European work placements

  • erasmus

    Stand out from the crowd - take a European work placement as part of your studies.

    Access to Erasmus+ funding is dependent on the UK's position on the Erasmus+ programme.

  • european work placements main
  • Access to Erasmus+ funding is dependent on the UK's position on the Erasmus+ programme.


    Erasmus+ grants for work placements can be paid to students:

    • Registered in and studying at higher education institutions (HEIs) which hold an Erasmus+ Charter for Higher Education (ECHE)
    • Students with a severe disability or exceptional special needs may be able to access extra funding to cover additional costs associated with studying or working in Europe through the Erasmus+ programme. Please contact for further information.

    Students undertaking work placements may be in any year of study and are eligible for a total of 12 months mobility, exchange and/or work placement (funded or unfunded) during each cycle of higher education (undergraduate/masters/doctorate).

    Work placements are periods of work and training undertaken in an enterprise or any other workplace relevant to the student’s higher education. A wide variety of organisations may act as a host, provided that the placement contributes to the student’s course of study.

    The following types of organisation are not eligible as host organisations:

    • EU bodies including specialised agencies
    • Organisations managing EU programmes (such as National Agencies) in order to avoid possible conflict of interests and/or double funding

    Students studying the following subjects are able to take advantage of this programme:

    • Applied Languages
    • Engineering
    • Nursing (Adult and Adult and Mental Health)
    • Oxford Brookes Business School undergraduate programmes (optional placement year)
    • Oxford School of Hospitality Management (optional placement year)
    • Physiotherapy
    Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Ireland, Greece, Spain, France, Croatia, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland, Sweden, North Macedonia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey, Serbia
    Erasmus+ work placements must be for a minimum of two months and a maximum of 12 months.

    Access to Erasmus+ funding is dependent on the UK's position on the Erasmus+ programme.

    The Erasmus+ programme is the European Union's flagship educational exchange programme for higher education institutions. It was set up with the aim of encouraging students and staff to undertake periods of work or study throughout Europe and it involves the cooperation between the universities of 33 countries. Further information about the programme can be found on the British Council website.

    Through Erasmus+, students are eligible to receive a grant, which comes from the European Commission in Brussels, through the UK National Agency (British Council). The amount of the grant is determined by the country of destination and the length of the period of study or work placement. The funding is a contribution towards the costs of living abroad, but will not cover all expenses incurred. It is not means tested.

    In order to access the grant you will need to complete all the compulsory Erasmus+ forms for each exchange you undertake.

    We hold many events throughout the year where you can meet the study abroad and exchanges team and learn more about opportunities to study or work overseas.