Erasmus + ("European Community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students") is the European Commission's education programme for Higher Education students, teachers and institutions.
LSE participates in Key Action 1 of the programme, which encourages staff and students to undertake mobilities for teaching. We do not currently participatre in Key Action 2 training opportunities for staff
Erasmus is open to all types of higher education institutions, all academic disciplines and all levels of higher education study up to and including the doctorate. 3244 people participated in Erasmus during its first academic year. Now, more than 150,000 people benefit each year from the programme.
Students in higher education may spend a study or work period (minimum of 3 months) in another participating country in the framework of agreed arrangements with universities and enterprises.
They generally receive a grant to help offset the 'mobility costs' of studying or working in another country, such as travel, language preparation and differences in cost of living. Their award depends on several elements which vary from country to country.
Full academic recognition for the study or work period carried out abroad must be ensured before departure. The programme is open to all students (up to and including doctorate), except those enrolled in their first year of higher education.
Financial support is also given to higher education teaching staff to spend a short period (eight hours teaching minimum) of fully integrated teaching assignments in a partner university.
Who coordinates Erasmus + at the LSE?
The Erasmus + Coordinators are based within the Student Services Centre and have a dual role of administering Erasmus + exchanges and providing an immigration advice service to international students. The team consists of:
Bethan Ovens - International Student Immigration Service Manager & Erasmus Coordinator
Laura Dyson - Senior International Student Immigration Adviser & Erasmus Coordinator
Contact the team by email at Erasmus@lse.ac.uk.