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Erasmus+ for work

The Erasmus+ mobility scheme is designed to help you fund a placement of two months or longer in the European Economic Area (EEA) - see below for a full list of countries. The funding is available to help cover some of the costs of a work placement in Europe while you're studying.  

Everything you need to know

What countries does Erasmus+ funding apply to?

Erasmus+ funding covers the following countries:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lichtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Turkey.

How do you apply?

To apply for Erasmus+ both you and your host company will need to complete some documents before your placement starts. You cannot join Erasmus+ retrospectively if your placement has already started. If you have had your placement approved on MyCareerHub and have not received an email from the Erasmus SMP team issuing the relevant forms then please email them directly at Erasmus SMP.

Please allow at least four weeks before the start of your placement for the documents to be processed, as they will require information and approval from you, your employer and the Global Engagement Mobility Officer.

In order for you to be eligible for Erasmus+ funding the following criteria must be met:

  • You remain an enrolled BU student during your placement
  • You have been approved for your placement by your faculty and on MyCareerHub
  • You have not yet started your placement
  • You meet the eligibility criteria in terms of duration (minimum of two months) and destination country (must be an EU country)
  • You are not doing a placement in your country of birth.

When is the deadline?

Depending on the availability of funding, you have until 30 June of each academic year to register you interest in the Erasmus+ funding for work placements within the same academic year. Please note that you need to let the Global Engagement Mobility Officer know of a confirmed placement as early as possible in order to secure the funding.

Please make sure that:

  • Your work placements are logged on MyCareerHub if you wish to do them as part of a placement year. Any placement will require the approval of your faculty's Employability Coordinator. Then contact the Global Engagement Mobility Team directly for further advice.
  • You complete the application process prior to the start of your work placement - you will only  be eligible for financial support via any of BU's funding schemes if you apply before you start your placement.

Financial information if you’re working abroad

You can find further information about grant amounts and how the grant is structured in the Erasmus applicant’s guide (pdf 49kb).

You may also be eligible for additional financial support towards your travel expenses – visit GOV.UK for further information.

Finding a placement

It is your responsibility to organise your work placement, using the resources and support provided by your faculty Employability Co-ordinator. There are also resources on MyCareerHub, and the GoinGlobal tool in particular is helpful for students looking to work abroad.

GoinGlobal International Placements & Careers is your one-stop overseas careers resource featuring access to:

  • A range of country career guides providing professional advice on searching for work in specific countries
  • More than 16 million worldwide job and internship opportunities which are updated daily
  • A searchable Key Employer Directory containing more than 450,000 overseas employer profiles representing both 'local' and 'multinational' employers which can be searched by location, industry and/or company name.

Language preparation

Many students find placements abroad that take place in English. Should you wish to learn or improve your knowledge of main European languages such as French, Spanish, German, or Italian, you can benefit from the free self-learning programmes and Conversation clubs offered by Languages@BU.

Erasmus+ also offers free online courses covering a range of European languages. These are currently optional for native speakers of English studying in English during their semester abroad, as well as for speakers of English as a foreign language who have met BU's language entry requirements and academic performance standards.

Advice about working and living abroad

Please read thoroughly the key advice offered by Erasmus+ on travel, insurance, and other practical matters that you need to be aware of when preparing for your semester abroad.

Drop-in sessions

Talk to a member of the Global Engagement Mobility Team in our weekly drop-in sessions at The Global Mobility Hub, Poole House (next to the Student Shop): Monday and Wednesdays 1-5pm during term time. Outside term time the team can be contacted by email or by telephone on 01202 966733.