If you will be on a work or study abroad placement in a European country anytime throughout the 2020-21 or 2021-22 academic year, you may be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant to supplement your student loan. There will not be Erasmus+ funding for students studying or working in Europe from 2022-23 onwards.
The UK government has announced that the UK's participation in the Erasmus+ scheme is being replaced by the Turing Scheme. Please see the Turing Scheme webpages for further information about how the University of Leeds is funding opportunities overseas via the Turing programme.
The University of Leeds is committed to continuing exchange agreementswith our European Higher Education partner institutions following the end of the UK’s participation in the Erasmus+ programme. We can’t guarantee that all our existing European partners will continue to host Leeds students and it’s expected that some partnerships will change. We are working to secure places for our students at partner universities, with extra consideration for degrees that have a compulsory study abroad requirement.
Erasmus+ funding for mobility in 2021/22
The Erasmus+ programme was due to run until the end of the 2020/21 academic year however an extension request from the University has been approved which means Erasmus+ funding regulations will apply to students studying and working abroad in the 2021/22 academic year.
For information on the eligibility criteria, grant amounts, and the payment process, please read the following information.
Coronavirus (covid-19) Information
If you are a University of Leeds study abroad student whose placement has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic, please see our dedicated page about how your Erasmus+ grant may be affected and what you need to do.
The Erasmus+ grant is only available to placements that start overseas. This unfortunately means that if your placements starts in the UK (or your home country) and you’re initially working or studying from home – the Erasmus+ grant won’t apply until you physically move overseas and start your placement in your host country.
What is the Erasmus+ Programme?
Erasmus+ is the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport. It has the overall aim of increasing student mobility across Europe and investing in knowledge, skills and competencies which will benefit individuals, institutions, organisations and society as a whole by contributing to growth and ensuring prosperity and social inclusion in Europe and beyond. One of its main objectives is strengthening linguistic skills and supporting language learning.
The Erasmus+ programme is financed by the European Commission and there is generous funding involved. The UK Goverment paid into the current programme prior to leaving the EU. The British Council is the 'National Agency' for the administration of the Erasmus+ scheme in the UK. The British Council act on behalf of the European Commission, which is the underwriting agency for the Erasmus+ programme. Further information can be found on the Erasmus+ website.
At the University of Leeds:
- The Study Abroad office looks after Study Abroad placements and the staff training and teaching scheme. Read about the programme on the Study Abroad website.
- The Careers Centre looks after Work Placements abroad. Read about Erasmus+ work placements on the Careers Centre website.
Erasmus+ grant amount
If you are studying or working abroad as an Erasmus+ student, and comply with all relevant paperwork requirements, you are eligible to receive a non-repayable Erasmus+ grant. This is regardless of your level of study or nationality. More information on paperwork needed for Erasmus+ purposes can be found in the following 'Erasmus+ Exchange Requirements' section.
The Erasmus+ grant is awarded in addition to any student finance that you are eligible for. Read more about student finance on a placement abroad year on the tuition fees and loans page.
In addition to the Erasmus+ grant, students from under represented backgrounds receive an additional ‘widening participation’ monthly supplementary grant of €120 (Erasmus+ study placements) or €20 (Erasmus+ work placements) who can demonstrate that their household income is £25,000 or less.
If you are a student with a physical, mental or health-related condition that would make your participation in Erasmus+ impossible without extra financial support, you can apply for an additional 'Erasmus+ special needs support grant' to help finance extra costs associated with your condition. This grant is intended to help you take full advantage of an Erasmus+ mobility experience. Examples of areas eligible for support include (but are not limited to): adapted accommodation, travel assistance, medical attendance, supportive equipment, adaption of learning materials, an accompanying person.
Monthly grant rates and Widening Participation top-up rates can be viewed on the Erasmus+ website.
Switzerland and Global Engineering Education Exchange Consortium (GE3) study placements
If you are studying or working in Switzerland, or studying at a European university via the Global Engineering Education Exchange Consortium (GE3) you are not eligible to receive the Erasmus+ funding. However, if you are studying at a Swiss institution you will usually receive comparable funding directly from your host institution. Further enquiries about the parallel Swiss exchange programme should be made to the Study Abroad Office. There is no parallel scheme for GE3 students.
The British Council provide the overall funding to the University of Leeds in two allocations in Euros. The exchange rate used to convert the Euro allocation to sterling is the daily rate used by the University of Leeds when converting the Euro allocation provided by the British Council. Therefore, the rate is likely to change between the first and final allocation.
The University of Leeds will guarantee Erasmus+ funding for a maximum of initially 70% of the fully certified duration of your placement period abroad. After your placement has ended, the University of Leeds may make a final “top-up” payment of up to a further 30% depending on the level of funds made available by the British Council. The amount you receive will be calculated based on the eventual length of your placement and will be adjusted accordingly based on dates supplied on your 'Certificate of Attendance'.
Monthly grant rates vary depending on the destination country and type of programme so the projected grant rates in the table below are provided as a guide only. These rates do not include the additional Widening Participation supplement.
|Estimated Country Rate
|Guaranteed first instalment
|Top-up payment if university is fully funded
|Top-up payment if university has a shortfall in funds of 10%
|Top-up payment if university has a shortfall in funds of 15%
|4 months study
|4 months work
|9 months study
|9 months work
Provided that the required paperwork has been submitted in a timely manner, we expect eligible students to receive the grant as follows:
- If spending semester 1 or a full year abroad - first instalment of the grant in the autumn. The "top-up" instalment is paid at the end of the academic year.
- If spending semester 2 or the third term abroad - first instalment around the time you leave to study abroad or have started your work placement. The "top-up" instalment is paid at the end of the academic year.
- Widening Participation grants for Erasmus study or work placement students will be paid as a mid-placement payment, usually in February if spending the full year abroad.
For all recipients, the Erasmus+ grant can only be paid into a UK bank account in your own name. Make sure you have entered your bank details into Minerva. Find out more about providing banking details.
Multiple Erasmus+ payments
You are allowed to claim a grant for ‘multiple Erasmus+/European exchange periods’ up to a maximum of 12 months in total at each degree level, so if you are learning two languages and participating on two Erasmus+ placements (work or study) you may not be able to benefit from the grant for the duration of both periods abroad.
Leaving early and grant repayment
You may be asked to repay part of your Erasmus+ grant if you leave earlier than expected, or if the 'Certificate of Attendance' that you receive at the end of your placement abroad suggests you were studying abroad for less time than you received the grant for.
If the University of Leeds overpays the grant for any reason, e.g. due to miscalculation, misleading or incorrect information or because of any errors made by payment staff, then you are required to repay the relevant amount of grant money. This is because the grant is provided to assist students in both studying and working abroad each year and must be distributed in a consistent, fair and transparent way. Any grant money incorrectly retained by one student prevents that grant money from being given to another student.
Erasmus+ exchange requirements
If you will be on a placement abroad for the full academic year, the Study Abroad Office or Placements Team will provide information on the required Erasmus+ paperwork and their deadlines a few weeks prior to your placement starting.
If you will be on work placement abroad, your School needs to approve your work placement before you can be eligible to receive the Erasmus+ grant. Once this has been approved, the Erasmus+ work team will contact you with more information and the Erasmus+ documents. For more about the Erasmus+ work placement application and deadlines, please see the information on the Careers Centre website.
The Erasmus+ funding is generous. However, there are strict rules about the various documents and processes you need to complete or supply throughout the year to obtain the grant. Your Erasmus+ period will be deemed incomplete if the documents and processes outlined below are not completed or returned to the University of Leeds by the deadline given, and any Erasmus+ funding received to date will need to be returned to the University.
Documents needed before the first grant payment is made
There are several documents you are required to complete and return to the Study Abroad Office/Placement Team in order to receive your Erasmus+ grant. The following information provides an outline of the required documents and deadlines by which you must complete them.
Your personalised Grant Agreement, Learning Agreement and Pre-Departure checklist will be emailed to you. All other required documents are available to download from the Study Abroad Handbooks and Documents page.
|Document or Process
|Risk Awareness/Management Process
|Work Placement Application Form
|At least 4 - 6 weeks before you plan to start work at each placement
|Proof of Work Placement Document
|You must provide a signed document (e.g. University Tripartite Agreement or Job Contract) which shows your start and end dates
|Register with the University of Leeds
|After 1st August
|Personalised Grant Agreement
|Before the start date of your placement.
|Download Erasmus + Widening Participation Declaration Word document (if applicable)
|Personalised Learning Agreement
|Within one month of your placement start date.
|Certificate of Arrival
|As close to the physical presence (in country) at your host institution/employer.
|Initial Online Language Assessment (if applicable)
|Bank details on Minerva
After 1 August, see how to provide your bank details.
Documents needed before the top-up grant payment is made
The Erasmus+ grant top-up payment can only be released once the below have been completed. Documents are available to download from the Study Abroad Handbooks and Documents page.
|Document or Process
|Download Certificate of Attendance Word document
|As close to the end of your placement as possible (no later than mid-August).
|Transcript of Records
|As soon as your host university/organisation releases it.
|Final Online Language Assessment (if applicable)
Acknowledge Grant Amendment