Due to travel complications due to COVID-19, the exchange programme for the current academic year 2020/21 has been suspended for all students wishing to participate in an exchange abroad. We will issue further guidance in due course. Please contact Erasmus@uos.ac.uk with any queries.
What is the Erasmus programme?
Erasmus+ is the European Commission's programme for Higher Education students, teachers and institutions. It was introduced with the aim of increasing student mobility across borders within Europe by providing a maintenance grant for tuition fee-free study in partner institutions in Europe. The UK will remain in the current Erasmus+ programme and we have funding confirmed until Summer 2023.
We actively encourage our students to spend a period of their studies overseas and believe they will benefit greatly from their international experience and our Erasmus Policy Statement outlines our aims.
In order to be eligible students must first have spent at least one academic year at the University of Suffolk after which they can spend either one semester or one full academic year studying at one of our Partner institutions in Europe. Erasmus+ students do not have to pay tuition fees to the foreign institution and usually get an Erasmus mobility grant to help with travel costs and living expenses.
Not only can students study as part of the Erasmus programme but funding is available for students to take up a student traineeship. The minimum duration for an Erasmus+ traineeship is 2 months, allowing students to take up this opportunity during the summer months. In the past our students have been offered summer internships in Ibiza, Vienna and Spain. Students are eligible for Erasmus funding which can help cover the costs towards airfares, insurance and some living costs.
Further information about Erasmus+ can be found on the British Council website.
Are there other International Opportunities?
We are looking to expand the opportunities for students to go on a student exchange to destinations beyond our partners in Europe and we currently have two destinations available:
If you would be interested to find out more about these opportunities, contact the Study Abroad Team
What does it cost?
You will not be paying your host university any fees; but whether you pay the University of Suffolk your tuition fees for the time you are abroad depends on the length of your stay and new fee compensation rules being introduced for 2019-2020. If you are away a full year you will usually be required to pay the University of Suffolk 15% of your normal tuition fees to a maximum of £1385, check with our Erasmus Team for further details.
Erasmus+ students also receive a grant that currently ranges from €370 - €420 per month for the 2020 academic year, which depends on the country visited.
Erasmus+ grants in the UK are paid through the University of Suffolk and are paid in addition to the standard grants or loans to which students are usually entitled. There is also an additional grant of €120 per month for students identified as eligible for the various widening participation premiums already operating at HE level across the UK.
It is worth noting that if you are eligible for student support in the UK and study abroad for one whole academic year, you may also be eligible to receive a large contribution towards your UK tuition fees for that year.
You may get a grant to cover some of your travel expenses if you normally live in England and you’re studying abroad as part of your course. You do not have to pay back a travel grant. There are rules on eligibility and how much you'll get.
Are you eligible?
To study abroad you must at least be in your second year of study at the University of Suffolk. If you are taking a short-term higher vocational education course, such as a part-time student, you can also participate (providing you study full-time during your period abroad).
Any current students can apply to do an Erasmus traineeships.
You must be in good academic standing and your Department/Course Leader must agree to endorse your application.
How to apply
Please contact the University's Erasmus Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are selected to do an exchange we will nominate you to your chosen university. You should then receive an invitation to complete an application form that the receiving institution will send you.
Every institution has their own deadlines, which are usually posted on the Erasmus section of their website.
For general information about the Erasmus programme, see the European Commission's website Erasmus for students.
Researching your placement
In the lead up to you departing for your time abroad it is very important to plan and do plenty of research on your placement.
We have collated some topics that you may want to explore: further advice.