Riding a sled in the Finnish snow in-between lectures or basking in the sun at the Spanish Costa after a hard day's work during an internship. No less than ten million people have already taken advantage of the Erasmus+ grant programme to gain experience abroad, and each year there are also opportunities for Saxion students and lecturers.
Erasmus+ is a European grant programme for educational programmes, training, youth and sports. It focuses on young people, students, lecturers and professionals and offers them the opportunity to follow part of their studies, do an internship or do volunteer work within or partly outside Europe. In addition, Erasmus+ supports organisations that join international partnerships to work on projects. In this way, it tries to contribute to economic growth, employment, equal opportunities and inclusion in Europe.
Budget has doubled
In 1987, the programme awarded grants to more than three thousand students. Currently, some 900,000 scholarships are being awarded annually. Recently, the ten millionth participant registered. In the 2017-2019 period, a total of 524 Saxion students and lecturers went abroad on a temporary basis via the Erasmus+ programme. This number is expected to rise in the coming years, partly because the European Commission announced last year that the budget for Erasmus+ was going to be doubled. Saxion was able to accept all applications last year.
Applying for an Erasmus+ grant
Do you want to study or do an internship abroad in Europe during the 2019-2020 academic year and will you be leaving between 1 June 2019 and 30 October 2019? Then request an Erasmus+ grant by 15 July 2019 at the latest. Even if your plans are not completely final yet, you must apply before this date by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that the Erasmus+ grant must be applied for at least four weeks before departure, in connection with the documents that have to be submitted before leaving.