UCL Students Abroad
The Erasmus programme is funded by the European Commission and enables higher education students to study or work abroad as part of their degree and staff to teach or train in 33 European countries. In the UK, the programme is coordinated by the British Council.
If you are eligible for an Erasmus exchange placement, there are many reasons why you should consider the programme, including:
- Financial benefits - students taking part receive a monthly grant in the region of €300
- Language skills - many Erasmus institutions do not offer courses in English so it is an excellent chance to build on your existing skills, and for some less widely taught languages there is even the opportunity to learn when you get there
- International community - thousands of students take part in the Erasmus programme every year, so it is a chance to become part of a truly international network of friends
- New horizons - Europe is a continent with an immensely wide range of different cultures; Erasmus gives you the chance to see and experience these cultures first hand, without the boundaries of tourism
The British Council have also produced a leaflet containing reasons to take part in Erasmus.
What's the catch?
Well, really there is no catch - this incredible opportunity is as good as it seems. However, in order to take part in the scheme you must sign a grant contract, and you will be subject to an Erasmus Student Charter explaining what the programme requires from both you and your home and host institutions. Aside from these, you will need to return a few documents which the British Council require for their records - have a look at the paperwork checklist for an idea of what is required.
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