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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 UK Government has stated publicly that the United Kingdom is committed to continuing full participation in the Erasmus+ programme up until we leave the European Union. The Government has now agreed a fair financial settlement with the EU enabling it to move to the next stage of negotiations. With the caveat that “nothing is agreed until everything is agreed”, in principle the UK will continue to benefit from all EU programmes, including Erasmus+, until the end of the current budget plan (2014-2020). UK organisations wishing to apply for funding in 2018 should prepare for participation as usual ahead of the 2018 application deadlines. The UK Government has made clear that it values international exchanges. In the unlikely event of a ‘no deal’ scenario, the Government guarantee already made  still stands, and successful Erasmus+ applications which are submitted while the UK is still a Member State, even if they are not approved until after we leave, can continue beyond the point of exit.  The guarantee applies to funding allocated to UK organisations, whether in applications submitted to Brussels (centralised) or to a National Agency (decentralised), whether or not the UK is the lead partner. Applications for Higher Education submitted before the exit date will include mobility in the 2018/19 and 2019/20 academic years. Practical details regarding how this would be implemented will be discussed with the Department for Education (the UK’s Erasmus+ National Authority) over the coming months."

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 2018/19 project which begins in June 2018. 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 2018/19

Applications for the 2019 Call for Funding for Mobility of Students and Staff within Programme Countries (Key Action 103) are due in February 2019. 

Staff who wish to send students abroad in 2019/20 need to confirm expected numbers to the Erasmus+ Coordinator by 15 January 2019 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 2019/20 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