Co-funded by the European Union, the Erasmus+ programme aims to increase student and staff movement within the European Community.
Run by the European Commission, and managed by the British Council in the UK, the two key benefits of the Erasmus+ scheme for students are:
- financial support from the European Commission offered to all students completing an Erasmus+ study placement or traineeship
- the opportunity to receive language support in the language of your host country.
In order to be eligible for these features, Bristol students must opt into the programme during their application to Global Opportunities and fulfil strict Erasmus+ documentation requirements.
The University of Bristol currently holds Erasmus+ agreements with 100 European universities and arranges over 500 Erasmus+ study placements and traineeships each year.
Through the Erasmus+ programme, we also provide financial support for University staff mobilities to EU institutions for the purposes of teaching and training.
Following Brexit, the UK will no longer be a part of the Erasmus+ scheme. But, UK universities can continue to take part in the programme until its end date in July 2022. This means students nominated for an Erasmus+ study or work placement in the 2021/22 academic year can complete their placement and receive a grant.
The UK government is launching the Turing scheme, providing £100 million in funding for 35,000 students across the UK to go on placements abroad from September 2021. More details will be published on the Global Opportunities webpages when they are available.