Erasmus+ Programme

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Erasmus+ is the European Union’s flagship educational exchange programme set up to encourage student mobility within Europe with an aim to boost the skills, employability and supporting the modernisation of education.

It can provide students with wonderful, life changing opportunities to either study and / or work abroad in Europe as part of an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at Reading.

Similar opportunities are available for Staff through the Teaching and Training streams of the Erasmus+ programme.

The Erasmus+ programme offers a framework and finances to encourage a range of cooperative education projects and activities,(including student and staff mobility), thereby promoting trans-national co-operation projects among universities across Europe and beyond. Practically, there are generous financial grants provided to participants by the European Commission through the University (to support student and staff mobility) as a contribution towards any extra costs incurred by undertaking a European placement. 

The programme consists of three main strands

  • Key Action 1: Learning Mobility of Individuals 
  • Key Action 2: Co-operation for Innovation and Exchange of Good Practices 
  • Key Action 3: Support for Policy Reform.

At present the UK is currently a Programme Country of the Erasmus+ programme. UK institutions’ access to the Erasmus+ programme will be decided through the UK government’s future negotiations with the EU. If this changes in the future then we will provide further information on our website and communicate with those potentially impacted. More information can be found in the government’s technical notice regarding Erasmus+. Please also see the University of Reading’s BREXIT Student FAQs page.

“… The University of Reading is committed to the internationalisation and mobility of its staff and students. The University’s Global Engagement Strategy has set an ambitious outward student mobility target of 20% by 2020 and to grow to 1/3rd of all UK based undergraduates by 2026 (the University’s centenary year). 

Erasmus+ is a vital component of our outward mobility strategy – not just for our modern language disciplines, but for a range of disciplines which utilise and benefit from the University’s Erasmus+ network of partners across the continent of Europe, and beyond. 

Reading is committed to encouraging and supporting both students and staff to gain an international experience as part of the Erasmus+ programme…”

Vincenzo Raimo (Pro-Vice Chancellor Global Engagement 2014-19)

Erasmus+ KA103

The University of Reading is proud to be a beneficiary and participate in the Erasmus+ KA103 programme – this provides opportunities for students and staff to undertake study and training placements at another university / organisation in participating programme countries:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway,  Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, UK.

These placements provide chances for participants to learn, acquire new skills and competencies, develop intercultural understanding and a multitude of soft skills.

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It is our institutional ambition to continue to increase and create opportunities for mutually beneficial mobility to and from our European partner institutions.

Erasmus+ KA107

KA107 International Credit Mobility takes place between HEIs in Programme and Partner Countries. Varying levels of European Union funding is available to support mobility activities to most regions of the world. Further information can be found at

The University of Reading has been awarded funds for two KA107 projects

  • project KA107-023688: University of Reading and Nazarbayev University,
    Kazakhstan (2016-18)
  • project KA107-035914: University of Reading with HEIs in Iran and Iraq (2017-19).
  • project KA107-078541: University of Reading with HEIs in Canada, Indonesia, Israel, Philippines, Russian Federation and Thailand (2020-23)
ECTS credit system

ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) is the credit system for higher education used by universities in the European Higher Education Area, involving all countries engaged in the Bologna Process. The credit system aims to make study programmes easier to understand and compare.

Credits are assigned to modules based on the student workload required to achieve the objectives of the particular course of study. A full-time workload for one year of undergraduate study is the equivalent of 60 ECTS. The simple conversion from ECTS to UK credits is 1 = 2.

See further information about ECTS

Documentation produced by the Erasmus & Study Abroad Office relating to incoming Study Abroad student’s placements at Reading (Erasmus+ or otherwise) will refer to ECTS as the standard default credit system. This includes Learning Agreements and Transcripts.

All module descriptions available from the Erasmus & Study Abroad website and online application will refer to the credit value of a given module in ECTS. The main University of Reading module description pages will refer to ECTS and UK credits.

Students who study abroad within Europe as part of the Erasmus+ programme will be awarded ECTS as part of their transcript of studies, which will be transferred into the student’s degree programme.

The University of Reading celebrated its long-standing participation in the Erasmus programme on 16 October 2020 – #ErasmusDays. Students, staff and alumni provided testimonials, videos and shared stories about their experiences, as well as a live Q&A session and social media quizzes. For more info please visit: https://studyabroad.reading.ac.uk/erasmusdays2020/