Erasmus, administered by the British Council in the UK, is part of the European Union's Lifelong Learning Programme and is the largest organised mobility programme in the world, known and respected throughout Europe. Almost three million higher education students in Europe have taken part in the programme since its introduction in 1987 and agree it was the best decision they ever made.
One of the most popular ways to fund your travels abroad is through the Erasmus Scheme, an EU wide initiative which provides financial support for students wishing to go abroad. It’s a fantastic funding scheme that many UK universities are involved in. The great thing about it is that it works across many other disciplines, not just language—so don’t feel you’ve been left out, just because you don’t study languages! Of course eligibility differs for each course, so have a look at their requirements or speak to someone at your university for more details. At the moment students receive about €225 a month, so you probably won’t be able to solely rely on Erasmus money to see you through your expenses. Application is through your own university, so book an appointment with your Erasmus coordinator to get the full lowdown.
What exactly is a grant? Basically, it’s a contribution of money handed over to rightful causes. This could be YOU so get researching what’s out there. There are a handful of UK charities and trusts which offer grants. However in most cases, the sum will not be able to cover the full cost of living. A good place to start is at your home university, quizzing the International Office about what’s out there. Did you know that if you are an EU student, you have equal rights to work in any EU country? This also means you might just be entitled to grants in your country of choice, so do ask around your department(s) and Student Union. Postgraduates may be able to obtain grants from research councils. Contact the relevant institutes related to your discipline for further information.
Let me first introduce myself: Hi, I'm a survivor of Pah-Ree. Like anyone else in love with the myth, Paris was my first choice for my Erasmus year abroad back in 2007. I was enrolled at Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne for the law programme and I expected it to be fun. Boy was I in for a surprise...!