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Europe (Erasmus +)

The Erasmus+ programme offers students an opportunity to undertake a period of study and/or work abroad (minimum 2 months’ work, 3 months’ study, maximum 12 months) in another EU, EEA or ‘partner’ state and for that study/work placement to be recognised as an integral part of their programme of study at the home University.

The Erasmus+ programme provides grants to contribute to the extra costs involved.

Language need not be a barrier to studying abroad; many of our partners teach courses and in some cases whole programmes in English. Whilst abroad, there would usually be an opportunity to learn about the culture and get an introduction to the host language as a part of the experience. Please check out our partner university websites for the most up-to-date information.

Erasmus and Brexit
Following the UK's departure from the European Union on the 31st December 2020 it was announced that the UK will no longer pay to be a member of the new Erasmus programme which is due to commence in the academic year 2022/23.  However, due to the low numbers of outbound exchange students during the academic year 2020/21 because of the COVID pandemic, Northumbria's Erasmus+ funding has been extended by 12 months, so all students undertaking EU mobility during the academic year 2021/22 will receive funding as normal.

There will be a new UK programme introduced to provide funding for UK-based students to study or work overseas from September 2021.  Further news on the Turing Scheme will be provided as soon as we have more information.

How to Apply for an EU Study Mobility

Please see the 'Current Northumbria Students' section of the main Study Abroad website

Erasmus+ Grants

Erasmus grants are administered, on behalf of the European Commission, by the British Council (BC) as the National Agency. The grants are intended as a contribution towards the additional costs of mobility and the amounts allocated are specified by the BC in the Mobility Agreement issued to Northumbria.

PLEASE NOTE: The date of payment of the Erasmus+ grants cannot be guaranteed, so students should not rely on Erasmus+ grants for paying for flights and other transport costs, accommodation, utilities, insurance, living expenses or any other related costs, and should ensure that they have sufficient personal funds to last the full duration of the stay.

For Northumbria students going abroad to study or work during 2021/22 there are 2 bands of grant funding, based on cost of living in each country band. There are also different rates for work and study.


Monthly rate (study)

Monthly rate (work)

Group 1
Austria, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Sweden





Group 2

Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia










For 2021/22, for students undertaking either EU study or work mobility, a supplementary grant for disadvantage is paid to undergraduate and postgraduate students defined as disadvantaged by the relevant authorities and who are eligible for full grants and loans. For example, in England, this includes students from households with annual incomes of £25,000 or less.  You can apply for the extra funding by indicating on the Erasmus+ application form that you believe you are eligible - your eligibility will be checked with Student Finance so please ensure your details are up to date with them.  The additional rates for the Widening Participation grant are €120 per month for study and €20 per month for work placement.

Erasmus Rules

To be eligible, students must be

  • formally registered at a HEI which holds an Erasmus University Charter, whatever the field of study, in order to follow higher education studies leading to a recognised degree or other recognised tertiary level qualification, up to and including the level of doctorate, or
  • enrolled in short term higher vocational education which, in the UK, includes Foundation Degree courses, and HND courses.
  • For study abroad, students must be in at least second year of HE studies. For work placement, students can be in their first year. Part-time students are eligible to participate, provided they study/work full-time while abroad. In all cases, the period abroad must be a recognised part of the degree programme.

The Erasmus period abroad shall be for a minimum of 3 months (study) or 2 months (work) and a maximum of 12 months. If you return in less than the required minimum duration, in most circumstances you will have to repay the full Erasmus+ grant.

Students undertaking a full sandwich year’s study and/or work in the EU will usually pay a reduced tuition fee to Northumbria University (currently £1,385).

Erasmus Charter for Higher Education 2014-2020

The University of Northumbria at Newcastle (NU) has been awarded the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE) for the Erasmus+ programme 2014-2020 - now extended to the end of the academic year 2021/22.

The Charter sets out the University's agreed undertaking in relation to the Erasmus+ programme.

Erasmus Policy Statement

The University of Northumbria at Newcastle (NU) has been awarded the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education for the Erasmus+ programme 2014-2020. The Erasmus Policy Statement sets out our institutional strategy in relation to the Charter.

Erasmus+ Staff Teaching/Training Mobility

Erasmus+ offers professional development opportunities for academic and professional services staff to improve the skills required for their current job by participating in training at a partner institution in Europe. The two opportunities available for staff are:

  • Staff teaching mobility: for academic members of staff
  • Staff training mobility: for all members of staff

As well as benefiting the individual’s professional development, Erasmus+ Staff Mobility is intended to contribute to the wider internationalisation and modernisation strategies of the home university.

1.       Staff teaching programme

This is an opportunity for academic staff to teach at a partner institution in one of the 30 participating countries in Europe. These short visits allow staff to:

  • share best practice,
  • find out first-hand the workings of another European education system and
  • contribute to teaching a course with European colleagues.

The main purpose of the visit should be for teaching and not research.

Teaching mobility MUST take place with an existing partner University.


-          Academic staff should seek approval from their line manager in the first instance. Final sign-off from the Head of Department will be needed for application submission.

-          The minimum number of hours to be taught per week (or part week) is 8.

-          Visits must be a minimum of 2 days and a maximum of 2 weeks.

-          Academic members of staff must submit a proposed teaching plan, which should include: number of lectures or seminars, hours to be taught, level of tuition (UG, PG, etc.), module title, lesson plan, etc.

-          Staff members are expected to include additional activities to be carried out during the mobility, such as: educational visits, visits to potential partners in the area, meetings with existing partners or academic departments, meetings with Northumbria students, development of new mobility opportunities for students (study or work placements), etc.  Staff are expected to contact the International Development Office before application to see if there are Northumbria students currently studying at University at which they plan to teach.

2.       Staff training programme

All staff, administrative, technical, academic staff etc are able to participate in training mobility opportunities at partner universities in Europe.

Training may take the form of:

  • A short secondment period
  • Job-shadowing
  • Attendance at workshops or courses
  • Attendance at a staff training week - these are highly recommended as they provide a structured schedule and provide the added benefit of being attended by international colleagues from around the world

The training programme could be built around:

  • The transfer of knowledge and good practice
  • Learning from shared experience

  • Acquiring new practical skills

  • The discovery of new ideas for teaching and learning

Please note that attendance at conferences cannot be undertaken as part of the Erasmus+ Staff Training programme.

 Visits must be a minimum of 2 days and a maximum of 1 week.

Our partners

For a full list of partners please go to our staff mobility map here:

The most useful resource to identify available planned training weeks is on the iMotion Erasmus Staff Training website:


The Erasmus+ programme and the European Commission set fixed rates for travel and subsistence. Any costs above these must be covered by the Faculty or Service budget.

Flights - the travel grant is paid by distance, and for most of Europe is set at €275.  This grant cannot be exceeded, and if the cost of the flights does not fall within the allocated amount, the mobility cannot take place.

Hotel & subsistence amount per day:

Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom €180

Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain €160

Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Hungary, Lithuania, , Macedonia, Poland, Romania, , Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey €140

Subsistence is paid for the number of days' teaching plus one travel day.

Please remember that these are the maximum grants available and anything over these amounts must be covered by Faculty funding, so you must ensure you have Faculty Head of International Development approval for any additional costs before applying.

Application Process and Deadlines

Please note that all staff travel is subject to current COVID-19 regulations, and it is anticipated that all mobility should take place during semester 2 2022.

The current application round is now open, and will close at midday on Friday 22nd October 2021.  The application forms can be found here:

Staff teaching application

Staff training application

Please keep in mind that all applications must be discussed and approved by the line manager and Head of Department/Service before submission, and that provisional dates must be arranged with the partner/provider before application.

Successful applicants will be notified by Friday 12th November.  Should there be funding remaining after the first call, a second call will go out in late November.

 Brexit travel advice for staff

Please see the University travel portal for information on travel post-Brexit

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