Co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.

Key Action 1 is all about providing opportunities for students to improve their skills, enhance their employability and gain cultural awareness.

Students are able to spend a period of time in another participating country gaining valuable experience of life, study/work with the aim of increasing the opportunities available to them in the future.

Under Key Action 1 there are two mobility platforms for HE students:

  • Mobility between Programme Countries (Key Action 1.03). Imperial College applies annually for funding under 1.03 to run mobility projects through structured study abroad opportunities and work/industrial experience for which the College will award academic recognition upon successful completion. This element of Erasmus+ includes the traditional Erasmus Study exchange scheme which has operated since 1987, and at Imperial since 1989.
  • Mobility between Programme Countries and Partner Countries (Key Action 1.07). Imperial College continues to consider the merits of this particular mobility platform, and may particpate in the future.


Key Action 1.03 (Student mobility)

  • study period in a programme country abroad (see the student exchange page for a list of current Erasmus partners) lasting between 3 and 12 months. At Imperial study mobility is normally limited to undergraduate year abroad. Annually the College funds 40-55 undergraduate year abroad students while hosting 80-100 from its partner universities.  Further information about Erasmus+ Study grants can be found in the Placements Abroad Handbook.
  • Watch a video containing the thoughts of past Erasmus "study" participants.

Erasmus Study Abroad Participant: "Going abroad is always a good idea both for personal reasons and academic ones. This year has made me reflect on what I am studying and has made me find my love/passion for my subject again. I am not the only one that has said this, going abroad makes you see your subject in a different light. You are faced with a challenge and you always find solutions. On a more personal note I have thoroughly improved my French and met some really amazing people. At the end of the day, it's up to you to make your time abroad what you want it to be."

  • traineeship (work placement) abroad lasting between 2 and 12 months. At Imperial there are a variety of students who benefit (undergraduate year in industry; undergraduate short industrial placements; undergraduate extra-ECTS internships; postgraduate taught masters students; postgraduate research students), and their contact is the academic or adminstrative staff member on their home academic department who will manage the work/industrial placement. Further information about Erasmus+ Traineeship grants can be found on the College's Student Financial Support website (look under UG or PG and then Loans and Grants) and in the Placements Abroad Handbook.

The purpose of the grant is to act as a supplement to assist with the additional costs of undertaking a mobility period abroad. It is not a full living allowance. It is allocated per month of eligible activity abroad, and currently (depending on the grant applied for) rates are €370 - €520 per month.

Important: Students may undertake up to 12 months’ mobility in total per academic cycle (i.e. 12 months during their bachelor degree, 12 months during their master’s degree etc). Each 12 month period can consist of any combination of eligible study and/or traineeship mobilities. Imperial MSci/MEng undergraduates need to remember that the last year of their degree is at masters level, so the previous years are at bachelor level.

Please note that the College has opted not to manage traineeships for new graduates. This is an optional element of the Erasmus traineeship scheme where a work/industrial internship organised while an individual is still a student of Imperial College may be supported within 12 months of the student completing their degree programme at Imperial College.

All mobile students, whether UG or PG, who are planning a placement should consult the Information for Students.