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.
So you've found out where you’re going, your parents are bugging you about booking flights, sorting out insurance, getting your EHIC card and finding somewhere to live, and all the while your university is overloading you with forms, questionnaires and boring emails. What no one mentions until it’s too late and you’re already out there, is what you actually should have packed. Here, thanks to our YAGs (Year Abroad Grads), we’ve got a list of what’s hot and what’s not in terms of packing...
If you have recently graduated, you may be able to benefit from a work placement in another European country. Leonardo Mobility funding enables UK organisations to offer work placements in other European countries and provide individuals with a unique opportunity to enhance their skills and gain valuable experience. Participants can be any age but must not currently be studying in Higher Education. Find out more about the Leonardo da Vinci Programme.
Grundtvig offers funding to adult learners who wish to visit European countries to take on work placements or attend conferences and training courses.