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

UEA continues to access Erasmus+ funding to support eligible activities for student and staff mobility in Europe to May 2021 travelling to study or work with our Erasmus exchange partner universities in Europe.

From September 2021, the UK's outwards mobility  funding scheme, Turing, begins to support global mobility. Turing is not a reciprocal exchange programme like Erasmus, but UK universities will still send students out to exchange partner universities, within and beyond Europe. UEA already manages reciprocal exchange with host destinations outside the EU and will continue to offer study abroad opportunities within Europe, despite the UK's exit from the EU and thus the Erasmus programme.

UEA has submitted its bid to the Turing scheme for the academic year 2021-22. The outcome of any funding allocated to UEA will be known in July 2021.

What does this mean for you?

Going abroad in 2021-22?

  • Still apply for Erasmus funding through UEA if you're studying or working abroad for a semester or year in the EU. See opportunities for student and graduate mobility funding below.

  • Those planning study or work abroad outside the EU, or shorter periods of mobility in the EU, should continue to prepare based on any potential Turing funding being unknown.

UEA students can visit UEA's Turing Scheme page for more information.

ERASMUS opportunities

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

Student Mobility

This can either be through a study period or a traineeship. A study period would be at an Erasmus partner institution lasting between 3-12 months and is fully recognised as part of your degree. A traineeship (work placement) would be in a programme country abroad lasting between 2-12 months and is also a fully recognised part of your degree.

Graduate Mobility

This would be a graduate traineeship, often called a work placement or graduate internship, lasting between 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.