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 Commission of the European Communities within the framework of the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP).
Where can I study or work abroad?
We have around 150 partner universities in 20 countries across Europe including France, Germany, Spain and Italy. For information on which partner universities and work placements are available for your school/department and the name of your school coordinator please see Study Abroad Opportunities by School.
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A number of academic schools/departments at The University of Nottingham have student exchange agreements within the Erasmus programme. Students from the Faculty of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies who study or work in Europe during their compulsory third year abroad will find that their exchange is organised through the Erasmus programme.
Each school/department participating in the Erasmus programme has a member of academic staff who acts as school coordinator and is responsible for the Erasmus agreement with the partner university, agreeing your academic study while abroad and for providing advice and support. You will need to liaise with your school coordinator 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 school coordinator please see Study Abroad Opportunities by School. For students in the Faculty of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies your main contact is the Year Abroad Office.
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 school coordinator will be able to confirm the requirements.
The Erasmus programme is not just for language students. Increasingly agreements are being signed with institutions which are able to offer courses in English, as well as the host language. For a growing number of countries including the Netherlands, 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 school coordinator 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 school coordinator 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 School. Your allocated host university will then send application information in due course.
Students from the Faculty 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 International Office.
How much will it cost?
All UK students who spend a full academic year abroad on the Erasmus programme are currently exempt from paying any tuition fees to The University of Nottingham for the study abroad period due to Government regulations. This has been confirmed for students studying or working abroad during 2012/13 and 2013/14. A full academic year is currently classed by the British Council as at least 24 weeks.
Students who started their degree course before September 2012 and who are studying or working abroad through the Erasmus programme for one semester during 2013/14 will pay £3465 in tuition fees to The University of Nottingham. No fees are payable to the host university.
Further information is provided in our Financing your study abroad period factsheet 2013/14.
All EU students studying/working abroad for one semester or one year through the Erasmus programme are currently eligible for an Erasmus grant, which is paid to The University of Nottingham from the European Commision via the British Council. For 2012/13 the monthly Erasmus grant is up to €370 depending on where you will be studying/working. The amount of grant received depends on the duration of the study or work period. The grant amount has not yet been confirmed for 2013/14.
All students who wish to claim Erasmus funding for a work and/or study placement during 2013/14 must have completed an online application and signed a contract with the University of Nottingham International Office 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. Further information will be provided to students at the Erasmus grant information presentations in May 2013.
If you are working abroad through the Erasmus programme your work placement may be paid.
Information for nominated students
2012/13 academic year
All students who wish to claim Erasmus funding for a work and/or study placement during the 2012/13 academic year must have completed an application and signed a contract with staff in the UK International Office prior to the start of their Erasmus placement, in accordance with British Council regulations.
Nominated students 2012/13 should log into Workspace for information on how to claim funding, including flowcharts, FAQs, links to documents and contact details.
2013/14 academic year
Students who will be studying or working abroad through the Erasmus programme in 2013/14 must attend a compulsory information presentation regarding the Erasmus grant in May 2013. Nominated students will be given further information regarding the Erasmus grant at these presentations. Further information is available on Workspace.
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 the Erasmus grant, please contact the International Office Study Abroad.
For information on how to apply and academic questions please contact your school coordinator. To find out the name of your school coordinator, please see Study Abroad Opportunities by School. Students from the Faculty of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies should contact the Year Abroad Office.