What is the Erasmus Programme?Students who join the Erasmus programme study for 3 months in another European country. The programme guarantees that the period spent abroad is recognised by their university and when they return they gain academic credits for transfer towards their degree in their home institution. Erasmus is part of the European Community education programme and the mobility scheme receives EU funding. It operates with support from the Commission of the European Communities and is based on partnerships between higher education institutions in different countries mainly within the EU.
The Erasmus programme was established in 1987 and now forms a substantial part of the European Union Lifelong Learning Programme 2007-2013. It was named after Erasmus Rotterdam who was a philosopher, a strong opponent of dogmatism, who lived and worked in numerous places all over Europe with the aim of expanding his knowledge and gaining new insights.
How can Plymouth Institute of Education students participate?Plymouth Institute of Education students can receive a grant towards the expenses such as travel costs, foreign language preparation where necessary and a higher cost of living in the host country. To reduce expenses and increase mobility, students may also use the European Commission-supported accommodation network. This free website aims at helping students who can rent, sublet, offer and swap accommodation - nationally and internationally. Another huge benefit of this is that students can share their own knowledge and exchange tips and hints with each other before and after going abroad.
The following countries take part in the Erasmus programme: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and United Kingdom.