Studying abroad for one or two semesters is an opportunity that has become more and more popular over the past thirty years. With the Erasmus+ program, there are many possibilities, particularly within the European Union. However, you can also go further and study outside of Europe. Like Bilbo the Hobbit, you will be marked by this memorable experience and you will grow out of it. Here is a short guide explaining what to do to study or do an internship outside Europe. More useful information about Erasmus exchange can be found here in our Erasmus guide 2019.
Is it possible to study/do an internship outside of Europe with Erasmus+?
If you wish to study abroad as part of Erasmus+ you have two options:
- You are going to a country participating in the Erasmus+ program: These are the European Union countries (including the UK), in addition to Iceland, North Macedonia, Lichtenstein, Norway, Serbia and Turkey.
- You are going to a partner country: This is the other countries, scattered all over the world. To find out which ones are included, please click on this link.
While Programme countries are admitted for all exchanges with Erasmus +; countries outside Europe are subject to certain restrictions. It is, therefore, possible to study or work outside Europe, even if the admission criteria are stricter.
What to do to study or work abroad?
Whether you go to study in Europe or outside of Europe, there are some things that do not change. In both cases, careful preparation is necessary:
- Apply for Erasmus+ Global mobility in your university: Ask your university for Erasmus+ Global possibilities and fill out the necessary paperwork to apply. When you are approved and the grant is confirmed, start thinking about all the next things on this list.
- Finding accommodation: in some universities, you have two options. You can choose to live on campus or look for a shared apartment near the school. It all depends on your budget.
- Get insurances: In Europe, you have the European Health Insurance Card. This is a document that allows you to benefit from care during your stay in one of the 28 countries of the European Union (in addition to Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland). To learn more about EHIC, click here. However, all this does not exempt you from taking repatriation insurance or insuring your flight tickets.
- Talking with your banker: You can discuss with him about the usefulness of opening an account abroad.
Last modified: August 26, 2019