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Erasmus+ programme (Europe)

St Mary’s offers students the opportunity to study at a number of universities within the EU through the Erasmus+ programme. Erasmus+ is the European Union's flagship exchange programme that has facilitated over 2 million student exchanges across Europe. 

St Mary's receives funding through the Erasmus+ programme to support students interested in studying or working in Europe. You can either study at one of our partner universities for a full semester or undertake a work experience (traineeship) for 2 to 12 months during the summer or within 12 months after you graduate. This funding is available until May 2023, which will cover the 2021/22 and 2022/23 academic years.

Semester Abroad with Erasmus+

Undergraduate students may spend a full semester studying at one of our partner universities in Europe. St Mary’s students go abroad during the second year of their undergraduate studies. Just as with the general Semester Abroad programme, the semester in Europe is integrated into the degree structure, which means you can still finish your degree in 3 years. The eligibility requirements are the same as for the general Semester Abroad programme.

Where can I study?

Erasmus+ exchanges are set up on a departmental or school basis. Please see our list of partner universities below to find out if your course is offered at one of our partner universities..

How much does it cost?

Semester abroad students continue to pay tuition to St Mary's while they're away but do not pay tuition to the host university. Students pay for accommodation to their host university. Other costs include travel, insurance, books, visas and meals.  The costs vary, depending on the destination, but you should generally budget for expenses of around £3,000 - £5,000 to study in Europe.

Is there financial support available?

Yes! Students who study at one of our approved European Erasmus+ partners for a full semester are eligible to receive an Erasmus grant of €370 to €420 per month to help with living costs. There are some additional forms you need to fill out to receive this funding.  

Erasmus+ traineeships

Traineeships are open to all students during the summer and for up to 12 months after graduating. Traineeships allow you undertake a 2 to 12-month paid or unpaid internship at an organisation of your choice in a participating European country, as long it is related to your degree. Students are responsible for sourcing their own traineeships, though resources are available from the Career Centre and Study Abroad team to help you with your search.

Students undertaking eligible traineeships receive an Erasmus grant from €470 to €520 per month to support their living costs. Students from disadvantaged backgrounds may be eligible for additional funding.  

How do I apply?

Students interested in applying for either a Semester Abroad or Traineeship through Erasmus+ should start by filling out the Study Abroad application. In order to receive the Erasmus grant, you’ll be required to fill in some additional paperwork.

Funding for traineeships is granted on a rolling basis, but you should apply early to guarantee your grant. You do not need to have a traineeship arranged at the time of application, but you must confirm your placement with the Study Abroad team at least 6 weeks before your start date in order to complete the necessary paperwork to secure your grant.

When should I apply?

The deadline to participate in all study abroad programmes is 1 March. We may accept later applications for Semester 2 Study Abroad and Erasmus+ Traineeships if there is still availability (see above).

The Erasmus+ Student Charter highlights your rights and obligations and tells you what you can expect from your sending and receiving organisations at each step of your Erasmus+ experience.

Can I participate in more than one Erasmus+ experience?

Students may participate in more than one Erasmus mobility, though they may only receive Erasmus+ funding for up to 12 months during their undergraduate or postgraduate course. If there is limited funding, students who have not previously participated in the Erasmus+ programme will be prioritised. 

Do I need to speak another language to participate in Erasmus+?

No, you do not need to have language skills to apply for Erasmus. Occasionally, specific language skills will be required to study, but in most cases, you will be taking classes taught in English. We recommend you learn at least some of the local language, and most of our partner universities provide language classes before and/or during the semester. Many organisations offer traineeships in English but knowledge of another language may benefit you in finding a placement.

Partner institutions
CountryInstitutionProgramme(s)
Czech Republic Charles University, Prague Theology and Religious Studies
France EMD - École de Management, Marseilles Management, Business Studies
France ICP - Institut Catholique de Paris Communications, English Literature, History, Theology, Religious Studies
France Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès History
Germany Justus-Liebig Universität Giessen English Literature, Creative and Professional Writing, Psychology
Germany Universität Konstanz English Literature, Creative and Professional Writing
Ireland Dublin City University Education and Social Science, Arts and Humanities courses
Portugal Universidade de Coimbra Sport Science and related courses, Physical Education, Tourism
Spain UIC Barcelona Business Studies
Spain Universidad de Burgos Primary Education (staff exchanges, not for studies)
Spain Universidad de Cantabria, Santander Tourism, Business Studies
Spain Universidad de Deusto, Bilbao Applied Physics, Psychology
Spain Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona Nutrition, Primary Education, Education and Social Science (staff exchanges, not for studies)
Spain Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Madrid Business Law, Sports Rehabilitation Traineeship
Spain CEU - Universidad San Pablo, Madrid Film and Screen Media, Communications, History
Sweden Malmo University Sport Science

Contacts and further information

If you need help or advice regarding the Erasmus+ Exchange process, please contact studyabroad@stmarys.ac.uk.