Erasmus+ is the European Union’s (EU) funding programme for education and training, youth and sport. The overall programme objectives are to:
- Boost skills and employability
- Modernise education, training and youth work
- Improve opportunities for young people.
The Programme is provided with funding by the European Union via the British Council, who are the UK’s National Agency.
The University has participated in the Erasmus programme since its inception 25 years ago and in the last few years there has been a substantial increase in student mobility with over 150 Cambridge students participating and around 100 incoming students in 2013-14.
Due to the Tripos structure at Cambridge, the only undergraduate students who can take part in Erasmus+ are from the following departments/faculties:
- Modern and Medieval Languages (study exchanges and traineeships)
- Law (study exchanges only)
- Engineering (study exchanges only)
- A number of science departments also allow their students to go abroad for research projects during the long vacation but only if the project is a recognised part of the individual's degree.
MPhil students, with the exception of the 2 year Architecture and Design course, cannot take part in Erasmus due to the course length.
A number of departments allow PhD students to spend time abroad through Erasmus for research purposes. Please make enquiries with your department or the Erasmus Co-ordinator for current opportunities. You must have approval from your supervisor, the relevant Degree Committee and have applied for permission to work away.
Staff mobility opportunities are available to University Teaching Officers, University administrative staff and College Teaching Officers.
The Benefits of Erasmus+
Cambridge students who went abroad under the Erasmus programme in 2014-15 reported:
- 77% of students who participated in a study exchange and 100% who completed a traineeship felt that the programme increased their social, linguistic and/or cultural competences
- 100% of students felt that the programme reinforced or extended their professional network
- More than 90% of students felt that the programme had given them the skills to adapt to and act in new situations
- Over 78% of students on a study exchange and 91% of those on a traineeship felt more confident and convinced of their abilities as a result of Erasmus
For more information on the programme please see the relevant pages on this website