Erasmus+ at UCL
Creating opportunities for the UK across Europe
Erasmus+ is the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport. It runs for seven years, from 2014 to 2020, with organisations invited to apply for funding each year to undertake creative and worthwhile activities.
Erasmus+ aims to modernise education, training and youth work across Europe. It is open to education, training, youth and sport organisations across all sectors of lifelong learning, including school education, further and higher education, adult education and the youth sector. It offers exciting opportunities for UK participants to then study, work, volunteer, teach and train abroad in Europe.
Brexit and Erasmus+
In light of the UK's vote to leave the European Union, we have put together a list of FAQs for current and future Study Abroad students. For more information you can also refer to UCL's central webpage, EU Referendum: advice, comments and statements.
The following statement is from the British Council and Ecorys UK, who deliver Erasmus+ in the UK:
"The National Agency for Erasmus+ in the UK, a partnership between the British Council and Ecorys UK, remains wholly committed to the programme and its benefits.
The National Agency strongly supports continued full membership of the programme for the UK through to 2020, so that at least 250,000 people across the UK have the chance to study, train or volunteer abroad, and that UK organisations can continue to collaborate on international projects. 2016 was the most popular year so far for Erasmus+ in the UK and we expect even greater take-up in 2017 because we have a higher budget this year.
Successful Erasmus+ applicants in 2017 will be awarded funding for the full duration of their projects, and all beneficiaries should continue their projects with their partners as usual through to completion. The UK continues to be a full member of the EU until the point it leaves. The European Commission has confirmed that during negotiations under Article 50, European Union treaties and law continue to apply to the UK, and this applies to projects financed through Erasmus+.
The UK Government has also confirmed that while we remain in the EU we retain all our rights and obligations as a Member State, including the right to participate in Erasmus+. We cannot speculate on any possible future scenarios following the UK’s exit from the EU, but we note the Government position is that UK participation in some EU programmes may continue subject to the negotiation."
UCL Erasmus+ Mobility Projects
UCL is proud to have been granted an Erasmus Charter for Higher Education in December 2013, a requirement for participating in the Erasmus+ programme. This charter sets out a number of principles which participating organisations agree to uphold in operating the programme. You can learn more about the way UCL is implementing Erasmus+ by reading our Erasmus+ Policy Statement.
The ECHE permits us to apply for funding to facilitate mobility for students and staff across the university. Since obtaining the charter, UCL has successfully completed two projects under Key Action 1 (Mobility for individuals) and has obtained funding for our 2017/18 project which began in June 2017. UCL also participates in various projects under Key Action 2, which focuses on sharing, developing and transferring innovative practices in education, training and youth provision between participating countries.
Erasmus+ brings a new approach that is integrated and streamlined, thereby intending to simplify access routes to funding. By bringing together a range of different programmes and initiatives, the European Commission hope to make the overall funding programme more efficient and accessible.
Coordination of Erasmus+ at UCL
The Erasmus+ Institutional Coordinator has oversight of the programme as a whole, and is the liaison point between UCL and the UK National Agency (the British Council, in partnership with Ecorys UK). Responsibility for this role has recently moved from the Office for International Affairs to the Study Abroad Team in Student and Registry Services, in order to aid coherent delivery of the programme and help to meet institutional mobility targets. Details of the delivery structure are available to download as a pdf document:
Erasmus+ Programme 2017/18
Applications for the 2018 Call for Funding for Mobility of Students and Staff within Programme Countries (Key Action 103) are due in February 2018.
Staff who wish to send students abroad in 2018/19 need to confirm expected numbers to the Erasmus+ Coordinator by 15 January 2018 in order that we may apply for sufficient funding to cover students undertaking Erasmus+ Placements.
Departments will be contacted in the New Year to provide information about projected Erasmus+ placements for the 2018/19 academic cycle.
The Erasmus+ Student Charter
The Erasmus Student Charter outlines the entitlements and obligations of participating students.
Participation in Erasmus+
Students from UCL partner universities wishing to apply for admission as an Erasmus+ student can visit the UCL Prospective Students website.
Due to the scope and size of our programme, delivery of individual components is devolved to departments who have specialist knowledge in this area. For details of where to direct your enquiry, please select the relevant section below.
- Inbound Staff and Student Enquiries
I would like to come to UCL on Erasmus+ Staff Training Mobility
Please identify the department you would like to work with directly: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/departments/a-z. The contact details of the Departmental Administrator (or equivalent) can be found on the website of the department you would like to visit.
I would like to come to UCL on Erasmus+ Staff Teaching Mobility
Please identify the department you would like to work with directly (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/departments/a-z) and contact an academic member of staff in the relevant subject field. Their contact details can be found on the UCL website.
I would like to come to UCL on Erasmus+ Student Mobility (to follow courses or to supervised research)
Please visit the following website: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/international/affiliate/erasmus
I would like to come to UCL as an Erasmus+ Trainee (to undertake an internship or work placement)
To enquire about lab-based traineeships, please contact the research group you are interested in working with, including details of your proposed training programme. Their details can be found on the UCL website using the search function.
To enquire about office-based traineeships, please approach the department you are interested in interning with, including details of your proposed training programme. Their details can be found on the UCL website using the search function.
Please be advised that agreeing to host a trainee is at the discretion of the UCL department and they are not obliged to accept any traineeship proposal.
I would like to host an Erasmus+ Trainee in my lab, group or department(to undertake an internship or work placement)
Please visit our Staff Resources page for information on hosting an Erasmus+ Trainee.
- Outbound Staff and Student Enquiries
I am interested in undertaking an Erasmus+ placement as part of my undergraduate degree
Please visit: www.ucl.ac.uk/studyabroad
I am interested in undertaking an Erasmus+ placement as part of my taught postgraduate or research degree
Please contact your programme leader, programme administrator or supervisor.
I am a UCL student interested in doing an Erasmus+ traineeship in Europe after I graduate
Unfortunately UCL does not offer this opportunity to recent graduates at the moment.
I am interested in taking part in the Erasmus+ Staff Mobility Programme for Training or Teaching
Please visit the Organisational Development website.
- Erasmus Contracts and Agreements
I would like to enquire about a strategic partnership (under Key Action 2) with UCL
Please contact the Erasmus Institutional Coordinator in the first instance: firstname.lastname@example.org
I would like to discuss the possibility of a new Erasmus+ mobility agreement (under Key Action 1) with UCL
Please contact Conor Rickford: email@example.com
I would like to discuss the renewal or termination of an existing Erasmus+ mobility agreement with UCL
Please contact Conor Rickford: firstname.lastname@example.org
I work in a UCL academic department and would like to discuss an existing Erasmus+ agreement
Please contact Lucy Gaunt: email@example.com
- Queries from Coordinators at Partner Institutions
I need to discuss the application of one of my inbound students
Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
I need to discuss an urgent welfare matter relating to a student currently at UCL
Please contact: email@example.com
I need to discuss an urgent welfare matter relating to a student currently on exchange at my institution
Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
I would like to request some promotional materials to promote UCL at my institution
Please contact the International Office: email@example.com
I would like to send some promotional materials to UCL to promote my institution
Please send them to the following address:
UCL Study Abroad Team
University College London
Gower Street, WC1E 6BT
Where should I send details of my institution’s application process for inbound Erasmus+ students?
Please send these to the Study Abroad Team: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you cannot identify the correct contact for your enquiry, you can email the Erasmus+ Institutional Coordinator.
- The British Council is the UK's National Agency for Erasmus+.
- A new initiative as part of Erasmus+ is the Online Linguistic Support.