Erasmus (European Region Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students) is the European Commission's educational programme for Higher Education students, teachers and institutions.

It was introduced to increase student and staff movement within the European Community, including the European Economic Area countries and the candidate countries of Turkey and Croatia.

ERASMUS opportunities

The mobility opportunities under Erasmus+ for staff and students includes the following activities:

Student Mobility

  • a study period at an Erasmus partner institution lasting between 3 and 12 months and fully recognised as part of your degree
  • a traineeship (work placement) in a programme country abroad lasting between 2 and 12 months and fully recognised as part of your degree

Graduate Mobility

  • a graduate traineeship, often called a work placement or graduate internship, ranging from 2-12 months.

Contact UEA Careers Central during your final year to find out more about undertaking the traineeship after you graduate.


Broaden your horizons exploring the multitude of cultures and languages on your doorstep whilst gaining credit towards your degree. Access a wide range of subject areas and acquire a network of international friends and contacts. Boost your employability by increasing your confidence, problem solving and language skills. Grants and tuition fee agreements are in place to help finance your experience. It’s not a holiday, it’s the experience of a lifetime!



Erasmus has evolved since its early days in 1987, and now forms part of the new European Commission Erasmus+ programme (2014-2020), which is the successor to the Lifelong Learning Programme that ran between 2007-2014.

Please see our Erasmus + Charter with annotated guidelinesthe UEA Erasmus policy statement and general information on the Erasmus+ programme for more information.