The Erasmus Programme

The Erasmus programme was launched in June 1987 and in 2012 celebrated its 25th anniversary. It is one of the best-known Community actions and addresses the teaching and learning needs of all those in formal higher education and vocational education and training at tertiary level. It supports the achievement of a European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and reinforces the contribution of higher education and advanced vocational education to the process of innovation.

Erasmus centralised actions support transnational cooperation among higher education institutions and other relevant stakeholders across Europe through multilateral projects, including projects designed to reach out to the world of business, as well as networks and accompanying measures.

The EACEA also manages other actions related to the European Higher Education Area, such as the Erasmus University Charter, the selection of the National Teams of Bologna Experts, the selection of ECTS & DS Labels, and the NARIC Network.

SWC and the Extended Erasmus University Charter

SWC currently holds an Extended Erasmus University Charter (EEUC). The Erasmus University Charter is, in effect, an 'entry-ticket' into the Erasmus programme. The Extended Charter allows both staff and student mobility’s, (travel opportunities), for example it provides funding to assist...
  • Staff to get teaching experience in Europe
  • Staff to receive training in Europe
  • Students to get a work placement in Europe
South West College staff, both teaching and administrative, can take part in the Erasmus programme.

Staff teaching assignments in Europe

Teaching staff can apply for funding for a teaching assignment within Europe, but outside of the UK, at a Higher Education Institute holding a similar Erasmus Charter to South West College.

The eligible duration of the activity is from 2 days to 2 months excluding travel time. In all cases a teaching activity has to comprise a minimum 8 hours of teaching per week, (or any lower period of stay).
Funding is available to support travel costs as well as a daily rate of subsistence which varies depending on the country visited.

Staff training assignments in Europe – teaching and non-teaching staff

Teaching and non-teaching staff can apply for funding to take part in training, attend seminars, undertake short secondments, job-shadow, etc. at approved Higher Education Institutions or any private or public sector organisation active in the labour market within Europe but outside of the UK.
The eligible duration of the activity is from 2 days to 2 months excluding travel time.
Funding is available to support travel costs as well as a daily rate of subsistence which varies depending on the country visited.

To support this activity South West College currently has signed inter-institutional agreements with the following Higher Education Institutions;
  • Hotel Escuela, Madrid, Spain (
  • Lycée des métiers de l’hôtellerie et du tourisme Alexandre Dumas de Strasbourg-Illkirch,  France (
  • Ilerna, Lleida, Spain (
  • International Business Academy, Denmark (

Student Opportunities in Higher Education

South West College Higher Education students can take part in the Erasmus programme.

Complete a traineeship in Europe, but outside of the UK

If you are studying for a Degree, Foundation Degree and/or HND or HNC then you can receive a grant to complete a work placement within Europe. Part time students are also eligible to participate in Erasmus placements providing they work full time during their mobility period

Recent Higher Education graduates may participate in traineeships too but they must be selected by South West College during their last year of study and must carry out and complete their traineeship abroad within one year of completing their graduation.

Traineeships must be from a minimum of 2 months to a maximum of 12 months.
Students will receive an EU grant as a contribution to their costs for travel and subsistence during the period of traineeship abroad.  As a guide only, the funding amounts available generally, yet subject to change, equate to €400-€500 per month per student.

Please note that all the funded opportunities described above are limited to a maximum number.
Staff and students availing of funding must submit an evaluative report at the end of their period of study, training, etc. as well as complete the necessary pre-trip documentation.

Please contact for further information.
Download the ​Erasmus Charter for Higher Education 2014-2020
Download the Erasmus Policy Statement