What is Erasmus+?
All UvA degree programmes participate in the European Erasmus+ Programme. This means that the individual degree programmes have concluded student exchange agreements with partner universities in the European member states, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey and Macedonia. Check your faculty’s website for an overview of the partner universities and for more information about the registration procedures.
These exchanges are funded by the European Commission. The Erasmus programme, which was set up 25 years ago, aims to stimulate cooperation in higher education.
Students can use the Erasmus+ programme to spend some time abroad at a foreign (partner) university. More general information about Erasmus+ can be found on www.wilweg.nl (in Dutch).
What is an Erasmus+ grant?
Erasmus+ Grant for Traineeships
As an Erasmus student, you can apply for an Erasmus+ grant which you can use to help cover additional living and travel costs during your stay abroad. The grant amount is determined annually by Nuffic, the Dutch organisation for internationalisation in education, and is linked to the destination country.
Over the past few years, more and more UvA students have chosen to study abroad using the Erasmus programme, yet the European Commission’s Erasmus+ budget has remained the same. In order to be able to distribute the budget fairly among Erasmus+ students who spend time abroad to complete a work placement or carry out research, the decision was made to grant a scholarship for up to 100 or 120 days if a work placement or research period is shorter than seven months. The maximum available amounts per destination are shown in the table below.
For work placements or research periods shorter than 100 days, a grant is awarded based on the actual duration of the stay abroad.
Maximum available amount
Denmark, Ireland, France, Italy, Austria, Finland, Sweden, United Kingdom, Liechtenstein, Norway
Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Spain, Croatia, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Portugal, Slovenia, Iceland, Turkey
Bulgaria, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Macedonia
For 2016-2017, the UvA was able to award a grant for a maximum of 100 days abroad to all students who were selected for an Erasmus+ grant.
We hope to be able to do this for the 2017-2018 academic year as well. However, the European Commission and Nuffic will only be announcing the amount of money that the UvA can allocate for Erasmus+ grants this summer. This means that it will only be just before the start of the 2017-2018 academic year when we will know whether we can award a grant to all selected students, how much the grants will be, and how they will be linked to the duration of the stay abroad.
In any event, the grant amounts will be related to the country groups, as determined by the European Commission.
Am I eligible for an Erasmus+ grant?
- You remain enrolled at the UvA.
- Your activities abroad must be part of your studies and you must receive credits.
- You must spend at least two months abroad for your work placement/research.
- It is a full-time work placement/research project (36-40 hours per week).
- The institute at which you are going to do your research is willing to sign and complete an Erasmus Learning Agreement for Traineeships.
You must also take the following into account:
- You are entitled to receive an Erasmus grant for a maximum of 12 months to study/do a (research) work placement during your Bachelor’s degree, and 12 months to study/do a (research) work placement during your Master’s degree.
- If the period of your stay abroad is longer than one academic year, please contact the email address at the bottom of this page.
Degree programmes may also stipulate their own requirements and conditions. To be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant, you must be nominated by your faculty. Ask your faculty's international office which registration procedures you need to follow for this.
Erasmus+, extensive opportunities for students to spend time abroad
You can spend up to one year abroad in each phase of study as part of the Erasmus+ Programme. This means that you can spend up to 12 months abroad during both your Bachelor's degree and your Master's degree for a research project/work placement (or exchange). A work placement must last between two and 12 months.
You may also go abroad to study or complete a work placement multiple times consecutively, provided that you do not exceed the 12-month limit for each phase of study. The same applies to PhD students: you may also spend up to 12 months abroad to study at another university and/or do a work placement. However, keep in mind that you will probably only receive an Erasmus grant once.