Are you interested in spending some time in Europe during your degree at York? If so, Erasmus, which is part of the European Union's Lifelong Learning Programme is the scheme for you.
In some cases, the period abroad forms part of a four-year course with a built-in year in Europe. In other cases you may apply to spend part of your second year at a partner university elsewhere in Europe.
Students on Erasmus exchange programmes may be eligible to receive grants towards the cost of travel and living expenses although these cannot be guaranteed.
EILCs, which are centrally organised by Erasmus, are held at participating institutions in summer and winter vacations. Students on EILCs enjoy a fee-waiver and qualify for an Erasmus grant to help towards living expenses. However, EILCs are only organised for less widely spoken scheme languages (ie not French, German or Spanish). Details of EILCs are sent to departments in March or April. If you are going on exchange outside France, Germany or Spain, you may wish to ask your Coordinator about the EILC programme at this time.
For full information on how to apply for an EILC before your Erasmus exchange, please visit the European Commission website.
A completed EILC Application 2013-14 (MS Word , 131kb) should be sent electronically to the Study Abroad Office (firstname.lastname@example.org). The electronic form will then be forwarded to the EILC host institution(s) nominated on the form.
The deadline for the Study Abroad Office to receive the application forms is Friday 31 May 2013. Applications must be made through the Study Abroad Office.
Other language courses
Otherwise, your host institution may be organising pre-sessional language courses for incoming exchange students. Remember that even if your exchange modules will be taught in English, it will still be useful to have a basic grasp of the local language for social purposes.
The University of York holds an extended European Charter for the LLP which enables us to enter into agreements to send students to European study partners and organisations between 2007 and 2013.
Our European Policy Statement (MS Word , 34kb) describes how the University of York will support and encourage students and staff wishing to take part in this mobility opportunity.
Our Erasmus Society have created a website for students to access news on social events, the buddying scheme, and more about Erasmus from those who have experienced it.