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 in 1987 with the aim of increasing student and staff movement within the European Community including the European Economic Area countries, and the Candidate Countries of Turkey and Croatia.
The progression of Erasmus
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.
The mobility opportunities under Erasmus+ for staff and students includes the following activities:
- teaching periods – staff deliver teaching at another partner HEI abroad
- training periods – staff undertake a training event or undergo job shadowing/ observation/ training in a relevant organisation abroad
- 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
- a graduate traineeship, often called a work placement or graduate internship, ranging from 2-12 months.
- You need to let us know that you'd like to take part in your final year and then undertake the traineeship in the year after you finish. Find out what to do next.
- You will need to find your own role. Take a look at some of the ways we can help with this.
Students - Why choose Erasmus?
Broaden your horizons by exploring the multitude of cultures and languages on your doorstep whilst gaining credit towards your degree. You will be able to 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!
Getting started with Erasmus+
For more information on how to participate in the UEA Erasmus programme please click the relevant link below:
More information on Erasmus+
For further information on the University of East Anglia's application to participate within the Erasmus+ programmes, please see our Erasmus + Charter with Annotated Guidelines and UEA's Erasmus Policy Statement (2014-2020).
Also for further general information on the Erasmus+ programme, please visit http://www.erasmusplus.org.uk