Erasmus is the EU programme for higher education students that lets you study or work abroad in one of 32 other countries in Europe, as part of your degree. Over 2 million students have taken part since 1987.
All students receive a flat-rate, non-refundable grant of between €225-€350 a month, that helps contribute towards the cost of living abroad. You do no to pay any additional fees to the university you visit and currently, if you go for a full academic year, you also won't have to pay tuition fees for the year. A tuition-fee free year!
Everyone can go, irrelevant of age, race, religion, background or degree course. You don't have to be doing a language course -and many universities run courses in English.
Most students go for three -12 months, but students on short-term courses, such as foundation courses, who can do a work placement only, can go for two months.
To apply to take part in Erasmus, you must be at a university or HE college. If already at a Higher Education Institution, your first step in applying to take part in Erasmus will be to contact your local Erasmus co-ordinator who will be able to answer all your questions. If you are still at school and have not yet chosen where you are going to study in the UK, it's very important that you do your research first to ensure you don't miss out on Erasmus once you get to your institution - every university offers Erasmus, but not with every course, so check first!
For more information on the programme please visit the main British Council Erasmus website www.britishcouncil/erasmus