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Erasmus+ exchange

Erasmus+ is a European Union initiative that allows full-time university students to study abroad as part of their degree. There are 33 European countries that are currently part of the programme and Erasmus+ grants are available.

Why take part in an Erasmus+ exchange? You’ll be able to experience European education and culture beyond your home country, grow as a person and show future employers that you’re ready to take on new challenges.

Subject-specific programmes

Erasmus+ exchanges involve subject area agreements. This means that, for example, if you’re an Environmental Science student at the University of Stirling you could study at one of our European partner universities that offer the same subject. Each exchange has an Advisor of Studies, who will support you while you’re on exchange. As exchanges are subject-specific, not all of our degree programmes have current Erasmus+ exchange agreements.

Credit towards your degree

Your degree does not stop when you go on exchange. You’ll receive full academic credit for your studies abroad. Normally this means you can gain 30 ECTS credits (equivalent to 60 University of Stirling credits) per semester on an Erasmus+ exchange.

Erasmus+ grant funding

If you take part in the programme you’ll be awarded a monthly grant towards the additional costs of your studies. These grants vary according to the location and duration of study, and would be in addition to any existing student loans or scholarships you already receive.

The minimum exchange period is 3 months. If you’re taking part in Language Assistantships through the British Council, you won’t qualify for Erasmus+ funding.

Are you a UK student going on a compulsory language degree exchange? You may be entitled to apply for additional SAAS/LEA/NIEB travel grants. Speak to your Erasmus co-ordinator for advice. 

Students with special needs

Some exchange partners are able to provide good levels of support for students with special needs. For further information visit the European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education. You may be eligible for an Erasmus+ additional support needs grant to cover applicable costs. If you have any specific concerns, please contact your Erasmus co-ordinator, who will ensure support facilities are in place for you at the host institution.

Our exchange programme operates on the basis of equality of opportunity for all in accordance with the University of Stirling's Equality and Diversity Policy.

Erasmus+ Charter and Policy Statement

The following document is the University's policy on European education in respect of Erasmus+:

Any questions?

Get in touch with our Erasmus co-ordinators by email:

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