What is Erasmus+?

If you choose to study or work abroad in Europe, the Erasmus+ scheme provides a grant to support students for the duration of their placement. The Erasmus+ student mobility programme offers students the opportunity to study or work for a period of time in another EU country or 'partner' state, and for that study or work to be recognised by Swansea University as part of your degree.

  • Why take part in the Erasmus+ scheme?

Studying or working abroad is a valuable and rewarding experience. Adding a European dimension to your degree programme allows you to become immersed in a foreign culture, develop your knowledge of another language and become more independent. It can also be great fun – you will have a chance to explore a new country, understand a new culture and make new friends while broadening your education. Studying or working abroad can also improve your employment opportunities.

  • How long is an Erasmus+ placement?

The placement period needs to be a minimum of 3 months and can last for a maximum of 12 months. Generally students go abroad for a full academic year, usually the 3rd year of a 4 year degree scheme. However, it is also possible for students on some 3 year degree schemes to go abroad for part of the second or final year of their course.

  • How much is the Erasmus+ grant?

UK students who decide to spend up to a year of their course in Europe in 2015-16 through the Erasmus+ programme will be eligible for grants of up to 300 euro per month for study, or up to 400 euro per month for student traineeships, depending on the country they go to. This grant is a contribution to the extra costs of studying abroad, which is why it varies by country, and students still receive a maintenance grant or loan, there are no tuition fees in the host country, plus for students spending a full year of study or training abroad, there’s up to an 85% discount on UK tuition fees for that year away.

  • What can students spend the grant on?

The grant is extra money, on top of the maintenance grant or loan and for long term study or training of a year, 85% of your home university tuition fees are also covered. The grants are intended to make a contribution to the cost of living abroad. Students should not rely on it to cover every cost and should plan to have enough money to cover their first few months abroad themselves. 

  • Is the grant the same everywhere?

How much UK students can receive depends on where they go to, and if they want to do academic study or a student traineeship. All UK students are eligible for the same funding, regardless of what university they are studying at. UK students who want to study in countries where there is a high average cost of living, like Norway or Sweden, are eligible for 300 euro per month they are there, and in other countries, they can receive 250 euro per month. There is also an additional 100 euro per month for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.  If they want to do a traineeship, the amounts are greater - 400 euro or 350 euro a month. These rates are 100 euro more than the minimum rate specified by the European Commission (which runs the Erasmus+ programme across all countries involved).

  • What is an eligible Swansea student?

To qualify for the grant under the Erasmus scheme, students need to be enrolled at Swansea University.

  • Do I need to speak a European language to take part? 

As you would be living and working/studying in a foreign country, a basic knowledge of the language would be helpful, but there are a number of European destinations where teaching is delivered through the medium of English.

  • What are ECTS credits?

ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer System) are used throughout Europe to facilitate the mobility and transfer of students. Swansea University has adopted the main principles of the European Credit Transfer System and refers, where appropriate, to Swansea University and ECTS credits. When you complete your studies, you will be sent an academic transcript which will refer to both types of credit. Please note that 5 ECTS credits is equivalent to 10 Swansea University credits.

It is likely that students who wish to study abroad will be expected to produce evidence of the credits which they had pursued to date. To facilitate the process of admission to a European institution it would be useful for you to be able to refer to the ECTS credits attained at Swansea University. A degree/diploma supplement will also be issued to students to facilitate mobililty in Europe. ECTS Conversion Chart can be seen below. 

Swansea University Mark

ECTS Grade Equivalent


70 - 100%


Excellent, outstanding performance

60 - 69%


Very good, above average performance

50 - 59%


Good, generally sound work

43 - 49%



40 -42%


performance meets the minimum criteria



Fail, some more work required