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FAQs for LSE students

What are the criteria to be accepted as an Erasmus student?
If you are currently registered at LSE and you wish to take part in an exchange with another institution under the Erasmus scheme, your department must have a formal agreement with that university. For a list of current agreements, see the Information for LSE students page.

Your exchange must take place during your period at registration at the LSE.  It is not possible to undertake an exchange once your official programme end date has passed.

Is there a deadline for applications?
Please return the Erasmus Application Form to the Erasmus Coordinator one month prior to your exchange period abroad, or by 9 December 2016 for an exchange period during 2016/17, whichever date comes earlier. Exchange partners may also have their own application deadlines for incoming Erasmus students and you should check the host university's website for further information.

How long will I spend at the partner institution?
Students can spend between 3 months and one academic year in another participating country in the framework of agreed arrangements between universities.

How much will it cost, and is there any financial support available?
As an LSE student studying at a partner institution, depending on your programme you may still have to pay the standard LSE tuition fee. However, you will not have to pay the tuition fee of the host institution. During your Erasmus study, you continue to receive any student grant or loan to which you are normally entitled.

You may also be eligible for an Erasmus mobility grant. Please note that this grant is merely a contribution toward the cost of studying overseas, and is not intended to cover all your expenses. The amount you receive is set by the British Council and changes each year. For 2016/17 the grant is dependent on the group of your host country and the number of days you spend on your exchange. 

You should not rely on an Erasmus Grant to fund your exchange period.

Grant rates 2016 - 2017

The LSE aims to fully fund all exchanges. However, this may not be possible depending on the amount of grant received from the British Council.  In this circumstance, we will allocate a partial grant for your exchange.  We will contact you if you will be affected by this.

Please note that a £150 paperwork deposit is retained by the school and paid on the receipt of all required documentation.

IMPORTANT: It is your responsibility to complete all the paperwork within the required timeframes.  Failure to do so may result in the British Council requesting you return your grant.

You will receive information about living expenses from your host institution.

Additional grants are available for students with disabilities or those who are eligible for a widening participation grant at undergraduate level. Please indicate on the Erasmus Application Form if you need to apply for a special needs allowance or are eligible for widening participation.

Are there any language requirements?
You should contact the Erasmus Coordinator at the institution you wish to visit for details of any language requirements they may have for Erasmus students.

You may be required to undertake an online language programme for the European Commission if the language you will be taught in is not your native language.  LSE will contact you with further details if this is required.

I have a Tier 4 visa - can I still take part in the exchange?

Yes.  You will remain a registered student at the LSE, so we will continue to sponsor you on your Tier 4 visa.  The Registry will be required to inform the Home Office that you are at an alternative location of study for your period of exchange.  We will also be required to continue monitoring your attendance.  It is likely that any attendance issues will be flagged by your exchange institution, however to remain sponsored please respond to any emails from the LSE.

You should contact us at least three months before your current Tier 4 visa expires if you are an undergraduate student at Sciences Po.

Who can I contact for further information?
All prospective or current students with further questions about the Erasmus programme should contact the Erasmus Coordinator:
email: erasmus@lse.ac.uk