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.

Note: Although the UK has now left the Erasmus+ programme, UEA has Erasmus funding remaining to support eligible activities for students and staff mobile in Europe for the Academic Years 2020-21 and 2021-22. Please see these pages for further information.

We are awaiting further details on the UK Government's new Turing Scheme to support global mobility for students, and will update the Study Abroad website as soon as further information becomes available.

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.