What is Erasmus+?
All study programmes at the UvA participate in the European Erasmus+ programme. This entails that the study programme has made agreements about study exchange with partner universities in the European member states, and Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey and Macedonia. See your own faculty’s page for an overview of the partner universities and for the registration procedures.
The exchanges are financed by the European Commission. The Erasmus programme is intended to stimulate cooperation in Higher Education and has existed for 30 years. You can also make use of the Erasmus+ Programme to go on an exchange. For more general information about Erasmus+, please visit this page (in Dutch).
What is an Erasmus+ grant?
As Erasmus student, you may be eligible for an allowance for the extra costs for living and travel expenses during your stay abroad: the Erasmus+ grant. The general grant amount is determined by the Dutch National Agency, the Nuffic, and is linked to the country of destination.
Programme countries with higher living expenses:
Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom
Programme countries with medium living expenses:
Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey
Programme countries with low living expenses:
Bulgary, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia
For 2016-2017, the UvA has been able to pay out a grant to all students who were selected for an Erasmus+ grant for a maximum of 100 days during their stay abroad. This means that the maximum amount has been paid for 2016-2017:
- Group 1: 900 euros
- Group 2: 700 euros
- Group 3: 500 euros
We hope that we will also be able to achieve this for 2017-2018. However, the European Commission and the Nuffic will only announce how much Erasmus+ money the UvA can spend in the summer of 2017. This means that we will only know shortly before the 2017-2017 academic year begins if we can award a grant to all selected students, what the amount of the grant will be and how this can be related to the duration of the stay abroad. The grant amounts are, in any case, related to the country groups, as determined by the European Commission.
Am I eligible for an Erasmus+ grant?
The general conditions regarding eligibility for an Erasmus+ grant can be found here (in Dutch).
In addition, study programmes can set their own requirements and conditions. Students who are selected for an Erasmus+ grant by their study programmes will be automatically nominated for this by the central Erasmus Bureau of the UvA. You will only be eligible for the grant if you are selected for a place at a partner university by your faculty. Students who are selected for the Erasmus+ programme, but do not receive a grant, can still be placed abroad by the UvA; you are then a zero-grant Erasmus+ student.
The Erasmus+ programme is also open to academic internships. The same situation applies that you must be nominated by your faculty. Check with the international office of your faculty which registration procedure you need to follow for this.
Erasmus+, Extensive opportunities for students staying abroad
You can go abroad for a maximum of 1 year as part of the Erasmus+ programme in each phase of your study. This means that you can go abroad for a study and/or internship for a maximum of 12 months per study phase, both during your Bachelor’s study and Master’s study. An internship period of 2 to 12 months applies for an internship and a period of 3 to 12 months applies for study mobility. You may also go abroad numerous times in a row for study or an internship, provided that you do not exceed the 12-month limit per study phase. The same also applies if studying for a doctorate: in this case also you can go abroad for study and/or an internship for a maximum of 12 months. Please take into account, however, that you will probably only receive the Erasmus grant one time only.
New within Erasmus+: an internship grant after you graduate
The new Erasmus+ programme also gives you the opportunity to do a study or work-related internship abroad with an Erasmus+ grant up to 1 year after you graduate. This can be a fantastic springboard for an international job, because this will enable you to gain foreign work experience. You can also use this to expand your CV. You can also apply for this grant through the International Office of your faculty. It is important that you apply for this before graduating while in your final academic year. You can find more information via Internships & Research.