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Erasmus+ for Brunel students

The Erasmus+ programme is available to current Brunel students who would like to study at one of our Erasmus+ partner universities in Europe, or undertake a traineeship as an approved and recognised part of their degree.

The British Council's Erasmus+ webpage provides advice and FAQs for students to help them prepare to go abroad and for their parent(s)/ guardian(s) to understand the programme.

Recognition

All Erasmus+ mobility must be recognised as part of your Brunel University London degree programme. The most common method of recognition in the framework of the Erasmus+ programme is the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). UK credits are ordinarily converted into ECTS on the basis of 2 UK credits = 1 ECTS. 

How to apply

If you are interested in taking part in the Erasmus+ programme, you first need to find out if we have an agreement in your subject area. You can then contact your personal tutor or the Academic Partnerships Office to discuss how going on an exchange would fit into your degree programme and determine your eligibility.

The Academic Partnerships Office will normally hold an information session in October and then you will need to submit an internal application by February. Once your Academic Exchange Coordinator nominates you, the Academic Partnerships Office will contact you and provide further guidance. 

It is your responsibility to contact the host university to complete and submit their application form (normally available on their website) and accommodation application. 

Please note: You are not officially accepted until notified by the host university

Read the information on student mobility to learn more about taking part in the Erasmus+ programme and visit the British Council's Erasmus+ webpage for further information.

Below is a list of documents that you will need to complete before, during and after your Erasmus+ exchange:

  • Erasmus+ Study Grant Application
  • Learning Agreement for Studies
  • Risk Awareness Checklist
  • Travel Insurance Form 
  • Confirmation of Arrival
  • Confirmation of Mobility
  • Student Report/Survey (will be emailed at the end of mobility)

Fees and finance

Tuition fees

During your study or traineeship period abroad, you will continue to pay tuition fees to Brunel University London. The Exchange agreements between Brunel University London and its partner universities mean that students are not required to pay tuition fees to the host university. The tuition fees for Home/EU undergraduate students undertaking exchange (either part or full year abroad) will be in line with the sandwich placement fee (1/9 of the Home/EU full-time fee).

Erasmus+ outgoing students fees
  Undertaking exchange period abroad in 2018/19
Home/EU undergraduate students full year £1,385
Home/EU undergraduate students one term £1,000 for the term abroad + £4,625
Overseas and postgraduate students Relevant full tuition fees

Erasmus+ grant

Eligible Erasmus+ students could receive a grant as indicated below (the rate will depend on the country you visit):

Academic year 2018/19 monthly rate:
  • Study programme €250-€300
  • Traineeship €350-€400

For students identified as eligible for the various widening participation premiums already operating at HE level across the UK, there is additional financial support for those undertaking a study abroad period. Also, students with a severe disability or exceptional special needs may be entitled to extra funding to cover associated costs, but you must apply for this before departure.

Erasmus+ grants are intended to offset any additional expenses you might incur while you are abroad. Thus, you should not depend on them to cover your essential living costs.

2018/19 Erasmus+ grant application deadline:

You must submit your grant application at least 1 month prior to starting your study or traineeship period or at the latest 15 December 2018.   

Travel grant

If you are studying abroad you can apply for an income assessed travel grant from Student Finance England for reasonable travel costs incurred while attending an overseas institution as part of the course (this means buying the most cost effective tickets for the most economical form of transport). Please visit the Student Finance England website for details.

Language requirements

Although there are some exchanges where classes are taught in English, teaching is usually done in the native language at our partner universities. 

In most cases, you will be expected to follow lectures, write essays and take exams in the language of instruction. 

If you are thinking about going on an exchange where your subject is not taught in English, you should have at least one of the following:

  • A Higher or AS certificate in that language
  • Other qualification demonstrating a minimum of level C1 according to the Common European Framework
  • Experience of formal study in that language

In the absence of at least one of the above, participants will be advised to take a relevant language course at Brunel University London through Brunel Language Centre. 

If you plan to study at one of our Erasmus+ partner institutions, they may provide an intensive language course immediately before the start of your exchange period. We strongly advise you to take these courses as in most cases, they are offered for free.

Erasmus+ Online Linguistic Support will be available for the language of study or work in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Dutch. Students may take online language courses between the two assessments of language level, if licences are available. If you have any questions, please contact the Institutional Exchange Coordinator.

Note:

1) Assessment of competence in the language of study or work before and after student mobility is mandatory for all participants; except for students whose native language is the language of study or work.

2) The results of the language assessment test carried out by participants before their departure will not stop them from taking part in the mobility activity, unless the partner university has specified the language level required in the inter-institutional agreement.