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.

Funding is available for higher education mobilities across the world:

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Higher Education Student and Staff Mobility within Programme countries (Key Action 103)

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 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 within Programme Countries (Key Action 103), 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.

Mobilities take place within programme countries. 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 Organisation Registration System, you can find hundreds of HEIs from across the world that have registered for Erasmus+ and similar international programmes. National Erasmus+ Offices, who assist in the implementation of the programme, can be a useful resource in identifying HEIs overseas who are active in Erasmus+ and looking for partners.

How to apply

In 2020 there was one application deadline for higher education staff and student mobility funding on 11 February, and this has now passed. The guide for applicants (661 KB) is available for reference purposes only.

Read our webpage for the latest information on Erasmus+ and the EU transition period.

Who should I contact?

If you have any questions about this activity, please contact the British Council by email or telephone on 0161 957 7755.