Apply for higher education student and staff mobility funding

Erasmus+ enables UK higher education students, recent graduates and staff to study, gain work experience, teach or train abroad. Funding can also be used to bring international academics, industry experts and other professionals to your institution.

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In 2018, over €76 million was awarded to UK higher education institutions (HEIs) for over 28,000 student and staff mobilities. The 2019 Call for applications is now open. Funding is available for higher education mobilities across the world:

What are the benefits?

For students, Erasmus+ is a chance to develop new skills, gain international experience and boost their employability. Staff participants gain new ideas, build professional networks and strengthen their professional practice. According to the Erasmus Impact Survey:

  • 90% of mobile students reported improved soft skills - such as intercultural, foreign language and communication skills
  • Former Erasmus students are half as likely to experience long-term unemployment as students who do not go abroad
  • Over 90% of HEIs regard staff mobility as an effective means of achieving major objectives, such as internationalising the campus, promoting new pedagogical methods and enriching course offerings.

“Erasmus+ changes people’s lives. It opens up new learning experiences, provides insight into different cultures, and, most importantly in such turbulent times, nurtures the concept of global citizenship amongst our staff and students.” Isabell Majewsky Anderson, Head of Go Abroad, Edinburgh University

Visit our case studies section to find out more.

How does it work?

 With Erasmus+ higher education student and staff mobility funding, mobilities take place within programme countries. Projects last 16 to 24 months, and HEIs can apply for funding for any of the following activities within a project:    

  • Students can study abroad for three to 12 months or do a traineeship (work placement) abroad for two to 12 months in total per academic cycle 
  • Recent graduates can undertake a two to 12 month traineeship in selected countries, within 12 months of graduating. They must be selected by their HEI during their last year of study
  • Academic and professional staff can do a teaching placement abroad, or undertake training, job shadowing or observation. Activities can last from two days to two months. Staff from any public or private organisation active in the labour market or in the fields of education, training and youth may also be funded to teach at your HEI.

UK HEIs can apply for funding for student mobility, staff mobility or both, and there is no limit on the amount of funding for which you can apply.

Erasmus+ mobility grants are awarded to HEIs based on criteria defined by the Erasmus+ UK National Agency to offer:

  • A monthly grant to students and, for some destinations, a travel grant
  • Extra funding for disadvantaged students and students with special needs
  • Subsistence and travel grants for staff mobility
  • Organisational support – for organisation, management and implementation of activities.

Who can apply?

Erasmus+ higher education funding is open to UK organisations involved in higher education. This includes degree awarding organisations as well as organisations offering courses leading to a degree. Please read the Erasmus+ Programme Guide for full eligibility criteria.

To apply for Erasmus+ higher education funding or take part in a project, your institution must hold an Erasmus Charter For Higher Education (ECHE) or Mobility Consortium with Higher Education Consortium accreditation. 

Students are not able to apply directly for Erasmus+ funding. Students should contact their university or college to find out about Erasmus+ opportunities.

How do I find new partners?

On the European Commission’s Participant portal, you can find hundreds of HEIs across the world who have registered for Erasmus+ and similar international programmes. In addition, have a look at the higher education partnership opportunities page and the European Commission's quick guide (548 KB).

How to apply

The 2019 Call for Applications was published on 24 October 2018. In 2019 there is one application deadline for higher education student and staff mobility funding, on 5 February 2019 at 11am (UK time). The application form along with the guide for applicants will be available shortly. The 2018 guide for applicants (608 KB) is still available for reference purposes only.

In the meantime:

Who should I contact?

If you have any questions about this activity, please contact the British Council by email or telephone: 0292 092 4311.