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International Office. ERASMUS COORDINATORS 2011-2012. www.le.ac.uk/international. What is Erasmus?. Funded by the European Commission. The most well-known inter-national student and staff exchange scheme, having sent well over 2 million students abroad since 1987.

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www le ac uk international
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what is erasmus
What is Erasmus?
  • Funded by the European Commission.
  • The most well-known inter-national student and staff exchange scheme, having sent well over 2 million students abroad since 1987.
  • Aims to foster a greater sense of European identity and ultimately strengthen Europe as a knowledge-based world economy.
  • Participating countries are EU and EEA/EFTA members, Switzerland, Croatia, Macedonia & Turkey.

What isn’t Erasmus?

  • Non-European mobility, eg. Leicester’s Study Abroad programme
  • Erasmus Mundus – this is a separate strand of the LLP, but with a similar name! Nor are we Comenius, Leonardo, Grundtvig, or Transversal.
  • Erasmus can’t fund staff Research exchanges.
  • Erasmus incoming work placements are not administered by the Leicester Erasmus Team.
erasmus team
Erasmus Team
  • Who are we?
    • Nalina Pattni, Erasmus Assistant
    • Laura Nieminen, Erasmus Intern
    • Cleo Bowen, Erasmus Institutional Coordinator
    • Natalie Cunningham (Finance & Bilateral Agreements)
  • Contact:
    • Email: [email protected]
    • Tel: x5142 or x2476
    • International Office, 2nd Floor, Astley Clarke Building (Entrance 1)
erasmus departmental coordinator s role
Erasmus Departmental Coordinator’s Role
  • Support Erasmus at departmental level
  • Encourage and inform students who want to take part in Erasmus
  • Approve students’ module selection
  • Allocate outgoing students to partner universities
  • Advise on academic/accreditation matters
  • Lots more!
erasmus at leicester
Erasmus at Leicester

In 2010-11:

We had 234 (168 FTE) Erasmus students at Leicester from: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Spain, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland.

We sent 154 Leicester students to European universities (or placements) in:

Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands.

erasmus at leicester 2011 2012
Erasmus at Leicester 2011-2012
  • 134 students outgoing
  • 257 incoming (187.5 FTE)
  • Erasmus Student Feedback shows
    • Good experience, language skills, cultural awareness and independence rank top.
    • Accommodation, communication and prior information biggest hurdles.
  • 2011-12 Erasmus Ambassadors (46 so far!) – returning students keen to help with Erasmus promotion across University
  • Approx 20 Staff Exchanges
erasmus tuition fees new
Erasmus Tuition Fees – NEW!

There will never be any tuition fee to the Erasmus Host University; some fees payable to Leicester.

  • Year Abroad Students in 2011/12 (now):

Tuition fees waived by HEFCE.

  • Year Abroad Students in 2012/13 and 2013/14:

Tuition fee waiver anticipated* by HEFCE, if not £1,250 fees to University of Leicester. Decision by Jan 2012.

  • Year Abroad Students in 2014/15 onwards (starting under new fee regime):

£1,250 tuition fees to the University of Leicester.

*from draft consultation only

funding for language classes new
Funding for Language Classes – NEW!

Language Learning in the UK

year 2 of study at Leicester.

  • Students can look for classes locally if not

available at [email protected] Will also be subsidised 50% (within reason)

In-Country Language Learning

  • Official EILCs (Erasmus Intensive Language Classes) – free of charge, additional Erasmus grant allocated to participants. Very competitive, a place not guaranteed.
  • ILCs (other Intensive Language Classes) eg. run by host university – no longer eligible for additional Erasmus grant, tuition fees reimbursed by Leicester in July before departure. Good value!
erasmus student grants new
Erasmus Student Grants – NEW!
  • During the Erasmus period, all participants (regardless of nationality) are entitled.
  • On average, a student spending 9 months (1 year) abroad in 2010-11 received £2,900 in Erasmus Grant
  • The grant is paid in 2 instalments:
    • Payment 1 = end October
    • Payment 2 = end July

NEW Supplementary funding for specific groups

    • Country-specific: €400 to students going to Cyprus, Greece, Lithuania, Malta, Poland or Turkey.
    • Widening Participation: €500 to students from low-income families.

We expect to pay these in 2012

student financial help new
Student Financial Help – NEW!
  • Students abroad with financial worries can still contact the University’s Student Welfare Team for advice and support.

Hardship Fund

  • As of 2011-12, there will now be a hardship fund specifically for Leicester students abroad, should they need financial help during their Erasmus exchange.
  • This will be assessed and administered by the Student Welfare Office.
erasmus staff mobility
Erasmus Staff Mobility

Two Options:

  • Teaching Mobility for academic/teaching staff
  • Training Mobility for any member of staff
  • 1-6 week exchange
  • Travel and expenses reimbursed
  • Apply ASAP and before Christmas 2011!

Details and criteria:


student staff guidance
Student & Staff Guidance
  • Student Blackboard site, information meetings and pre-departure sessions.
  • Staff Blackboard site.
  • New IO Website
  • Coordinators’ Handbook – NEW!
    • Timeline
    • Responsibilities
    • Student FAQs
    • Procedures
  • New ‘plone’ format 
  • Areas divided into incoming/outgoing.
  • Step-by-step processes.
  • Outgoing area focuses on students who have not yet committed.
  • Dedicated area for staff mobility (staff login required).