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The decision to study or work abroad is an important decision. Not only is it a process of self-discovery but the international element it will add to your degree and career will stay with you for the rest of your life. Study abroad is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity - it is also an investment. The Erasmus+Programme offers generous funding for you to study or work abroad. 

One of the significant advantages of the Erasmus+ programme is the financial assistance it gives you to study or work abroad. If you are selected for the programme on the Year Abroad option, you will be given a generous grant to help towards the additional costs of going on an exchange. It’s important to note that this is a grant towards your costs: it won’t cover them entirely.

 This grant is often called a ‘mobility grant’, we also refer to this as an ‘Erasmus+ grant’.

The mobility/Erasmus+ grant varies from year to year and it depends on where you are studying. Your Erasmus+ Coordinator will be able to tell you how much your grant will be before you start your placement but here is a guide to give you some idea of what you should expect to receive (please also note that a month in grant terms equals 30 days):

Erasmus+ grant monthly payments 

(Please note: the grant rates below are for the 2017/18 academic year)

Host country

Study placement


Group 1 countries (high cost of living)
Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland,
Italy, Lichtenstein, Norway, Sweden

EUR 330 per month

EUR 430 per month

Group 2 countries (medium cost of living)
Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic,
Germany, Greece, Iceland, Luxembourg, The
Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey

EUR 280 per month

EUR 380 per month

Group 3 Countries (low cost of living)
Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia


Formal agreements

Before you go on your placement, you will have to submit two important documents to secure your mobility grant funding:

1. Your grant agreement

Before you go on your placement, you will have to sign a grant agreement with QMUL, formally accepting the mobility grant and acknowledging the obligations you enter into when you accept the grant. This agreement will be issued by QMUL's Erasmus+ Institutional Coordinator. [Link to Contacts page]

2. Your Learning Agreement

You also need to submit your Learning Agreement (which is linked to your mobility grant agreement) before you begin your placement. 

If you don’t submit these documents before you start your placement, you won’t be eligible for funding. These are the funding rules of the European Commission.


How the mobility grant is calculated

The grant is calculated from the first day you have to attend your place of study or traineeship, including any induction days etc. The end date is the last date you need to be present at your placement. (This is your Erasmus+ period.)

Payment of the grant

The Erasmus+ grant will be paid in sterling and only into UK bank accounts. You have to be the account holder:  the grant can’t be paid into another person’s account.

The grant is paid in two installments:

  • you will receive the first payment, which is 80 per cent of your total grant, at the start of your Erasmus+ period.
  • you will receive the second installment (which will be the final 20 per cent of your total grant) after the end of your Erasmus+ period. 
  • if you are on a study placement, you will receive an additional EUR 100 per month
  • if you are on a traineeship, you will receive an additional EUR 20 per month.

If you are a student in receipt of certain types of student loans or eligible for a full grant or loan, a supplementary grant may be available to help you fund your Erasmus+ period.

This is available to eligible Home/EU students (provided they are means tested by Student Finance England), with household annual incomes of £25,000 or less.

You don’t have to apply for this grant, as we will let you know that you are eligible for it.



If you are an Erasmus+ study student or on Erasmus+ traineeship and you are spending the whole academic year abroad, you pay a reduced tuition fee to QMUL. For details of QMUL’s tuition fees please view these online here.

For example your QMUL tuition fees in 2017/18 would be:

Course type

Home/EU Student

International Student

Full year study placement


50% of the tuition fee

Full year traineeship


50% of the tuition fee

If you are only going abroad for one semester, you only have to pay full fees to QMUL.

Tuition fees at your host university

You will not have to pay any university tuition fees (or fees for registration, examination, laboratory or library access facilities, etc) if you are on an Erasmus+ study placement.

However, you may be charged small fees for costs such as insurance, student union membership or the use of materials (such as photocopying, laboratory supplies etc) on the same basis as local students.


Tuition and maintenance grants, and student loans

If you are receiving a student loan (e.g. Student Finance England) you should contact them directly to enquire about how studying abroad will affect the amount/s you receive from them. It is recommended you do this in advance of submitting your application so that you are fully informed. You should also ask if you are eligible for any additional funding whilst studying abroad e.g. Travel Grants. Student Finance England provides detailed information about 'Funding for study abroad'.

National grants and loans and the Erasmus+ programme

Your entitlement to any national grants or loans for your study at QMUL must be maintained during your Erasmus+ period abroad. You must not discontinue, interrupt, or reduce your entitlement while you are on your placement and receiving your Erasmus+ grant.


The cost of living varies considerably across Europe, not only from country to country but also from one city to another. In many countries, living costs are lower than in the UK, while some may be more expensive (eg Copenhagen, Denmark).

You will also need to pay for your accommodation, travel and general living costs, although your Erasmus+ grant will go some way to supplementing these expenses.

The QS website will give you a rough guide to the cost of living in Europe as a student. 

Your host university’s website might also have some useful information on projected living costs and budgets.

If you have any additional needs or will need any extra support on your study placement, you may be eligible for a disability grant to help you take part in the Erasmus+ programme. Please contact us on for further information.

The grant helps students with additional needs who wouldn’t be able to take part in Erasmus+ without extra financial support.

The allowances are offered if your additional needs mean that you will face additional costs that would exceed your Erasmus+ mobility grant and that you can’t pay for from another source.

The grant covers your approved actual costs and you will have to provide evidence of these costs: to claim the grant, you will need to submit a statement from your doctor (‘or other authority’) confirming:

  • your additional needs
  • their severity
  • their anticipated impact on your Erasmus+ placement
  • what additional requirements and additional costs will need to be met
  • a detailed estimate of these anticipated costs.

You must make your application before you start your Erasmus+ placement: you can’t apply for the grant retrospectively.

You must also maintain a full credit load for each term you are on exchange.

Planning ahead

We want all of our students to be able to enjoy the international opportunities we offer and get the most out of their Erasmus+ placements.

If you think you might need additional support – of whatever kind – please let us know when you are considering your application, so that we can help you with your options. You can contact our Erasmus Institutional Coordinator [Link to new Contacts page] to discuss your application and your eligibility for the disability grant.

It is also a good idea to discuss what additional support you might need on your Erasmus+ placement with our Disability and Dyslexia Service

If you think you will need any extra support on the Erasmus+ programme, we strongly recommend that you discuss your application with us as soon as possible and plan ahead: depending on your host university, any adjustments you might need on your placement may take some time to arrange.

The GoEuro European Study Abroad Scholarship will award ten scholarships of €2000 each to student planning to do a study abroad program in Europe.

More details can be found here or at




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