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9th January, 2019

Higher education funding

Erasmus+ is the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport, which runs from 2014 to 2020. Through Erasmus+, UK higher education institutions (HEIs) can access funding for life-changing international opportunities:

  • Students can study or undertake a traineeship abroad, to develop new skills, gain international experience and boost their employability
  • Academic and professional staff can teach or train abroad, to develop professional practice, build relationships with international peers, and gain fresh ideas
  • UK HEIs can collaborate with international HEIs, enterprises and other partners, to drive innovation and excellence in higher education.

From 2014 to 2017, 951 Erasmus+ grants were awarded to UK HEIs, worth around €295 million in total. Over the same period, UK HEIs were partners in over 330 grants worth around €230 million, for projects led by organisations in other countries. See Funding results for more information.

In 2019, over €85 million in funding is proposed specifically for UK HEIs. UK HEIs can also apply for additional funding streams (called ‘centralised’ activities), managed by the European Commission’s Executive Agency.

Find out more on available fundings here.



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