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Erasmus+ for Students

ERASMUS plus
European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport.

The Erasmus+ programme enables higher education students to study or carry out a work placement for between three and twelve months in one of 32 European countries as part of their degree course. Over two million students have already taken part in the programme and have experienced the excitement of living abroad.

University of Lincoln students from a wide range of subject areas can take part, subject to partnership agreements and selection criteria. Studying abroad will involve foreign languages however, you do not necessarily have to speak another language. Many courses are taught in English. Of course taking the opportunity to learn another language will undoubtedly add another skill to your CV.

Students studying in Europe come under the Erasmus+ Programme and are entitled to receive EU funding for study at another University within Europe. More than 4 million people will gain experience and skills by studying, training, or volunteering abroad through Erasmus+.

As a University of Lincoln student you can study as an outgoing student at one of our partner institutions and we also welcome applications from incoming Erasmus+ students studying with those partners. Incoming students must provide Learning agreements via their home institution’s Erasmus office. Once agreed, a University of Lincoln application form (Erasmus Application [.DOC]) should be completed and submitted to admissions@lincoln.ac.uk

For a comprehensive list of opportunities available through our Erasmus+ and Study Abroad programmes, visit our Overseas Partners page.

Work placements with Erasmus+

With some programmes of study you can do a work placement as part of your degree. Work placements in Europe may be eligible for funding under the Erasmus+ scheme. Several academic departments, including Lincoln Business School, and School of Life Sciences, allow you to participate in Erasmus+ work placements as part of your course.


Student Testimonials

Matti Heiskanen - BA (Hons) International Business Management

On my Erasmus exchange semester, I went to Leipzig, Germany in March 2016.  Germany has different semester dates to those in the UK, so I had a three month Christmas break before starting my studies in Leipzig.  The semester started with a two-week language course and with several events to get to know the other Erasmus students.  During the semester, I studied modules in statistics, strategy, accounting, marketing, business ethics, micro economics and of course German.

The best thing about the Erasmus exchange are the new people you get to meet and the new places you get to see! I made a lot of lifelong friends and we travelled quite frequently to the neighbouring cities and countries. 

I recommend Erasmus exchange to everyone!  First of all, it’s so refreshing to change the scenery in the middle of your studies even if it’s for only one semester. The experience also teaches you about new cultures as well as about your own culture and about yourself, without forgetting a new language which is excellent in the ever-globalising world.

Charlotte Bennett - BA (Hons) Dance

Having the opportunity to study on the Erasmus programme has been so incredible and amazing. It has been an experience that I have learned so much from and will never forget. 

In studying Dance at the Norwegian College of Dance, I have gained fundamental knowledge and skills that I know will help me in my future dance career. Nevertheless, I did find the first couple of months very challenging as the transition from living/studying in England to living/studying here in Norway was quite different. I feel, however, that having now been here for just over 5 months, I have really improved and also grown/developed as a dancer/performer which is something I was hoping to achieve.

Oslo is very different to Lincoln, mainly because of the size. I feel that I have become more independent as I have had to locate my way around. The system is very good though and there is always some form of transport to get you wherever you need to go (whether it be the metro, a bus or the tram). 

One of the things that I have loved whilst being here is getting to experience and learn about Norway and its culture. I had never been to Norway before my exchange and I can say that I will definitely be coming back to visit and explore more as Oslo is such a lovely and interesting city. 

One of the things that I have loved whilst being here is getting to experience and learn about Norway and its culture. I had never been to Norway before my exchange and I can say that I will definitely be coming back to visit and explore more as Oslo is such a lovely and interesting city. 

One of the things that I have loved whilst being here is getting to experience and learn about Norway and its culture. I had never been to Norway before my exchange and I can say that I will definitely be coming back to visit and explore more as Oslo is such a lovely and interesting city. 

Jenny, Emmi, and Vilma

Jenny, studying International Tourism Management and Emmi and Vilma, studying International Business Management at the University of Lincoln are currently undergoing an 18 month Erasmus exchange in Alicante, Spain. 

They are finding their experience ‘amazing’ although have confessed, ‘the first time we went to see the University of Alicante we were a little bit worried because the campus is huge compared to our University in Lincoln.

The girls have found their days are little longer than in Lincoln, but now used to it they are able to plan their schedules around studying in the morning or during the evening times. 

Experiencing a different social life has also been exciting for them, ‘In the University of Alicante they have hundreds of students coming from all over the world so it’s really easy to get new friends. The Erasmus group is also organising meetings and events almost every week and one of the most popular trips this semester was the Ibiza trip! When we are not at uni we are spending our time in the harbour or at the beach with our friends’ says Jenny.

Overall the girls say this has been one of the best experiences of their lives and they wouldn’t change it for anything. They have met many people from around the world and have made new friends for life.

More advice for your time abroad

The Erasmus+ website has some interesting case studies which gives great insight as to why students should participate.

Go International is really useful, with lots of perspective on going international especially the Student Perspectives Press Release on the home page.

Third Year Abroad offers lots of advice on what to do before you go, when you arrive, and when you return to the UK, as well as a Year Abroad Survival guide, and 100 reasons to study abroad in the first instance.

International Exchange Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is also very useful.


To find out more about the Erasmus+ programme at the University of Lincoln, talk to your subject coordinator.

(If you are unsure who your subject coordinator is, email Erasmus@lincoln.ac.uk)