Find out what life is really like for an Erasmus student!
There are a number of benefits to taking a period of study or work abroad.
Although challenging, the experience can be extremely rewarding and you will develop your knowledge and skills by learning in a different social and cultural context.
While it is always a good idea to learn the language of any country you might study in - all RGU students who undertake a study abroad period will be taught in English!
What's more, students undertaking an Erasmus exchange (either study or work) may be entitled to receive a grant from the European Commission! All the credits you earn abroad will even count toward your RGU degree!
Not only that but a 2009 study found that 29% of students who had studied abroad were earning over £20,000, compared to 17% of students who had not studied abroad. The figure was even higher (37%) for students who had participated in an overseas work placement.
If you wish to take part in the Erasmus programme, or other Student Exchanges you can find application forms and other practical information on this page.
Who, Where & Why?
Who Can Go?
There are no nationality restrictions on students who wish to participate in Erasmus. However, you cannot be in the first year, or in the majority of cases, in the final year of your degree.
Where Can I Go?
Not all courses offer the opportunity to study or work abroad, find out where you can go.
Stand Out in the Job Market
The job market nowadays is an international one, so when you graduate, not only will you be competing with UK graduates, but also with highly qualified graduates from other countries. In this multi-cultural, multi-lingual European job market, the ability to communicate in another language is highly desirable; and demonstrating that you have lived, studied and worked in another environment enables you to compete more effectively. Developing self-assurance and independence are the keys to a successful career.
Mobility is a fact of life - we live in a mobile world where people travel in increasing numbers - it affects our work, our pleasure, our food, our law, our environment and our society. Erasmus prepares you for this mobile world.
A different outlook
The Erasmus Programme offers you the chance to study your subject in different contexts, with different teachers and different class mates. You’ll be surprised by the different approach and the insights that students from other countries can bring. It’s both challenging and highly rewarding.
The Erasmus experience will enhance your personal development, your job opportunities, your confidence, and your enjoyment of life. Erasmus students are not tourists - you'll live and participate in the day to day life of the country you choose. Living and studying in a new country is a challenge – you will find yourself facing new and unexpected situations. Overcoming these obstacles and learning to manage your life within another culture brings maturity, confidence and self-reliance – great life skills.
Not only will you acquire a broader range of skills to offer a future employer, but you’ll have fun doing it. Erasmus students say it is the best part of their time at university, after all nearly one in ten find their life partner while doing their Erasmus programme.
So, discover a different culture, make new friends from all over Europe, learn a foreign language and do something that will look great on your CV.
Find out which European institutions RGU collaborates with for the Erasmus programme
How to apply for study abroad
Practical Information for Outgoing RGU Students
Find the International Exchange Co-ordinators in your School
Tell us about your Erasmus experience to help improve the services we provide.
Contact details for the Erasmus and Exchange office at RGU
“Through the Erasmus programme I was able to spend time studying in the Netherlands which gave me an interesting insight to nursing in another country. From there I was also able to visit other European cities like Brussels, Liege, Stockholm and Helsinki.”
Abdul Conteh - Erasmus Student Nursing BN (Hons)
“Taking part in the Erasmus programme and has been a highly beneficial life experience. It allows you learn about new cultures, meet new people and learn to work and adapt to these changes. I believe my study abroad experience helped me secure my job as it gave me the skills required for the role. I highly encourage anyone thinking of doing study abroad to do so.”
Lucy Ritchie - Erasmus Student Management with Marketing BA (Hons)
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