Aston University participates in the European Union’s Erasmus scheme which encourages students to undertake placements in other participating European countries.
Home/EU undergraduates who take part in this scheme for a full academic year are often eligible for an Erasmus fee waiver which means you will not have to pay any tuition fees to Aston University for your placement year. All participating students are also eligible for a mobility grant which can contribute towards the extra costs of living abroad.
The countries which will participate in the Erasmus programme 2012/13 are:
Austria | Belgium | Bulgaria | Cyprus | Czech Republic Denmark | Estonia | Finland | France | Germany | Greece | Iceland | Hungary | Ireland | Italy | Latvia Liechtenstein | Lithuania | Luxembourg | Malta | Netherlands | Norway | Poland | Portugal | Romania | Slovak Republic | Slovenia | Spain | Sweden | Turkey Switzerland | Croatia
If you are not sure whether or not you qualify to apply for Erasmus funding then contact the Placements Office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
You have to apply to participate in the Erasmus scheme but the funding position is often not certain until just a month or so before you are due to start your placement. If you are not sure that you will be able to get an Erasmus tuition fee waiver then you might also like to apply for a tuition fee loan through Student Finance England or Student Finance Services. However, if you are awarded a fee waiver then please remember to contact Student Finance England or Student Finance Services to cancel your tuition fee loan!
If you are doing a placements through ERASMUS you can still apply to Student Finance England for a Maintenance Loan. The maximum amount for 2013/14 (depending on your family’s income) is £5,895
You can also apply for the Maintenance Grant of up to £2,984 which is assessed on your family’s income. Don’t forget that any amount of Maintenance Grant you receive will be partly used to subsidise your student loan (it is not a simple as adding the Maintenance Grant and Loan amounts together!)
If you receive an ERASMUS fee waiver then you cannot receive the Placement Allowance or Placement Bursary.