Erasmus+ funding

Funding information for students looking to spend time abroad within the EU.

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Erasmus+ grants

Erasmus+ disability supplement

Erasmus+ work placement grants

Travel grant


The information on this webpage is only applicable to students on a period abroad in the academic year 2021/22.  

Erasmus+ grants

The Erasmus+ grant is not means-tested and most students taking part in an Erasmus+ exchange or work placement are eligible to receive it, regardless of study level and nationality.

Grant purpose

The Erasmus+ grant is only intended to assist you with additional costs incurred through living abroad. It is not enough to cover all your expenses and should not be relied on for essential living costs such as food and rent.

If you normally apply for a maintenance loan to fund your studies, we strongly recommend that you do so for your period abroad.

The paperwork for the Erasmus+ grant for the current academic year can be found on the Global Opportunities & Exchanges - Europe Blackboard organisation. You can request access to this organisation by emailing globalopps@sheffield.ac.uk.

Note on Brexit: Following the announcement that the UK will withdraw from the Erasmus programme, the government has launched the Turing Scheme: a new programme to replace the UK’s participation in Erasmus+.  Further information will be made available as soon as possible.

To be eligible for the Erasmus grant:

  • The exchange period must take place within one of the Erasmus+ programme countries
  • The exchange period must count towards your degree.
  • The exchange period must last a minimum of 2 (work) or 3 (study) consecutive months and a maximum of 12 consecutive months.
  • The minimum duration for study cannot fall below 3 whole months, unless the host university term is shorter than this.
  • The exchange must be full-time, even if you are normally a part-time student at the University of Sheffield.
  • You can only receive an Erasmus+ grant for a maximum of 12 months in each study level (i.e. undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral studies).

Supplementary funding for low-income students

On top of the main Erasmus+ grant, students with a household income of less than or equal to £25,000 can claim an additional monthly supplement.

If your family income is assessed by Student Finance UK for student loan purposes:

We can automatically identify you as being eligible for this supplement. If so, we will contact you in late September when the most recent financial data has been received by the University. If you believe you are eligible but have not heard from us by mid November, then contact us as soon as possible.

Email: globalopps@sheffield.ac.uk

If you are not assessed by Student Finance UK and believe your family income is equivalent to £25,000 or below:

You can contact the Financial Support Team, which will make assessments in late September with all other student information, on a case-by-case basis.

In order to assess your case they will require the below evidence. If you are not able to provide the required evidence then unfortunately, you will not be eligible to receive the grant supplement.

1. Student grant letter from your government that confirms you are from a low-income background

OR

2. A tax document from the previous year that confirms household income information

The document needs to be:

  • on headed note paper
  • have an official stamp
  • translated into English

Email: financialhelp@sheffield.ac.uk


Erasmus+ disability supplement

Extra funding is available for students with seen or unseen disabilities or academic support needs. This is in addition to the main Erasmus+ grant.

Applications for this supplement are considered on a case by case basis by the British Council, with the amount of funding available determined by.

Global Opportunities & Exchanges cannot guarantee that you will receive the funding, but will support your application if you think you are eligible.

How to apply

Applications must be made as early as possible before the exchange/placement begins. Contact Global Opportunities & Exchanges for a copy of the latest form.


Erasmus+ work placements

The criteria for Erasmus+ work placement funding is:

  • The work placement must take place within one of the Erasmus+ programme countries
  • The work placement must count towards your degree with the exception of recent graduates.
  • The work placement must last a minimum of 2 (work) or 3 (study) consecutive months and a maximum of 12 consecutive months. The minimum duration cannot fall below 2 whole months, even if it falls short by a matter of 1 or 2 days. 
  • The work placement must be full-time, even if you are normally a part-time student at the University of Sheffield.
  • You can only receive an Erasmus+ grant for a maximum of 12 months in each study level (i.e. undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral studies).

Things to note:

  • The work placement can be paid or unpaid.
  • British Council Assistantships (within the programme countries) can normally be classed as Erasmus+ work placements.
  • A university can act as a placement provider

Travel grant

You may be able to claim a retrospective travel grant from Student Finance England following your period abroad. Read more about the travel grant.