The Erasmus+ Study Mobility Programme has been designed to help you study at other universities in the EU. If you choose to undertake a study exchange as part of the Erasmus+ scheme, you will be eligible for a grant to help meet some of the costs of living abroad. Providing you fulfil the conditions of the programme the money doesn’t have to be repaid.
You may be eligible to study with one of our partner universities in Europe under the programme. You can find full information about which institutions we partner with for particular subject areas in the pages about faculty-specific overseas opportunities.
Everything you need to know
What is Erasmus+?
Erasmus+ is the European Commission's flagship for financial support of mobility for Higher Education students, teachers and institutions. The British Council is the funding agency in the UK and coordinates the funding at a national level.
Who is eligible to apply for funding?
Any student planning to go on a study exchange under the Erasmus+ programme is welcome to apply for an Erasmus+ grant.
You may also be eligible for additional financial support towards your travel expenses – visit GOV.UK for further information.
Exchanges are faculty and course-specific and can only take place if there is an existing Erasmus+ inter-institutional agreement in place with a partner university. Study exchanges generally occur during the second year of an undergraduate degree (although this may differ for some courses). You might also be able to study abroad as part of your placement year if your faculty allows it.
You remain a fully enrolled BU-student during the placement and will not pay tuition fees at the host institution. You will also receive academic recognition for the period studied abroad provided you fulfil the academic and administrative requirements of the exchange. This means your period abroad counts towards your degree at BU.
Please refer to the faculty international exchange partner information which details the institutions available to you and when you can go abroad.
How do you apply?
The Global Engagement Mobility Team will be able to provide information on the application process. Internal deadlines may differ for each faculty and therefore it is important you familiarise yourself with the relevant information as soon as you are interested in undertaking a study abroad semester.
Read the Applicants Guide (pdf 49kb) and the Learning Agreement (word 102kb), along with the information on How to fill in your Learning Agreement (pdf 552kb) and the faculty international exchange partner information.
How long can you study abroad for and what will you be studying?
You will normally spend the equivalent of a BU semester abroad, although sometimes a full academic year is possible. You will usually be expected to complete the equivalent of 60 BU/30 ECTS* credits per semester or 120 BU/60 ECTS credits per academic year.
BU and your host institution have worked together to ensure there is a good fit between the undergraduate programme here and the course you will join abroad. Your Erasmus+ coordinators at BU and in your host university will provide you with all the information you need about the unit offer available to you, assessment methods and other essential academic and support information.
Your faculty Erasmus+ academic coordinators can advise you in your unit choice; your final learning programme will be agreed by them, the International Mobility Officer and your host institution as well as yourself.
*The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) is a tool that helps to design, describe, and deliver study programmes and award higher education qualifications. The use of ECTS, in conjunction with outcomes-based qualifications frameworks, makes study programmes and qualifications more transparent and facilitates the recognition of qualifications.
Does BU convert the grades of a foreign university?
It is important to note that your study exchange will only be recognised on a pass / fail basis. You will need to pass your study exchange in order to progress at BU, and will receive an academic transcript for your studies abroad. The units completed in your host institution will count towards progression as you will receive BU credits for them. The credits gained abroad will figure in your diploma supplement, but your study abroad period will not count towards your final degree classification.
Financial information if you’re studying abroad
Most students study at institutions abroad that teach in English. Should you wish to learn or improve your knowledge of European languages such as French, Spanish, German, or Italian, you can benefit from the free self-learning programmes and Conversation clubs offered by Languages@BU.
Erasmus+ also offers free online courses covering a range of European languages. These are currently optional for native speakers of English studying in English during their semester abroad, as well as for speakers of English as a foreign language who have met BU's language entry requirements and academic performance standards.
Advice about studying and living abroad
Please read thoroughly the key advice offered by Erasmus+ on travel, insurance, and other practical matters that you need to be aware of when preparing for your semester abroad.
Talk to a member of the Global Engagement Mobility Team in our weekly drop-in session at The Edge: Wednesdays 1-5pm during term time. Outside term time the team can be contacted by email or by telephone on 01202 965824.