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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. 

Read a summary of the highlights of UCL's 2015-16 Erasmus Project.

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+ 

UCL students wishing to undertake Erasmus+ placements at partner universities can consult the Study Abroad Website. Details of our Erasmus+ Funding Selection Policy can be found here.

Students from UCL partner universities wishing to apply for admission as an Erasmus+ student can visit the UCL Prospective Students website.

Contact details

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
Outbound Staff and Student Enquiries
Erasmus Contracts and Agreements
Queries from Coordinators at Partner Institutions

If you cannot identify the correct contact for your enquiry, you can email the Erasmus+ Institutional Coordinator.  

Further Information