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Erasmus+ grants 

If your traineeship or study abroad period takes place within Europe, you may qualify for a mobility grant under the Erasmus+ Programme. The grant is a contribution to cover the extra travel and living costs abroad. The amount of the award depends on the length of your mobility period and the country of destination.

The budget is limited and applying for an Erasmus+ grant does not guarantee awarding of the grant. Late applications after the deadline have a smaller chance to be rewarded and will only be considered as long as the budget allows.

Participant countries
All 28 member states of the European Union participate in Erasmus+, as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, FYR of Macedonia, Norway, Turkey and the overseas territories of all these countries. However, eligibility of actual destinations depends on the agreements the university or your faculty has made with institutions and companies abroad.

Grant amount
Application and deadlines
Report requirements at the end of your Erasmus+ period

In order to qualify for a grant, you must:

  • be registered in a study programme* at bachelor or masters level, or for a supplementary/doctorate programme, which culminates with a diploma from a recognized institution of higher education (pre-master not applicable);
  • have successfully completed a first year of higher education studies and started the second year;
  • be following a full-time study, research or traineeship programme at the receiving institution/enterprise abroad;
  • register for a full-time study/work load at the receiving institution:

for studies

a minimum of 22.5 ECTS per semester;
15 ECTS minimum in case of a trimester system (max 3 months grant!)

for traineeships

a minimum of 5 ECTS per month abroad and 22.5 in case of a semester (according to the UU academic calendar)

Programme criteria:

  • your sending/home institution needs to hold an Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE). Utrecht University has been awarded an ECHE, based on the university's ECHE Policy Statement;
  • in case of studies (courses) at a university abroad, the receiving institution needs to hold an ECHE as well;
  • the traineeship or courses taken at the receiving institution/enterprise must be integrated and recognized in your study programme in Utrecht*;
  • a study programme must be at least three months long and a traineeship must have a minimum duration of two months.
  • each Erasmus+ grantee must undertake a language assessment both before and at the end of the mobility period in order to monitor progress in language competences. Exceptions are made if the language of instruction (studies) or communication (traineeship) is not English, French, German, Italian or Spanish and for native speakers in these languages.

* Students in their last year before graduation can also apply for an Erasmus+ grant to do a Traineeship within the first year after graduation. Please contact your International Office or


  • Under Erasmus+ the same student may receive grants for mobility periods totalling up to 12 months maximum** in each cycle of study (bachelor, master, PhD), irrespective of the number and type of mobility activities.
  • Utrecht University does not award Erasmus+ Traineeship grants to students who will receive an internship allowance as high as the grant amount (see below) or more per month from the receiving organisation.
  • For budgetary reasons Utrecht University can give grants for traineeships as part of a UU degree programme priority over traineeship grants for recent graduates.
  • Traineeships at the European Union institutions and National Agencies for Erasmus+ are not eligible for Erasmus+ grants.

** Note: Erasmus LLP grants awarded to the student between 2007 and 2014 are taken into account as well!

Grant amount
The grant amounts per month for 2014-2015 have been determined by the National Agency Erasmus+. In the table below you will find the amounts per study/traineeship month for each of the three country groups.

Prior to departure (if possible) you will receive 70% of the total grant amount: the monthly amount for each full month abroad plus 1/30 of the stated amount for each additional day. The subsequent payment of 30% will be disbursed in September/October 2015 at the latest, supposing all (report) criteria are met. If you do not submit a complete and correct Erasmus+ report file you must refund the entire grant. 


Group 1 - Programme countries with higher living costs

for studies

for traineeships

Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Lichtenstein, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom



Group 2 - Programme countries with medium living costs



Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey



Group 3 - Programme countries with lower living costs



Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, FYR of Macedonia, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia




Application and deadlines

Report requirements at the end of your Erasmus+ period

Disclaimer: The information above is provided by Utrecht University; the National Agency Erasmus+ and the European Commission take no responsibility for the contents.