ERASMUS+: The 10 Most Popular Questions on Google

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Erasmus+ is one of the most successful work abroad programmes in the European Union and, since 1987, it’s been bringing people together. Additionally, the programme promotes cultural exchange and peace all over the world.

Whether you are just starting high school, enrolling in university or you are a staff member at a Higher Education Institution, you have the right to apply to participate in Erasmus+ Programme activities. However, looking for all the most asked questions’ answers in one place can be challenging! To help you, we’ve gathered and answered the most popular questions found online.


What does the word “mobility” mean?

The word mobility in terms of the Erasmus + programme relates to the actual exchange. It’s about “mobilising” higher education students to study for part of their degree abroad or to pursue a traineeship in a European or other associated country. It’s not just about students, mobility encourages teacher and staff to also work or study abroad and promotes transnational cooperation projects amongst universities across Europe.


What is a mobility programme?

Student Mobility Programmes (SMP) enhance the learning experience of students by exposing them to the cultural, economic, political, educational and ecological aspects of other countries in order to develop global mindsets for career advancement and success in any environment.


Does Erasmus+ still exist in the UK?

The Turing Scheme has launched to replace the Erasmus+ programme, because the UK no longer participates in Erasmus+ as they are no longer part of the EU. The new scheme provides funding for more than 41,000 students in study and work placements across the world during the 2021-22 academic year.


How do I apply for an Erasmus+ mobility grant?

To apply for Erasmus+ funding you must use the European online application form and submit it by 11:00am UK time on the morning of the deadline.


What is an Erasmus+ Zero Grant?

The Erasmus+ Zero Grant covers the extra costs incurred for spending time abroad. If all available funds have been allocated, remaining students can only take part in the Erasmus+ programme as 'Zero Grant' students, without receiving Erasmus+ funding.


What is Blended Mobility Erasmus+?

Blended Mobility / Erasmus+ Scholarships. It is possible to get an Erasmus+ scholarship when your study/internship abroad is a “Blended Mobility”. Blended Mobility means that part of your studies/internship is online (in your home country / or abroad) and part of it is at a physical (abroad, on location).


Do you have to pay back an Erasmus+ grant?

You do not have to pay back a travel grant. There are rules on eligibility and how much you'll get. There's a different process if you're a student from Scotland, student from Wales or student from Northern Ireland.


Is Erasmus+ only for EU citizens?

To be eligible for the Erasmus programme you must be in a higher education institution, and be in your second year of study. Students based in EU countries are eligible for all aspects of the programme, and some non-EU European countries are also eligible, such as Norway and Iceland


How much does Erasmus+ cost? 

Erasmus+ does not come free, and the costs vary from country to country, and according to the period of time you spend abroad. While you are not charged for tuition at your host university, you will need to budget for flights, accommodation, food and other general expenses.


Which projects does the Erasmus+ programme include?

In order to achieve its objectives, the Erasmus+ programme implements four different key actions. mobility of individuals is the first key action and is focused on mobility of learners and staff,  Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees and Erasmus+ Master Loans is the second key action. cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices, supports strategic partnerships, knowledge alliances, sector skills alliances, capacity-building, and IT support platforms such as eTwinning, the European Platform for Adult Learning (EPALE), European Youth Portal and, since 2018, the European Virtual Exchange. The last key action is support for policy reform, focuses on improving knowledge in the fields of education, training and youth, initiatives and support for policy innovation, and promotion.