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Erasmus+ exchange programme

Erasmus+ is the European Union programme for 2014-20 and aims to boost skills and employability. It is the EU's flagship educational programme for students, lecturers and staff at higher education institutions. It was introduced with the aim of increasing student mobility within Europe and has become the largest organised mobility programme in the world. It has developed beyond an educational programme - it has acquired the status of a social and cultural phenomenon and gives many European university students their first chance to live and thrive abroad..

Over three million higher education students in Europe have taken part in the programme since its introduction in 1987 and agree it was the best decision they ever made.

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The Erasmus+ exchange programme enables QMUL students to spend a semester or a year at one of our Erasmus+ partner institutions (Erasmus+ study placements). First year students enrolled on a three-year programme are invited to apply to spend the second year (or first semester of the second year) of their QMUL undergraduate degree abroad. Some of QMUL’s four-year degree programmes offer students to spend their third year abroad to come back to QMUL for the fourth year (eg. Law, SLLF). The academic work students complete abroad will be credited towards their QMUL degree. Students on a degree programme including a work placement / year in industry (Erasmus+ traineeships), can also benefit from the programme.

Why go?

Being an Erasmus+ student is an experience that will stay with you for life. As well as improving your language skills and your CV, your Erasmus+ experience will really help you to stand out in the job market, not to mention give you a great network of friends and some fantastic travel opportunities. All eligible Erasmus+ students also receive a grant to help towards the costs of moving to another country and living abroad.

  • Stand out in the job market – a great addition to your CV
  • Return more motivated, independent and confident
  • Get a grant and a tuition fee discount (if you go for the full academic year only)
  • Plus – travel within Europe is not as expensive as flying somewhere overseas
  • It counts towards your degree – it’s not a gap year!
  • Learn a range of life skills not taught in the lecture theatre
  • Take the opportunity to experience different learning practices and teaching methods
  • Improve your language skills
  • Meet new people and gain an international network of friends
  • Discover a different culture and gain an international perspective

The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) provides a Student Guidebook on Erasmus. ESN is a non-profit international student organisation, providing opportunities for cultural understanding and self-development under the principle of ‘Students Helping Students’.

More information on Erasmus+ is available on the British Council website.


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