Erasmus+ is the European Union’s (EU) funding programme for education and training, youth and sport. The University of Oxford has successfully been awarded an Erasmus charter to take part in the existing programme.
The Erasmus programme
The Erasmus+ Programme builds on the achievements of more than 25 years of European programmes in the fields of education, training and youth.
It encourages student and staff mobility for study and work, and promotes trans-national co-operation projects among universities across Europe. The scheme currently involves nine out of every ten European higher education establishments and supports co-operation between the universities of 33 countries.
Erasmus has developed beyond an educational programme - it has acquired the status of a social and cultural phenomenon. It gives many European university students their first chance to live and thrive abroad. Around 3 million students have benefited from Erasmus since its introduction in 1987.
The implications of the UK plans to leave European Union membership
Oxford remains wholly committed to the Erasmus+ programme and to ensuring student exchanges with European partner universities continue. The University is strongly advocating for continued participation in the Erasmus+ programme, including access to funding contributions for undergraduates’ compulsory years abroad.
Based on statements made by the UK Government and the National Agency, it is expected that year abroad arrangements will be in place for activity taking place in academic years up to and including the academic year 2019-20. The government updated their Technical Notice in light of the possibility that the UK may leave the EU without a deal in place. The University is seeking further clarification on the year abroad arrangements in the event of a no deal scenario. Contingency options are being explored for 2019-20 onwards to help reduce the impact on students in the event that contributions towards year abroad living costs, currently provided by Erasmus+ funding, are reduced.
The University will keep students informed of any developments about participation in the Erasmus+ programme as these become clearer and this page will be updated as soon as further information is announced. You may also wish to refer to our dedicated webpage for details on the wider impact of the result of the UK’s decision to leave European Union membership.
For further information on the current Erasmus+ programme, please visit the following pages:
- Outgoing students: Information for Oxford students on Erasmus study exchanges and traineeships.
- Incoming students: Details for students from other universities on coming to Oxford.
- Staff teaching: Advice for academic staff on the Erasmus teaching opportunities available.
- Staff training: Advice for administrative staff on the Erasmus training opportunities available.
- Information for departments: Guidance on the Erasmus programme and departmental involvement.