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Erasmus Opportunities to study and work abroad in the EU Erasmus 09-10 - October 2009 Erasmus Programme The Erasmus scheme, funded by the European Commission, was introduced in 1987 to promote student mobility within the EU. Erasmus offers EU students an opportunity to study and/or work (min 3 months, max 12 months) in another EU country. Erasmus students can receive a grant to contribute to the extra costs of studying/working abroad. Erasmus 09-10 - October 2009 Erasmus Grants Erasmus grant allocations are made based on destination country, type of mobility, number of months abroad and funding available. Erasmus grants are paid in 2 parts: first payment near the beginning and second payment available during Sem 2. Erasmus 09-10 - October 2009 Erasmus Grants Erasmus grants are paid directly into student bank accounts via BACS. Grants are usually paid in £ sterling. The initial grant amounts for 2009/2010 will be based on 225 EUR per month, for the number of months abroad. Erasmus 09-10 - October 2009 Erasmus Grants - Examples A student studying and/or working in another Erasmus participating country for 10 months, would receive an initial grant of 2250 EUR (approx £2,070), calculated as follows; 225 EUR x 10 months = 2250 EUR Second grant allocations not usually available till mid- Semester 2 Erasmus 09-10 - October 2009 Erasmus Grants - Examples Below are some examples of grant funding based on 2008/2009 amounts: A student studying in France, Germany or Spain for 10 months received an initial grant for the equivalent of 2450 EURO (£1,948.06 based on exchange rate of 1.25766). (€245 x 10 months) Erasmus 09-10 - October 2009 Erasmus Grants – Examples A student on work placement for 10 months in most participating countries received an initial grant for the equivalent of 2500 EURO (£1,987.81 based on exchange rate of 1.25766) This is calculated: €250 x 10 months. Second grant for both study and work abroad for 2008/2009 is based on €140/month. Erasmus 09-10 - October 2009 Erasmus Grant Paperwork No formal application as such (Erasmus students notified to RREA via School/Divisional offices). RREA sends information pack to student home address and/or via e-mail. Info pack includes: cover letter introducing Erasmus and instructions; bank details form; student mobility agreement (study and/or work incorporating a learning/training agreement); certificate of attendance; Erasmus report form. Erasmus 09-10 - October 2009 Erasmus Grant Paperwork Learning Agreements: all students studying abroad need to have a learning agreement signed by them, the home and host institution. Training Agreements: for students on work placement abroad a training agreement has to be signed by the student, home institution and work placement provider. Erasmus 09-10 - October 2009 Erasmus – additional information Currently, students abroad as Erasmus for the whole academic year will have their tuition fees waived. Should students return before completing a minimum of 3 months, the whole Erasmus grant will have to be repaid. If a student returns earlier than planned, but after the min 3 months has been achieved, the amount to be repaid will be worked out pro-rata. Erasmus 09-10 - October 2009 Erasmus – additional information Application forms for partner universities: check out the partner website. Most partners now have a standard application form/procedure. Accommodation: again, check out partner website for details. Insurance: whilst for health purposes most things are covered by the EHIC (European Health Insurance Card), it’s recommended that students take out their own insurance which will cover, for instance, additional medical/health items, personal possessions and personal/legal liability. Erasmus 09-10 - October 2009 Erasmus – useful websites UK Erasmus National Agency http://www.britishcouncil.org/erasmus UK Erasmus Student Committee http://www.ukerasmus.com Erasmus Student Network http://www.esn.org European Health Insurance Card http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Healthcare/Healthadvicef ortravellers/index.htm Erasmus 09-10 - October 2009 Erasmus – useful websites Endsleigh - http://www.endsleigh.co.uk (Endsleigh is an example of an insurance company which offers a specific study/work abroad policy. You may also want to check other companies or parents’ insurance policies). Go Live It – http://www.goliveit.net (Can provide help in finding accommodation in France, Germany, Italy and Spain, although a fee is involved). Northumbria’s Erasmus website: http://www.northumbria.ac.uk/erasmus Erasmus 09-10 - October 2009 Erasmus Central Erasmus University contact: Val Hunter Research, Regional and European Affairs 21/22 Ellison Place Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8ST Tel: 0191 227 4108, Fax: 0191 227 4898 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Erasmus 09-10 - October 2009
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