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Erasmus+ exchange semester United Kingdom

Important:

  • The information below is only relevant for you if your mobility takes place in the United Kingdom.

  • You will receive all information in the mandatory grant and credit transfer session.

  • If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Martina Stalitzer (martina.stalitzer@wu.ac.at).

  • If this process does not apply to you, please have a look at the information here.

If you have been nominated for an exchange semester in Great Britain, you are eligible to apply for an Erasmus+ grant. All important information regarding Erasmus+ grants can be found on this page.

Application requirements

All WU students enrolled in a regular degree program who have been nominated to spend a period of at least three full months at an Erasmus+ partner university in Great Britain are eligible to apply for an Erasmus+ grant.

Students can apply repeatedly for several mobility grants covering a period of up to 12 months at each degree level (bachelor, master, and PhD levels). This means that students can get mobility grants for a total of 36 months during a full academic education from bachelor to PhD level.

International students can apply for a mobility grant for a stay in their home country, but these applications have the lowest priority in the selection process. Students cannot apply for stays in a neighboring country where they have their main place of residence (cross-border commuters). Students must inform the International Office if they wish to apply for a mobility grant for a stay in their home country.

Financial information

Financial support via Erasmus+ is still possible until May 31, 2023. The support is a grant for the increased cost of living abroad. The monthly grant amounts to €480 including travel allowance.

The OeAD Erasmus Office is responsible for the payment of the mobility grants. 80% of the entire mobility grant is paid out at the beginning of the stay abroad. The remaining 20% are paid out after completion of the stay abroad if the required documentation is submitted in time.

Economically disadvantaged students, as recepients of a federal study grant, may receive both an Erasmus+ grant and federal financial aid for a stay abroad at the same time.

Students with disabilities/chronic illnesses, as well as students with care responsibilities during a semester abroad, can apply for additional Erasmus+ funds. The amount of this financial support is not fixed, but based on the actual additional financial burden caused by a student’s disability, illness, or care responsibilities.

Eligible students who wish to apply must communicate their status when applying for an Erasmus+ grant, at the latest. As part of the application, a detailed list of all necessary expenses must be submitted. We recommend contacting the International Office’s grant office when applying for a semester abroad, so there is enough time to prepare the application as well as possible.

Academic achievment

Proof of minimum academic achievement is required for students who receive an Erasmus+ grant. The stay abroad should not hinder the student’s academic progress (“no loss of progress” principle). According to this principle, students should complete courses worth 30 ECTS credits in each semester spent abroad. As proof of academic achievement, students are required to have credits earned abroad transferred to their WU program.

Apart from these regulations, there is also a minimum requirement students must meet to keep their mobility grant. Students who fail to meet the minimum requirements will have to repay their mobility grant. Students must earn at least 3 ECTS credits per month or complete substantial work on a bachelor, master, or doctoral/PhD thesis, as confirmed by their thesis supervisor.

Federal scholarships

Students who receive a federal scholarship (Studienbeihilfe) can continue to collect this financial aid during their Erasmus+ exchange stay abroad if they have full admission to courses and exams in Austria. These students have to apply for additional federal financial aid for a stay abroad (Beihilfe für ein Auslandsstudium, BAS) with the appropriate Financial Aid Office (Austrian Study Grant Authority). Federal financial aid for a stay abroad (BAS) is paid out in addition to the federal scholarship.

To view further information and forms provided by the Austrian Study Grant Authority, follow this link (see downloads section, page in German).The SB-AS1 and SB-AS2 forms are also available at WU's Study Regulations & Credit Transfer office. The data entered on these forms needs to be officially confirmed by WU. Applicants can obtain this confirmation from the Study Regulations & Credit Transfer office.

How to apply

WU students nominated for an exchange stay at an Erasmus+ partner university will receive an invitation to the grant and credit transfer session by email to their WU email account. Attendance at the grant and credit transer session is mandatory and will be checked. Click here to view the grant and credit transfer session dates in the current semester.

Students with disabilities/chronic illnesses

To ensure that students with disabilities/chronic illnesses can take full advantage of the European mobility arrangements, the Erasmus+ Program provides an additional grant to cover special needs during the mobility. Ask the Erasmus+ corrdinator (Martina Stalitzer) at the International Office to provide you with further information and help you with the Erasmus+ special needs support application form. For further information have a look at the homepage of the Austrian National Agency (only available in German).

Data protection: Personal data are confidential and will only be treated with regards to your application and participation in the Erasmus+ program according to Austrian law.

Steps after the mandatory grant and credit transfer session

Before your exchange

During your stay

After your return

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