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Europe (Erasmus +)

The Erasmus+ programme offers students an opportunity to undertake a period of study and/or work abroad (minimum 2 months’ work, 3 months’ study, maximum 12 months) in another EU, EEA or ‘partner’ state and for that study/work placement to be recognised as an integral part of their programme of study at the home University.

The Erasmus+ programme offers students an opportunity to undertake a period of study and/or work abroad (minimum 2 months’ work, 3 months’ study, maximum 12 months) in another EU, EEA or ‘partner’ state and for that study/work placement to be recognised as an integral part of their programme of study at the home University.Erasmus + Logo (1)

The Erasmus+ programme provides grants to contribute to the extra costs involved.

Language need not be a barrier to studying abroad; many of our partners teach courses and in some cases whole programmes in English. Whilst abroad, there would usually be an opportunity to learn about the culture and get an introduction to the host language as a part of the experience. Please check out our partner university websites for the most up-to-date information.

How to Apply for an EU Study Mobility

In order to apply for an Erasmus study mobility you will first need to register with the University’s online application portal.  You can find the link to the portal here:

Please ensure that you use your Northumbria University e-mail address to register with the application portal rather than external e-mail addresses such as Hotmail and Gmail.  Once you have registered you will be sent an automatic e-mail with a link to validate your registration – follow that link to complete the registration and you will then be able to log into the site using the same portal address as above.

Once logged into the portal you will find instructions on how to complete and submit your application, as well as check to see which study abroad offers have been made to you.  Remember to bookmark the application portal website so that you can easily return in future.  Should you have any questions about the registration or application process please contact the Exchanges & Study Abroad team on

Erasmus+ Grants

Erasmus grants are administered, on behalf of the European Commission, by the British Council (BC) as the National Agency. The grants are intended as a contribution towards the additional costs of mobility and the amounts allocated are specified by the BC in the Mobility Agreement issued to Northumbria.

PLEASE NOTE: The date of payment of the Erasmus+ grants cannot be guaranteed, so students should not rely on Erasmus+ grants for paying for flights and other transport costs, accommodation, utilities, insurance, living expenses or any other related costs, and should ensure that they have sufficient personal funds to last the full duration of the stay.

For Northumbria students going abroad to study or work during 2016/17 there are 2 bands of grant funding, based on cost of living in each country band. There are also different rates for work and study.


Monthly rate (study)

Monthly rate (work)

Group 1
Austria, Denmark, Finland, France , Ireland, Italy, Lichtenstein, Norway, Sweden





Group 2

Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia










For 2016/17, only for students undertaking EU study mobility, a supplementary grant for disadvantage is paid to undergraduate and postgraduate students defined as disadvantaged by the relevant authorities and who are eligible for full grants and loans. For example, in England, this includes students from households with annual incomes of £25,000 or less.  You can apply for the extra funding by indicating on the Erasmus+ application form that you believe you are eligible - your eligibility will be checked with Student Finance so please ensure your details are up to date with them.

Erasmus Rules

To be eligible, students must be

  • formally registered at a HEI which holds an Erasmus University Charter, whatever the field of study, in order to follow higher education studies leading to a recognised degree or other recognised tertiary level qualification, up to and including the level of doctorate, or
  • enrolled in short term higher vocational education which, in the UK, includes Foundation Degree courses, and HND courses.
  • For study abroad, students must be in at least second year of HE studies. For work placement, students can be in their first year. Part-time students are eligible to participate, provided they study/work full-time while abroad. In all cases, the period abroad must be a recognised part of the degree programme.

The Erasmus period abroad shall be for a minimum of 3 months (study) or 2 months (work) and a maximum of 12 months. If you return in less than the required minimum duration, in most circumstances you will have to repay the full Erasmus+ grant.

Students undertaking a full sandwich year’s study and/or work in the EU will usually pay a reduced tuition fee to Northumbria University (currently £1,000).

Erasmus Student Charter

The status of Erasmus student applies to students who satisfy the Erasmus eligibility criteria and who have been selected by their university to spend an Erasmus study period abroad at a partner university in Europe. The Erasmus Student Charter outlines what you are entitled to expect, and what is expected of you, as an Erasmus student.

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