Study or Work?
The Erasmus programme offers students the opportunity to study or work in a European country, provided that the placement is recognised as part of the students degree programme by the home institution.
If you would like to study in a European University, the Erasmus Coordinator in your academic school will be able to tell you which Universities across Europe they currently link with through the Erasmus Programme. You will then need to discuss with your Erasmus Coordinator which University would be best for you, and how this will fit into your degree programme.
If you would like to work in a European country, it will be your responsibility to find a suitable host organisation, with the approval of your academic school. You will then need to discuss with your Erasmus Coordinator how your placement will fit into your degree programme. Placements may be paid or unpaid, depending on what is agreed with your employer. It is advisable to visit the careers service as a starting point.
The definition of an eligible enterprise is ‘all undertakings engaged in economic activity in the public or private sectors whatever their size, legal status or the economic sector in which they operate, including the social economy.’
The following types of organisations are NOT eligible as host organisations:
- European institutions (such as the European Commission)
- Organisations managing EU programmes (such as National Agencies in order to avoid possible conflict of interest and/or dual trading)
- National diplomatic representation (embassy/consulate) of the student in the host country
British Council Language Assistantships:
Some students will have the option of spending their year abroad as a British Council English Language Assistant via a scheme managed by the British Council.
As an English Language Assistant, students spend the full academic year teaching English (between 12 and 18 hours a week, usually in oral and practical classes) in a school in their host country. Students will be paid for their work as an English Language Assistant and will be eligible to receive an Erasmus grant. Students should speak to the Erasmus Coordinator within their academic school in the first instance and applications are made directly to the British Council.
For more information please contact the British Council directly.
Comenius is part of the Lifelong Learning Programme and provides student considering a career in teaching to work in schools and colleges across Europe as a Comenius Assistant. Placements are flexible from 13-45 weeks and a grant is provided by the British Council to offset the additional costs of living and working abroad. Students should speak to the Erasmus Coordinator within their academic school in the first instance and applications are made directly to the British Council. For more information please contact the British Council directly.