Advice for participants

We have put together some useful information for participants who have successfully applied to take part and need a helping hand to sort out some of the logistics.

Language skills
Brush up on your language skills before you go abroad
Passports and visas
Will you need a visa for your Erasmus+ placement?
Tier 5 visa
How to apply for a Certificate of Sponsorship
Travel and accommodation
How will you get there? Where will you stay?
Money and insurance
Advice on handling your cash and getting insurance
Recognition for achievements
How to make sure your experience counts
Additional support
Practical advice for those with mental/physical disabilities
Advice for parents & guardians
Information on what to expect for your child's project
HE grant rates
Information and FAQs for students

Your main source for guidance on practical issues will be your sending organisation/home institution so please make sure you contact them for full details.

Research and timings

Decide what activity you want to undertake. Higher education students can work abroad or study abroad; young people can volunteer abroad or carry out a youth exchange; staff can teach or train abroad.

Carry out thorough research and preparation. Read which countries participate. Talk to your Erasmus+ organiser, former participants and Erasmus+ societies and hear what they have to say.

If you are a student in higher education you will generally need to apply to take part the year before you want to go, so make sure you talk to your international office/Erasmus+ officer in good time, probably in your first year.

Useful websites

Eurodesk is a free information service on European work, study, travel and volunteering opportunities.

The British Council’s Study Work Create website has useful information for young people living and travelling abroad.

Visit the Global Graduates website for lots of useful student information. 

Take a look at as they have guides to more than 60 countries, all of which provide practical information about issues such as health, insurance, finding accommodation, visas and permits, banking, and telecom services.