Erasmus+ Grant

The Erasmus+ programme enables you to undertake either a study or traineeship placement at a European university or organisation. To be eligible for this grant, traineeships placements must be at least 60 days and study placements 90 days long. Eligible students receive an Erasmus+ grant provided by the European Commission - this is paid through Keele. The grant contributes towards the costs of studying abroad.

Any student undertaking an eligible Erasmus+ placement endorsed by their Keele School is eligible for an Erasmus+ Grant provided the placement meets the criteria set by the European Commission. The table below provides basic grant eligibility information:

 

Study Placements

Traineeships (work placements)

Duration

Minimum 90 days - maximum 360 days per ‘cycle’ of study (e.g. UG, PG)

 

 

Minimum 60 days - maximum 360 days per ‘cycle’ of study (e.g. UG, PG)

The Erasmus year runs from July to October the following year. All placements should be completed by the date of the final report to be submitted to the British Council at the end of September each year.

 

Number of placements per year

No maximum, provided minimum placement durations are met and all placements total no longer than 360 days.

Please be aware that due to funding limitations it may not be possible to receive funding for all placements.

 

No maximum, provided minimum placement durations are met and all placements total no longer than 360 days.

Please be aware that due to funding limitations it may not be possible to receive funding for all placements.

 

Multiple Placements

Students may now receive 360 days maximum Erasmus+ funding per each cycle of study. E.g. During UG study, then PGT/R.

This can be a combination of study/traineeships but the maximum number of placement months that can be funded per academic cycle (Bachelor/Master/PhD) is 360 days.

Students can undertake any combination of placements, provided the minimum duration for each placement is met and the maximum 12 months overall is not exceeded. Students would usually only be funded for 2 placements per year.

 

Students may now receive 360 days maximum Erasmus+ funding per each cycle of study. E.g. During UG study, then PGT/R.

This can be a combination of study/traineeships but the maximum number of placement months that can be funded per academic cycle (Bachelor/Master/PhD) is 360 days.

Students can undertake any combination of placements provided the minimum duration for each placement is met and the maximum 360 days overall is not exceeded.

 

Eligible students

All students are eligible to participate if they are registered for degree studies at Keele University and have permission from their department to study/work apart as part of their degree programme.

All students are eligible to participate if they are registered for degree studies at Keele University and have permission from their department to study/work apart as part of their degree programme.

Traineeships may be undertaken outside of the degree programme with prior permission from departments/international office.

 

Possible Placement providers

Erasmus partner university with valid European Charter of Higher Education (ECHE) and an existing Erasmus+ agreement in place.

The formal definition of an eligible enterprise is "all undertakings engaged in economic activity in the public or private sector whatever their size, legal status or the economic sector in which they operate, including the social economy".

The following types of organisations are not eligible as host organisations:

  • European institutions (such as the European Commission) and agencies: http://europa.eu/agencies
  • organisations managing EU programmes (such as National Agencies)
  • national diplomatic representation (embassy/consulate) of the student in the host country.
  • representations or public institutions of the home country of the student e.g. cultural institutes, schools etc.

 

Recognition of Mobility

Where study mobility is undertaken as a formal part of the Keele degree
programme and Erasmus+ funding is provided, recognition will be 
provided on the formal Keele transcript in the form of a degree title including 'International Year'.

Where traineeship mobility is undertaken as a formal part of the Keele degree programme and Erasmus+ funding is provided, recognition will be provided on the formal Keele transcript in the form of a degree title including 'International Year'.

 

First year students

No

 Yes

Other

All placements must be undertaken full time.

 

Grant Rates

The Erasmus+ Grant rates are set by the European Commission and change each year. They are based on the destination country and the type of placement undertaken.

The 2019/20 grant rates are as follows:

Country

Study

Monthly Rate

Traineeship (work placement)

Monthly Rate

Group 1 countries (high cost of living)

Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Sweden, Liechtenstein, Norway

€420

€520 

Group 2 countries (medium cost of living)

Austria, Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Greece, Spain, Cyprus, Netherlands, Malta, Portugal

€370

€470

Group 3 countries (low cost of living)

Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia,former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia, Turkey

€370

€470

Top up for WP students or traineeships 

€120

N/A (included in the grant rate for all)

Disability and Special Needs funding

Disability and Special Needs funding is available to support students who require additional financial support that would otherwise prevent them from undertaking an Erasmus+ mobility. Each application is assessed based on the student’s requirements and certain other criteria by the British Council; funding cannot be guaranteed. The allowances are offered when additional support needs would lead to additional costs to go abroad which would exceed the normal grant allocation amounts that cannot be covered from other sources. The grant covers approved costs.

There is a separate application process provided by the British Council for students with disabilities. Students can access additional funding to cover any costs associated with their disability.

Any student undertaking an eligible placement will be automatically eligible for the Erasmus+ Grant, there is no formal application process. The Global Opportunities Team will ask you to confirm details of your placement in order to produce your paperwork. However, in order to receive the funding, you must complete paperwork within a set timeframe. This includes:

Before Mobility

  • Grant Agreement outlining the number of months and days of the placement and total funding allocated (produced by the Global Opportunities Team and signed by the student)
  • Learning Agreement confirming the programme of study in three stages, Before mobility, During mobility and After mobility. This includes a template to change modules during the mobility placement
  • Online Linguistic Support (OLS) assessment. This is done before and after the mobility and is sent from an EU run platform based on the language to be used during the mobility

During Mobility

  • Arrival Certificate
  • Learning Agreement (changes only)

After Mobility

  • Departure Certificate
  • Transcript/Recognition Document or Traineeship Certificate
  • Final Report (sent by the British Council directly to the student).

These documents are non-negotiable and must be completed before any payments can be made. If paperwork is not submitted, you may be required to pay all or some of the funding back to Keele University.