocation per month.

Programme Countries are divided into the three following groups:

Group 1  Programme  Countries with higher living costs 

Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Sweden, United Kingdom, Liechtenstein, Norway
Study: €420, Work: €520

Group 2 Programme Countries with medium living costs

Austria, Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Greece, Spain, Cyprus, Netherlands, Malta, Portugal
Study: €370, Work: €470

Group 3 Programme Countries with lower living costs

Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey
Study: €370, Work: €470

*Grant rates vary depending on individual student circumstances*

Study Placements - Plus additional €120 per month for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Traineeships - Plus additional €20 per month for students from disadvantaged backgrounds on top of this higher grant amount.

Additional Support (Disability and Special Needs)

The special needs grant is an additional support fund, supporting special need/disability students who are on the Erasmus+ programme at Aston. Each application is assessed based on the student’s requirements and certain other criteria; funding cannot be guaranteed.

Students who would like to make a Special Needs Support Application should read the guidelines in the application form to check if they meet all the requirements before contacting us and requesting to apply on their behalf (all application must be submitted by HE institution not students directly).

This information below is set out in the special needs application form but ensure you have:

  • the application completed in full and signed by both the student and staff lead;
  • a letter from the student doctor /hospital;
  • a letter from the host institution, confirming they are able to support and accommodate the student;
  • a letter from your institution, informing us of your student’s level of disability and additional requirements.

Please, bear in mind that all special needs support applications should be submitted a few months before you are going away on your placement. Contact erasmus@aston.ac.uk to apply.

Where can I find an Erasmus+ Placement?

Erasmus+ opportunities are advertised on Aston Futures. Once logged into your account, search Aston Futures for ‘fixed term’ positions in Europe, or your country of choice.

Key Action 107 (Mobility of Individuals Partner Countries)

This key action is referred to as ‘International Credit Mobility’, which enables mobility to and from partner countries (outside of the EU). A list of which can be found here. To date, successful student exchange projects have included activity in Brazil, Russia, Taiwan, Thailand, Ukraine and Uzbekistan amongst others. Students cannot apply for this funding and instead will be contacted if eligible (applications are made by the University for Specific Areas each year and is highly competitive).

Find out more

Hear from some of our Erasmus+ students about the benefits of working and studying abroad:

Placement year presents a huge opportunity to learn in a completely new environment. I have been lucky enough to travel to new continents, meet many new people from around the world and immerse myself in a new culture. For anyone thinking about going abroad to either work or study, I say just go for it! As it is an experience you will never forget!

Xavier Vale-Buisson, BSc International Business and Management
Erasmus placement at Glamping Hub, Spain as part of the Undergraduate Placement Year

I study at EDHEC Business School, doing a master programme in marketing management, which fits perfectly to my degree from Aston in Strategy and International Business. So far, my experience is great; I met a lot of amazing people and the teaching methods at EDHEC are good. We benefit from a large network of companies EDHEC collaborates with, such as LVMH, L'Oréal, Monitor Deloitte, and Oliver Wyman. To give you an example; my team was one of three teams at EDHEC which won the challenge of developing a new corporate strategy for Celio, a world-leading men apparel brand. Afterwards, we had the opportunity to visit the Celio HQ in Brussels in order to present our strategy and ideas in front of the CEOs and the management steering committee.

Mert Hakalmaz, MSc Strategy & International Business
Erasmus placement at EDHEC University, France as part of Aston’s Professional Development Programme (PDP)

The whole process of applying for a placement abroad up to the point of leaving the UK was a complete emotional rollercoaster of excitement, nerves and dread! But after arriving in Paris and starting work, I knew I’d made the right choice. I did things on my placement year that I never thought I’d get the opportunity to do: have dinner up the Eiffel Tower, have a tour of Charles de Gaulle Airport including sitting in the cockpit of Air France’s biggest plane and being able to “nip out” to shop on the Champs Elysees. I was lucky enough to make really good friends with the people I worked with and have already arranged a meet up when we’re both back in the UK.

Emily Hutchinson, BSc International Business and Management
Erasmus+ Placement at Air France (Communications Assistant) and La Giraudière (Digital Marketer)

If you have any questions about the Erasmus+ programme, please feel free to contact the team on erasmus@aston.ac.uk.

Funded by the European Commission and jointly delivered by Ecorys UK and the British Council