- Erasmus overview
- Erasmus opportunities
- Where to start
- How to apply
- While you are away
- University partners list
- Frequently asked questions
Erasmus+ is an educational programme for Higher Education students, staff and institutions and is funded by the European Commission.
The Erasmus+ student mobility programme offers you an opportunity to undertake a substantial period of study of one or two semesters in another European country, and for that study to be recognised by the home institution as part of your degree.
It was introduced in 1987 with the aim of increasing student mobility within the European Community and now it also includes mobility with the European Economic Area and Turkey. The programme sets out to develop a knowledgeable Europe and thus cater for the major challenges of the new century: to promote lifelong learning, widen access to education and acquire qualifications and recognised skills and to be informed by best practice in Europe.
Since Erasmus started in 1987, over two million students throughout Europe have participated in the programme. Read through the section relevant to you and learn more about the opportunities offered by Erasmus+.
The Erasmus+ programme at London Metropolitan University is run by the International Programmes Office:
International Programmes Office
166-220 Holloway Road
Erasmus Policy Statement
London Metropolitan University’s international strategy
The University's international strategy is based around three main areas of work: the recruitment of and support for international students from a diverse range of countries to study on our courses at London Metropolitan University; the development of international partnerships that enable students to study for part of or all of their London Met degree outside of the UK; and the development and support of student and staff mobility to facilitate academic partnerships within Europe and without.
Our approach to international partnerships of all sorts is to develop a relatively small number of strong partnerships which bring about institutional development for all parties, enabling and supporting international student and staff mobility through the development of high-quality international education programmes. Some of these programmes facilitate optional student or staff mobility between institutions, whilst others are more structured and enable students to study for their UK degree either partially or wholly outside of the UK.
In choosing new academic partners with whom to work, we look for institutional fit in terms of mission and outlook and a relatively similar academic portfolio. When selecting new partners, we are also mindful of the characteristics of different educational systems, as well as any specific stipulations by relevant Government and professional bodies on the recognition and support for international education.
We believe in strong partnerships; academic partnerships which foster links and developments at many levels, and enable mutual institutional development and learning through shared best practice and a shared commitment to international education. Thus, we are interested in academic partnerships which enable a number of complementary developments between the participating institutions, for both mutual benefit and to the benefit of the students and staff at each participating institution.
Over the past ten years, we have developed a number of dual degree programmes with institutions in China, Russia, France, Belgium, Netherlands and the USA. In the main, these have been at postgraduate level and have been the development of specifically designed dual degree programmes.
We wish to encourage greater numbers of our students to undertake traditional semester or year-long placements within Europe, but also recognise that many UK students look beyond Europe and show wider interest in shorter-term opportunities for internationalisation such as field trips and summer schools.
Over this period, we, like many UK institutions, have seen a relative decline in the number of students partaking in "voluntary" international student programmes; partly because of the decline in popularity of subjects such as modern languages, which have historically lent themselves towards European student mobility, but also as many UK students look beyond Europe and show wider interest in shorter-term opportunities for internationalisation such as field trips and summer schools.
For staff mobility, we encourage and support a wide range of opportunities for our staff. It is important that academic staff have direct, relevant and recent exposure to professional and academic issues from outside the UK, and that our staff and students are exposed, through partnership, to research and academic ideas from partner institutions around the world. As a University that operates single degree (franchise, validation) programmes around the world, these also provide our staff with numerous opportunities for international staff mobility. We run single degree programmes in a number of countries including Greece, Russia, Trinidad and Tobago, Germany and Nepal. Our regional priorities for the development of this area of work include Singapore, China, Sri Lanka and the Middle East.
Strategy for the organisation and implementation of international cooperation projects
At London Metropolitan University, the International Office acts as a central coordinating and supporting office, providing intelligence to academic staff on international funding opportunities, new developments in student and staff mobility and shares best practice between schools. Generally, schools bid for particular project funding and act as the key liaison with academic partners. This enables a congruence between academic colleagues across countries in specific disciplines - something that is an important foundation stone within any academic partnership.
Where funding is involved, or where student fee payment is involved, the University sets up academic partnership projects as formal projects, so that monies and activities involved in such projects can be clearly monitored and accounted for and managed by the lead school involved in the partnership.
There is an informal network of staff who have significant international experience so that good practice can be shared and promulgated institutionally, and each school nominates one senior member of staff to act as the key liaison with the International Office and with other similar colleagues in other schools.
Participation in the Erasmus+ programme
Given the diversity of our student body, with students from almost 150 countries, it is of vital importance that our staff have relevant and recent international experience. Thus, participation within Erasmus provides one of the key mechanisms by which our academic and administrative staff gain international awareness and develop and participate in international professional and academic networks. A direct result of participation is that our academic research is founded in contemporary international practice, and our teaching and research staff are informed by international best practice and recent research. This enables some of our subject areas to enhance their international reputation, providing an internationally recognised centre of excellence for particular subjects through a mix of research, scholarly activity, academic partnership and international networks.
Some of our projects have focused in particular on pedagogical issues, the delivery of dual or dually accredited degree programmes, the development of open and supported distance learning materials and the enhancement of quality within an international education programme.
Participation in mobility programmes enhances our students’ employability as well as contributing to their personal development and language skills. Our participation in the Erasmus+ programme will support our efforts to encourage a greater number of our students to undertake study or work placements both within and outside the EU.
As a student at London Metropolitan University, an opportunity may exist to study for part of your degree in another European country.
Erasmus+ is part of the European Union Life Long Learning Programme for co-operation in the field of education. Under Erasmus+, London Metropolitan University has student exchange agreements with 23 partners in 13 European countries.
From your second year of study onwards, you can spend one or two semesters (academic year) studying at one of the University's partner institutions, depending on your degree course. The period abroad will be fully accredited towards your final degree and no fee will be charged by the host institution during your stay.
As an initiative to encourage student mobility, eligible students may receive an Erasmus grant. This grant is not meant to cover all your expenses (as if you stayed in the UK you would receive nothing) but it should help with any extra expenses incurred.
First year students
First year students should note that although you are not eligible to participate in the Erasmus+ programme until your second year, now is a good time to research your opportunities abroad. You can apply while in your first year for second year participation. Planning ahead is highly recommended as for some of our partner universities you will require a reasonable knowledge of their native language. As such, you may want to take advantage of London Metropolitan University's Open Language Programme to brush up on your foreign language skills.
As many of the course modules at London Met now run for the whole year, this may affect your opportunity to study abroad for one semester only. Students hoping to go abroad for one semester in their second year should speak to their Personal Academic Tutor (PAT) about the modules that will be on offer for one semester only (if any) and if it would be possible to incorporate one semester of Erasmus into their degree programme.
The easiest scenario is for students to go abroad for a full academic year in the second year of a three year degree or the third year of a four year degree. Students may also combine a semester in the USA/Japan/West Indies with an Erasmus semester.
Although it is technically possible to go away on Erasmus in your final year, we do not recommend this as delays in getting grades or transcripts from the host university may delay your graduation.
Where to start
Step One - Expression of interest
Read the Erasmus website thoroughly and research your options. For a list of partner universities on offer, refer to the University Partners List page. You can only study at a university listed with a subject link in the area of your degree. When making a decision about where to go, take into consideration what the language of tuition is, accommodation options, cost of living and courses on offer. You must be fairly fluent in the language of tuition - no beginners of the tuition language will be allowed to apply.
There are a limited number of places at partner universities, so do not set your heart on one particular host but look into other options in case your first choice is not available. As it may be difficult to spend just one semester abroad due to year-long modules (speak to your PAT about this), you may wish to combine two Erasmus hosts or an exchange abroad in the USA, Japan or the West Indies with an Erasmus placement. If you decide to do this, then the Erasmus semester should be taken in the spring semester.
If you are interested in spending only the autumn or spring semester on an Erasmus placement, then you must ensure that you will be able to take four semester-long modules in your semester at London Met and that the semester dates at your chosen institution coincide with those of LondonMet so you do not miss exams either here or there.
Talk to other students who have been to or who are from the country/university you are interested in. The International Programmes Office can assist with putting you in touch with these students.
Speak to your Erasmus Departmental Co-ordinator (EDC) or Personal Academic Tutor (PAT) about the possibility of participating in the Erasmus exchange programme as part of your degree, especially if you are on a joint degree programme or you only want to go away for one semester. The EDC for your subject is listed at the bottom of the University Partners page. Between you, you need to evaluate which partner university would best suit your academic requirements. As some degrees are accredited (such as LLB Law) it may be difficult for you to go abroad if you are on these courses.
You must pass all your modules in the semester you make your application and (if applicable) in the semester before you leave for the host university.
Step two - Complete an application
Read the Outgoing Student's Guide to familiarise yourself with the Erasmus programme.
Refer to the FAQ section for further information and helpful advice about the programme. It may offer an answer to the question/s you have.
Complete and submit the Erasmus outgoing application form. This must be signed by your Erasmus Departmental Coordinator. Please ensure that you meet the academic and linguistic requirements of the host university and that you are genuine about your desire/intent to study abroad before you apply. Every year students take places that are wanted by other students only to drop out after the host's deadline meaning the place is wasted as no-one else can take up the spot. Be very sure you have thought your decision through before you make an application.
Bring your completed application form to the International Programmes Office for consideration. At this stage, the Erasmus Officer can verify the placement possibilities and provide you with further information.
Step three - Application to the host institution
The IPO will nominate all successful students to their host institution before the host's deadline. Please note that students should not contact the host university before they have been nominated.
The host university will then get in touch with the IPO, or directly with the student, with instructions on how to go about applying to them (unrelated to the LondonMet application). The application form is usually accessible via the website of the host institution, or alternatively it may be sent to students by email or post. It is advised that you complete and return the application directly to the host institution in a timely manner. Each institution has different procedures and so students must carefully read and follow instructions from the host. There will be a deadline for applications, to which you must adhere.
It is important to note that your exchange can only be realised if you have met all of the host institution's requirements and they have offered you a placement in writing.
Some institutions ask you to apply for accommodation at the same time as you submit your Erasmus application. It is advisable to do so in order to secure somewhere to live before everything fills up.
Step four - Attend the Erasmus pre-departure meeting
The Outgoing Pre-Departure Meeting is compulsory for all outgoing students. This session will cover the practicalities of your exchange and allow you to complete essential paperwork (i.e. the grant contract) before you leave for your exchange abroad. It is also a great opportunity to meet other students who may be going to the same host university as yourself.
Pre-Departure Meetings are held as follows:
- in May for Semester 1 (Autumn) or full-year students
- in December for Semester 2 (Spring) students
Certain paperwork must be handed into the IPO before you go away on Erasmus (this paperwork will be explained at a pre-departure meeting). If this does not happen, then the grant cannot be paid.
Step five - Notify your Hub
Inform your Hub of your exchange period abroad so that they can ensure that your exchange period is recorded on your student record. Please ensure that any changes to your exchange abroad or your address are reported, as well as notifying the International Programmes Office.
You will still be required to enrol as a student at London Metropolitan University before you start your exchange at the host university. This is done via Evision.
Step six - Prepare for your exchange!
The university offers free travel insurance for all students going on an Erasmus placement so you do not have to worry about that.
Be sure to check with the host institution about any country specific requirements you must adhere to when entering the country (i.e. resident visas / registering with the police).
Brush up on your language skills — even if the host institution you are going to teaches in English, you should learn key phrases in the local language because you will find that not everyone can (or wishes to) speak English.
Ensure you obtain a European Health Insurance Card in order to receive medical care for the same price as the locals (apart from Turkey).
Shop around for flights, making use of your International Student Identity Card for cheaper fares - especially at STA Travel. Use price comparison websites such as Kelkoo, Skyscanner and Flightchecker.
Make sure you have a way of accessing your money while you are abroad. Most debit cards charge you every time you use your card to pay for something in a shop or withdraw money. You may find it cheaper to use a pre-pay card such as FairFX. Your Erasmus grant will be paid directly into your bank account.
Lastly, be safe and enjoy the experience!
Things to do at all times...
Keep copies of all the paperwork you have completed.
Keep in touch with the host university with any questions — they will be the best source to advise you on requirements / procedures at the host university.
Keep in touch with the International Programmes Office. Any changes or any worries, contact us and we will endeavour to help.
How to apply
In order to successfully apply to become an Erasmus student, there are certain steps that each student must take (please see "Where to start" tab).
The following information outlines the application documents, associated materials and steps involved that students are advised to follow in order to apply for the London Metropolitan University Erasmus+ exchange programme.
Firstly, you must have passed all your modules from the previous semester in order to participate in the programme. We will not send students who are failing modules to be ambassadors of London Met. You will also be required to have a class attendance rate of at least 80% – some schools will require a higher attendance rate.
The deadline dates for applications are:
- Semester 1 (Autumn), September to January – 1 April
- Semester 2 (Spring), February to June – 1 October of the previous year
This is the latest that applications can be accepted by London Met. However, the host institutions might have much earlier deadlines so you need to be aware of those as we will not nominate students if the partner's deadline has passed.
Please note that we advise all students to apply before the autumn deadline in order to qualify for grant distribution. There will be a finite amount of grant money that will be allocated to participants who apply by 1 April.
- Please note that there are a limited number of places per host institution, and therefore applications are treated on a first-come, first-served basis. Do not miss out. Lodge your application early!
- Print your application. Have it signed by both you and your Erasmus Departmental Coordinator (EDC) (refer to the University Partners page for a list of Erasmus Departmental Coordinators) and hand deliver/post to:
International Programmes Office
London Metropolitan University
166-220 Holloway Road
London N7 8DB
It is important to note that some academic departments may have their own pre-application process in order to fairly select students for the limited spaces available under the Erasmus programme. Therefore, please check with the Erasmus Departmental Co-ordinator about departmental procedures.
- For your application to be formally accepted onto the Erasmus programme you also need to complete a Provisional Learning Agreement (PLA). This is a proposal of what you plan to study at your host university. You will need to discuss this with your EDC and have it signed by them. An approved PLA indicates to the International Programmes Office that you have the support and approval from your department to study abroad. Keep in mind that that the PLA can be amended at a later date, however, it will once again require a signature from your EDC approving the change. Joint degree students are also required to consult their Personal Academic Tutor (PAT) and obtain approval to study abroad.
- Once you have formally been accepted onto the Erasmus programme, the International Programmes Office will issue you with an acceptance letter. This will be given to you at the pre-departure meeting as proof of placement for funding bodies such as the Student Loans Company (SLC).
A Grant Contract
- The British Council, who are the Governing Body for Erasmus+ in the UK, provide a contract which must be signed by the outgoing student and the London Met Erasmus Institutional Coordinator. The contract lists the terms of the Erasmus Charter which all students are expected to abide by during their placement abroad. By signing the contract (and thereby agreeing to the Charter) students are applying for the Erasmus grant.
- Please note that no grant is payable if students have previously been in receipt of a grant through the Life-Long Learning Programme, such as Comenius for longer than nine months.
- The grant is payable in instalments of approximately 70% at the beginning of the semester (or each semester if staying for a year) with the remainder payable upon completion of all paperwork required by the British Council (normally after you have completed your stay abroad). Both the first and last instalments will be held back until all required paperwork has been received by the International Programmes Office. The required paperwork can be seen on the "While you are away" section of this website.
- The University provides free travel insurance to students going away on Erasmus placements. The policy summary and an emergency number will be emailed to you before you go away.
- Download the general information guide to what the Erasmus programme is, and the steps students need to follow to successfully participate in the programme. You should make sure you read this before you apply!
Open Language Programme (OLP)
Opportunities exist for London Met students to take additional language units to gain a greater understanding of an offered language, and help minimise any language barrier on an Erasmus exchange. The OLP offer classes for both registered students and non-university students in the language of their choice. Please see the OLP page for further information.
There might also be the possibility of taking free language courses online if your language of tuition in the host country is not English or your native tongue.
While you are away
Listed below are some of the forms that you will need to complete after your arrival at your host institution. This paperwork is compulsory for all students who are eligible for an Erasmus grant. Please note that during your period abroad there may be requests from London Met International Programmes Office for additional paperwork to be completed as part of your Erasmus placement.
These forms will be given or emailed to each eligible student with an explanation letter and deadlines for the return of the completed forms.
Certificate of arrival and departure
This form is to show that you have arrived at the host university at the expected time and that you have enrolled at that university. It also forms the record of how long you have been there as the second section requires the date of departure to be confirmed by the host’s International Office.
It is essential that this form is completed and returned to us as soon as you have enrolled at the host university.
Once the first (arrival) part has been completed and signed, please return the form by scan to us and then hold onto the original form until the end of your stay.
Once you have completed your placement get the second part signed and return it by scan.
Failure to do this will result in your grant being recalled.
This form is to confirm the modules you are studying at the host university. It will be given in hard copy or emailed to students before their study period.
This form must be signed by you and the departmental Erasmus advisor before you leave for your Erasmus placement. Once signed by the host, it should then be returned to the IPO by scan. The original should be kept by you in case of any changes.
If there are any academic problems with one or more of the modules that have been selected, the London Met Erasmus Departmental Coordinator should get in touch with you to suggest any amendments. NB. When returning the completed form please enclose translated (if necessary) module descriptions to help the Erasmus Departmental Coordinators make a quick decision on your programme of studies.
Erasmus British Council report and LondonMet questionnaire
The British Council questionnaire is online for all Erasmus students to complete after their Erasmus period has finished. The link will be sent to students nearing the end of their stay abroad.
If you do not complete this form by the deadline given by the International Programmes Office you will be required to pay back your grant.
The London Met questionnaire is not compulsory but would be gratefully received by the IPO in order to assist future students with their choice of university. This will be emailed to students by the IPO.
Subjects offering Erasmus study placements
Please note, you should be at least semi-fluent in the institution's language of tuition to which you wish to apply.
Social Sciences and Humanities
|Country||Institution||Subject||Language of tuition||Study level|
|Belgium||Institut Libre Marie Haps||Translation||French||Undergraduate|
|Denmark||University of Copenhagen||Communication Science||English||Undergraduate|
|France||Sciences Po Bordeaux||Political Science||French / English||Undergraduate|
|Italy||University of Bologna (not for 17/18)||Political Science||Italian / English||Undergraduate|
|Norway||University of Bergen||Social Sciences / Development||English||Undergraduate|
|Poland||University of Wroclaw||Political Science||English||Undergraduate|
|Spain||University of Granada||Translation||Spanish||Undergraduate|
|Complutense University||Political Science||Spanish||Undergraduate|
|Turkey||Istanbul Bilgi University||Political Science||English||Undergraduate|
|Bilkent University||Political Science||English||Undergraduate|
|Country||Institution||Subject||Language of tuition||Study level|
|Cyprus||University of Nicosia||Business and Management||English||Undergraduate|
|Denmark||Copenhagen Business School||Business and Management||English||Undergraduate|
|France||IESEG School of Management||Business and Management||English||Undergraduate|
|Mod'Art International Paris||Fashion Management||English||Undergraduate|
|Université Savoie Mont Blanc||Tourism and Hospitality||French||Undergraduate|
|Germany||Fachhochschule Aachen||Business and Management||German||Undergraduate|
|Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences||Accountancy and Finance||English||Undergraduate|
|Spain||Complutense University||Business and Management||Spanish||Undergraduate|
|EAE Business School Barcelona||Business and Management||English (set syllabus)||Undergraduate|
|University of Barcelona||Business and Management||Spanish / Catalan||Undergraduate|
|The Netherlands||Hogeschool van Amsterdam||Business and Management||English||Undergraduate|
|NHTV Breda University||Events, Tourism, Leisure||English||Undergraduate|
|Stenden University||Events, Tourism, Leisure||English||Undergraduate|
|Turkey||Istanbul Bilgi University||Business and Management||English||Undergraduate|
Erasmus departmental coordinators
|Business||Riette van Wijnenemail@example.com|
|Political Science||Dominique Blondelfirstname.lastname@example.org|
Frequently asked questions
- What is Erasmus?
- What are the advantages of being an Erasmus Student?
- What do I have to do if I want to study abroad during my degree course?
- Eligibility- what year of study can I go in?
- Where can I go?
- Must I be fluent in another language?
- How fluent?
- Can I study abroad if I am doing a Joint Degree/Modular Programme?
- Can I participate if I am a part-time student?
- I want to study at a European university but its semester starts during the time when I have exams. Can I still go abroad?
- What does it cost? - Tuition fees
- What does it cost? - Other costs
- Can I receive any help towards costs that I will incur when studying abroad?
- What is the Erasmus student grant?
- What criteria do I need to meet in order to qualify for an Erasmus grant?
- How much money will I receive?
- When do I actually receive this Erasmus grant?
- What about exams?
- How will I get recognition for my academic performance? What is ECTS?
- Will I have to organise my own accommodation?
- Will I have to give up my rented accommodation in London when I go abroad? Will the university provide assistance with renting it out while I am away?
- Is it possible to take my family abroad with me?
- Is insurance compulsory? Will the university provide me with insurance?
- Where can I get an ISIC? (International Student Identity Card)
Erasmus+ is the European Commission's educational programme for Higher Education students, teachers and institutions. It allows students in Higher Education to study for part of their degree programme in another European country and to receive full recognition of this period as an integral part of their overall degree.
Flexibility – Experience, which encourages and develops a flexible approach to learning and working, is an excellent preparation for employment.
Adaptability - The Erasmus experience allows you to become immersed in another culture, make new friends, obtain a working knowledge of another language and develop skills that will contribute to your employability.
Maturity - You will have acquired life skills which cannot be taught and which may take others significantly longer to acquire.
Employability - The overall educational advantages of studying your subject in another country will contribute considerably to the enhancement of your employability.
You need to ask your course co-ordinator or PAT if your course can include an Erasmus exchange programme. If it is possible, then you need to fill in an Erasmus Outgoing Student Application Form, which you can download from the "How to apply" section.
After you have completed your form and had it signed by your Erasmus Departmental Co-ordinator (refer to a current list of EDCs in the Outgoing Student Guide and on the List of Partners webpage), return it to the International Programmes Office by the 1st April for students wishing to go out in September or the 1st October for students wishing to go out in the following February.
You cannot participate on the Erasmus exchange programme during your first year of study. The length of time that you can spend abroad will be subject to the requirements of the course you are taking. You would not be able to go abroad for just one semester if any of your core modules are year-long.
It depends on what department you are from and what subject area you are studying. London Metropolitan University has agreements with a large number of European universities in different subject areas. To find out with which universities we have links with in your subject areas, please refer to the "University Partners" section.
Speaking, reading and writing English is a major asset but it can also be a serious disadvantage if that is the only language you are able to speak. Your peer group in other European countries can increasingly speak English fluently as well as their mother tongue and frequently at least one other European language. The ability to work in another language will not only enhance your enjoyment of living and working in another country but also enhance your employability.
For some links a good prior knowledge, such as A-level or AS-level, of the language is required. However, not all links require fluency. Many universities provide facilities for you to start learning a language and some European host universities even teach certain subjects in English. Do not let the lack of a language deter you, however be realistic about your ability to manage studying in another language!
It will depend on whether London Met has a link with a host university for at least one of your subject areas. For example, if you are studying Computing and Business, LondonMet only has links for Business. This means that you may be able to spend one semester studying Business overseas and then complete the Computing modules at London Met upon your return. It is important for you to note that it is not always possible to organise your London Met course requirements to fit in with the Erasmus programme. It is recommended that you consult your course coordinator or PAT to see whether you can fit the programme into your degree.
If London Met has links in both of your subject areas at different host universities, then you may consider spending one semester at one institution to study one subject, followed by the another semester at the second institution studying the other subject, for those wishing to spend a full academic year abroad.
According to the guidelines set out by the European Commission, only full-time students are eligible to take part. If your personal and academic criteria allow you to continue your degree programme full-time during the period of the placement (to find out you will have to consult your course co-ordinator), you may be able to participate in the Erasmus exchange programme.
It is possible although it may be tricky! You can still go abroad if you can make arrangements with your department to take your exam while abroad. This, however, will cost you at least £100 for the privilege! You would also need to contact the partner institution to ask them whether they are willing to set the exam conditions up for you. If they are (which normally is the case), you will then need to contact our exams department to pass on all the relevant details to them so that they can organise it for you. Your EDC or PAT should be able to help you organise this.
Students spending a year abroad on Erasmus+ benefit from reduced tuition fees payable to London Met. No tuition is paid to the host university.
If you spend one semester abroad then you pay your normal amount of tuition to London Met.
Obviously, during your period of study in the host university you will need to pay for your accommodation, general living costs, books and entertainment. While in some countries this may be more expensive than at home, in other countries the strength of the UK pound makes it very affordable for you to live/study. You are advised to do some research on the local living costs of the country so you can budget accordingly.
During your study period you will be eligible to continue to receive any student grant or loan to which you are normally entitled, from national or other sources, and you may also obtain an Erasmus student grant. The Student Loans Company also offers a travel grant to students studying abroad as part of their degree to help with flights and local transport. The first £303 of your expenses are not payable however.
You may be eligible to receive an Erasmus grant, which contributes towards the extra costs arising from studying abroad, but it will not cover all normal student living expenses and it is not automatic. Erasmus grants in the UK are paid via your home institution, which receives an allocation from the UK Erasmus governing organisation for distribution to students. It must be remembered that as the grant is cash limited there may be situations in which you will not receive an Erasmus grant. For criteria and restrictions, please ask the International Programmes Office. Erasmus grants (if awarded) are paid in addition to the standard grant/loan for those students receiving one.
- be registered as a full-time student at a UK Institution of Higher Education which holds an Erasmus charter;
- spend an approved study period of between 3 to 12 months at an institution in another EU, EEA or "partner" country;
- not have received a previous Erasmus/Comenius/British Council Teaching Assistant grant.
However, satisfying these criteria does not guarantee that you will receive a grant and because the grants are allocated on an annual basis your university will not be able to give you any guarantee in advance.
This will depend on how many students participate in the Erasmus+ programme in the same year as you. We are allocated a certain amount of money and that is divided up among students.
The Erasmus grant is paid in two or three instalments (depending on the length of your period abroad): London Met aims to make the first payment within the first month of the commencement of your placement. Payment, however, is dependant on how efficiently you return all related Erasmus documentation upon arrival at your host university. The grant will be paid into the bank account nominated on your grant contract. The remainder of the grant owed will be payable after the Certificate of Departure and Student Reports have been completed and returned to the IPO.
Grant payments are worked out using your semester dates abroad. No grant will be paid for any duration before the start of the semester or after the end of it, including resits.
While abroad, you are required to comply with the examination procedures set by the host institution. This may involve written papers and/or oral examinations. The language of the examination will be the one of tuition at the host institution. In general, you will not have to pass an exam a second time at your home university to receive academic recognition for it. However, if you fail to achieve enough credit from your time abroad you will have to take extra modules at LondonMet upon your return in order to make up the shortfall.
The host university will issue you an academic transcript in recognition of your study during your period abroad, usually with an ECTS grade attached. ECTS stands for "European Credit Transfer System". It is an arrangement between European educational institutions which makes it possible for the grades you received at your host university to be translated into equivalent UK recognised grades. For further information, please consult the Guide for Outgoing Erasmus students. 30 ECTS credits will be required in order to progress to the next semester (equivalent to 60 London Met credits). Therefore, 60 ECTS should have been awarded by the host university at the end of a year abroad if all modules were passed.
The translation of ECTS grades into London Met percentages is set and is not negotiable. Please be aware of the grade transfer system before applying for the Erasmus programme as if attaining high marks is your primary goal then an Erasmus semester might not be suitable for you.
In some cases, the host university will assist you in finding accommodation. When the host university sends an information pack to you, it should include information and/or an application form regarding accommodation. Make sure you fill it in and return it to them before the deadline - as places get booked up early and very quickly - and they will do the best they can in order to help you to find a place to live.
It is up to you whether you give up your rented accommodation or rent it to friends while you are on your placement. Unfortunately, the university does not provide help with subletting your accommodation. However, if you cannot find candidates to whom you could hand over your place, the Accommodation Office in Student Services might be able to help.
Yes, however, it is unlikely that the host university will have appropriate accommodation for families. Therefore, you may have to do some research on accommodation, jobs and possibly schools, prior to your departure.
The International Programmes Office will organise for you to be covered by the university insurance policy; the coverage is for emergencies while abroad.
Some host universities also require that you have proof of insurance before you enrol.
It is very useful to obtain an ISIC as it is recognised world-wide and will provide you with discounts in a large number of areas, eg. accommodation, travel, entertainment, clothing etc. You can find out more about it and apply for one at on the ISIC website.