Outgoing Erasmus Students

Erasmus+ funds Higher Education student exchanges and work placements.


CAFRE has an Erasmus+ Charter which allows the college to draw down funding to support:

  • Foundation Degree students who complete work placements within the European Economic Area
  • Degree students who complete a period of study at another Higher Education Institute which holds an Erasmus Charter

What are the benefits of participating in Erasmus+?

Erasmus+ is a programme funded by the European Community to promote the mobility of Higher Education students within participating countries. CAFRE promotes international placements because they:

  • Develop employability skills and independent living which will enhance your future career prospects
  • Develop specialist practical and managerial enterprise skills that can be applied in Northern Ireland
  • Expose participants to different ways of working and innovative practices which will enhance employability
  • Expose you to different cultures

Who can take part?

If you are a Foundation Degree student you should be able to complete the work placement that is an integral component of your programme in a participating country. If you are a first or second year student on an Honours Degree programme you may be able to complete a period of study at another Higher Education Institute that holds an Erasmus Plus Charter. To confirm whether your course is suitable for Erasmus study, check with your programme manager.

In order to take part in Erasmus you must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Your study/work placement must be an integral part of your course
  • Your proposed placement must last a minimum of two months
  • Your proposed period of study must last one semester
  • You must not previously have received an Erasmus grant
  • You must be in good academic standing when you leave for your placement

What is an Erasmus+ Grant?

An Erasmus+ grant is paid to all Erasmus+ students to help with the additional cost of living abroad. There are three bands, each with a different grant rate, designed to reflect the relative cost of living in different European countries. The monthly Erasmus grant rate you receive is calculated according to the total duration of your work placement or period of study. These rates are set by the British Council and all outgoing Erasmus students from the UK receive the same rate.

You can go to any of the countries in the European Economic Area and FYR Macedonia or Turkey.

Funding rates

Group 1 countries Group 2 countries
Monthly payment if completing a period of study €300 €250
Monthly payment of completing a traineeship(work placement) €400 €350

The following countries fall into Group 1:

Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Norway and Sweden.

The following countries fall into Groups 2 & 3:

Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and Switzerland Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania and FYR Macedonia.

Do you need to know a foreign language?

Some partner institutes offer modules only in the language of the host country. Others offer modules taught in English. If the modules are taught in the language of the host institute, it is important that you have the required level of competence before you embark on your period of study.

The European Commission provides online language courses in French, German, Dutch Italian and Spanish. Additional support is available to cover language training in all other languages.

For further information on what training is available contact your Programme Manager.

How does the Erasmus+ programme contribute to your Foundation Degree?

Work placements are an integral component of all CAFRE Foundation Degrees and international placements are assessed in exactly the same way as placements completed within the UK.

All work placements are assessed through the completion of a reflective portfolio, employer feedback and feedback from your college tutor. Placements contribute 40 credits (20 ECTS credits) towards your Foundation Degree.

ECTS credits for study

How do you know if your prospective employer is suitable?

Prospective employers need to show that they have insurance cover, safe working systems and can nominate an appropriate supervisor to provide feedback on your performance.

What do you need to do?

Students prepare a learning agreement which identifies the knowledge and skills to be developed on placement and details the responsibilities of the college, employer and the student. This is agreed in advance and signed off by the student, employer and college representative.

Students are supported in finding suitable placements by tutors & for placements within EU, by the Erasmus+ Co-ordinator. Your tutor will assist you in preparing for placements and will maintain regular contact with you throughout the placement.

Incoming students who are studying at other Higher Education Institutes which also have an Erasmus+ Charter are eligible to apply to their institute for financial support to study at CAFRE.

Applicants interested in studying at CAFRE should contact the programme manager responsible for the programme they are interested in.

Non EU Students

CAFRE does not hold UK Border Agency approval to accept applications from anyone who is not a citizen of the European Union or European Economic Area.

How to apply

The application form can be obtained by emailing enquiries@cafre.ac.uk and putting Erasmus in the Subject line.

Complete Sections A and B of the grant application form. Print it off and sign section E then forward it to your Programme Manager.