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Student sightseeing

Erasmus+ is the new EU programme for education, training, youth and sport. Erasmus+ (Key Action 1) started on 1 January 2014 and replaces current funding programmes run by the European Commission in the area of the Lifelong Learning Programme. This programme will run from 2014-2020.

Key Action 1: Learning Mobility of Individuals is all about providing opportunities for individuals to improve their skills, enhance their employability and gain cultural awareness. As a student of Leeds Beckett University, you are able to spend a period of time in another participating country gaining valuable experience of life, study and work with the aim of increasing the opportunities available to them in the future.


General Information


What are my options?

  • A study period abroad at a partner higher education institution (this is Faculty and School specific exchange programme. This means exchange is restricted to specific destinations based on the agreements that the School has set up)
  • A traineeship (work placement, including language assistantships) abroad in an enterprise

A study period abroad may include a traineeship period as well. The mobility activity should be an integrated part of the student's degree programme.


I can honestly say that this was the best experience of my life and I would not change a thing about it.

Charlotte Brown, BA (Hons) Spanish & Tourism Management, Lanzarote, Spain

Where can I go?

Erasmus+ study placement is only possible to partner universities where an exchange agreement has been approved. Review the list of partner universities that is relevant to your subject areas. For more practical advice on doing a study placement, take a look at the guide.

Doing a work placement is a huge boost to your self-confidence and your CV. Erasmus+ traineeship is possible to any EU, EEA, or programme country. The placement will need to be approved by your Course Leader and an agreement made between you, Leeds Beckett and your employer.

Language assistantships in other EU, EEA member states or programme country are now considered as traineeship under Erasmus+. Undergraduates participating in the official Language Assistants programme, administered by the British Council, are eligible for Erasmus+ status. You can find out more about the Language Assistants programme, or contact your Erasmus coordinator or Year Abroad tutor.

EU/International students are eligible for exchange but not to their home country. International students must ensure they comply with the UKVI obligations whilst on exchange including the compliance requirements of their UK student visa.


When can I go?

Exchanges are open to full time undergraduate students during the second year of a 3 year course. You have the option to go for one semester or for a full year. You must seek approval from your Course Leader before submitting your application. Your application cannot be considered unless you have the support of your parent school.

It is not possible for you to go on exchange in your final year, as your studies would become increasingly specific and appropriate equivalents are not always available at our partner universities.

If you are interested in the programme you will need to begin the application programme in your first year so remember to give yourself plenty of time if you are looking to apply.


Am I eligible?

You need to meet the following requirements by the end of the semester in which you apply:

  • Be enrolled and taking classes in a degree course at Leeds Beckett University in the semester of application
  • Have successfully passed your 1st year of full-time study (120 credit points), and do not carry any failed modules
  • Have achieved at least an average grade of 50% or higher in your 1st year of full-time study
  • Have passed all modules in the semester in which you are applying
  • Met the specific course requirements set by your School and/or Faculty (check with Course Leader and/or Erasmus Coordinator)
  • Have your exchange application endorsed by your Faculty

The Exchanges, Study Abroad and Volunteering Office reserves the right at any stage to reverse any decision regarding nomination and/or acceptance made if you fail to meet any of the above requirements.


How do I apply?

The application process is available to download and you can find all the relevant applications forms in the How to Apply section.

I feel very lucky to have spent nine months there (in Germany) and it is an experience I will remember for the rest of my life!

Grace Lawrenson, BA (Hons) Language Studies, Nordenham, Germany

Erasmus+ Funding 2016/17

UK Erasmus+ students normally receive an Erasmus+ grant provided by the European Commission which contributes towards the extra costs arising from studying abroad. Please remember that this is a supplementary, non-repayable grant intended to offset any additional expenses you may incur while you are abroad. During your Erasmus+ period, you continue to receive any student grant or loan to which you are entitled.

Once you are nominated by your Erasmus Coordinator you can then apply for Erasmus+ Funding. To do this please complete the Erasmus+ Grant Application Forms and submit to studyabroad@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.

The majority of students going on placement abroad under the Erasmus+ programme between 3 and 12 months for study periods, or between 2 and 12 months for traineeships are eligible to receive an Erasmus+ grant support to assist with the additional expenditure incurred through living abroad.

The Erasmus+ Grant is intended to be a contribution to the additional costs of your mobility, and is not a full maintenance grant. The size of the grant varies from year to year. The Erasmus+ Grant provided will depend on the country you are going to.

Country

Traineeship Placement Monthly grant

Study Placement Monthly grant

Monthly Supplementary Allowance

(Widening Participation) for Study Placement ONLY

Group 1: Denmark, Ireland, France, Italy, Austria, Finland, Sweden, Liechtenstein, Norway

€430

€330

€100

Group 2: Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Spain, Croatia, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Iceland, Turkey

€380

€280

Group 3: Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Students undertaking study placement are eligible to receive a supplementary grant for students from households with annual incomes of £25,000 or less. You do not need to apply for this as the University will obtain this information directly from Student Finance England. However, you need to ensure that you have given consent to Student Finance England to share this information with Leeds Beckett University. Students undertaking traineeships are NOT entitled to the supplementary allowance as they already receive a higher monthly grant.

A person with special needs is a potential participant whose individual physical, mental or health-related situation is such that his/her participation in the mobility would not be possible without extra financial support. The grant support may therefore be different as set out above. Please contact the Study Abroad Team as soon as possible to discuss this further if you think you qualify for this additional support. Students should apply for the allowance before the start of the mobility.

The total Erasmus grant is paid in two instalments:

Full year placement

November – 80%* of total grant

End of placement – 20%* of total grant

Semester 1 Placement

November – 80%* of total grant

End of placement – 20%* of total grant

Semester 2 Placement

Feb/Mar – 80%* of total grant

End of placement – 20%* of total grant

* Provided that initial funding has been received from the National Agency, the required forms have been completed and returned, and you have enrolled on the Leeds Beckett student system. The grant will take around two weeks to be paid into your bank account from the date all required documents are received AND approved.

Remember the grant will not cover the full costs of your exchange and it can take some time to arrive into your bank account. You should always make sure you have funds available to cover any bills such as accommodation, to ensure you don’t incur any fines.

Please note that we are monitored by the British Council and because of this require specific paper work before any grant payments can be made. Under no circumstances will we issue funding without fully completed paper work. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure the paper work is correct and handed in on time.

Should you have any questions, please email studyabroad@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.


How much does it cost?

There are no additional fees to take part on Erasmus+ exchange and you will continue to receive student loans or bursaries. However you will need to pay for:

  • Flights
  • Accommodation
  • Living expenses (For example food, bus pass, books, gym pass)
  • Insurance*
  • Any travelling before or after your exchange

It is worth remembering that some destinations can be considerably more expensive to live than Leeds and although you will receive funding this won’t be enough to cover all costs. You should take time to research the living costs of your chosen destinations before you commit to the exchange.

Here is some advice, or join our Facebook group to ask previous students for their advice.