The Erasmus programme is a European-wide initiative based on subject-specific exchange agreements between schools and departments at Nottingham and academic counterparts at partner universities across Europe.
Under the Erasmus programme, undergraduate and postgraduate students have the opportunity to apply to take a study placement and/or a work placement in another European country, depending on their degree programme. Study placements take place at one of our European partner universities. Work placements include the opportunity to work as a Language Assistant or undertake paid or unpaid work in another European country.
The programme is provided with the support of the European Commission within the framework of Erasmus+. Erasmus+ was formed in 2013 when various European Union education exchange initiatives under the Lifelong Learning Programme (Erasmus, Grundtvig, Comenius) merged with the EU's Youth in Action Programme (a youth employment and volunteering programme).
Where can I study or work abroad?
We have a wide range partner universities across Europe including France, Germany, Spain and Italy. For information on which partner universities and/or work placements are available for your school/department and the name of your academic advisor please see Study Abroad Opportunities by School. Please note that not all schools/departments offer the option to study/work abroad through the Erasmus programme.
A number of academic schools/departments at the University of Nottingham have student exchange agreements within the Erasmus programme. Students from the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies who study or work in Europe during their compulsory third year abroad will find that this is through the Erasmus programme.
Each school/department participating in the Erasmus programme has a member of academic staff who acts as Academic Advisor and is responsible for the Erasmus agreement with the partner university, agreeing your academic study while abroad and for providing advice and support prior to, during and after your study/work abroad experience. You will need to liaise with your Academic Advisor to find suitable modules at your host university before you apply. In some schools, the credits gained while studying abroad will count towards your Nottingham degree. To find out the name of your Academic Advisor please see Study Abroad Opportunities by School.
Work placements are only available for a minority of schools. If you are undertaking a work placement, you will need to arrange this yourself, but it must be approved by your school in advance. You may also need to complete a work-based project. Your Academic Advisor/the Year Abroad Office will be able to confirm the requirements.
The Erasmus programme is not just for language students. Increasingly our partner universities are able to offer courses in English, as well as the host language. For a growing number of countries including the Netherlands, Italy, Finland, Germany and Norway, you won't need to speak another language fluently and you will be able to study in English. Check with your Academic Advisor to find out what level of language you will need to study abroad through the Erasmus programme.
How to apply
The Erasmus programme is run by individual schools/departments. Students are advised to speak to their Academic Advisor for information on the selection process and internal deadlines. If you are selected for an Erasmus placement, your name will be forwarded to your host university by your Academic Advisor. Your allocated host university will then send application information in due course.
Students from the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies will be given information via the Year Abroad Office.
In order to apply for an Erasmus grant you must complete an internal application to the University of Nottingham Office of Global Engagement. Further information will be provided to nominated students.
How much will it cost?
Students who study or work abroad through the Erasmus programme will pay a reduced tuition fee to the University of Nottingham for the academic year in which they are abroad. For further information please visit the Study abroad finance page.
All EU students studying/working abroad through the Erasmus programme on placements from 2-12 months in length are currently eligible for an Erasmus grant, which is paid to the University of Nottingham from the European Commision via the British Council. (Please note that if you are studying, the minimum length of a placement is 3 months).
For Erasmus grant amounts, please visit the Erasmus grant Workspace 2017-18 page. Erasmus grant amounts for 2018-19 will be available in due course.
All students who wish to claim Erasmus funding for a work and/or study placement during 2018/19 must complete an online application and sign a contract with the University of Nottingham Office of Global Engagement prior to the start of their placement(s). Students who have not signed a contract prior to the start of their placement will not be eligible for funding.
If you are working abroad through the Erasmus programme your work placement may be paid.
Information for nominated students
2018/19 academic year
Students who will be studying or working abroad through the Erasmus programme in 2018/19 should contact their Academic Advisor in their home school/department regarding any practical or academic questions.
Detailed information regarding the Erasmus grant can be found on Workspace. Students who have not signed a contract prior to the start of their placement will not be eligible for funding.
Further information on the Erasmus programme can be found at the British Council website. Alternatively, you can download the Erasmus Charter .
If you have any questions about Erasmus, please contact the Erasmus co-ordinator in your school in the first instance. To find out the name of your Academic Advisor, please see Study Abroad Opportunities by School.
If you are an outgoing Eramsus student with a question about your grant, please contact the Erasmus Grant Funding team in the Office of Global Engagement at Erasmus@nottingham.ac.uk.