Funding for Erasmus+

Tuition fees

As an Erasmus+ exchange student you will not pay tuition fees to the institution abroad. The Go Global Team can inform and advise students on Tuition Fee Liability. 

The documents below have the most recent information. You must ensure that you notify your funding body of your intention to go abroad.

Please contact the Go Global: Erasmus+ Team if you have any further queries on tuition fees.

Erasmus+ Grant

Most Erasmus+ students are eligible to receive an Erasmus+ grant provided by the European Commission. This contributes towards the extra costs arising from studying or working abroad for credit. It is not a loan and is not means-tested. The grant will not meet all costs so please budget accordingly.

Erasmus+ grant rates are determined by the British Council (the UK Erasmus+ National Agency) and not Heriot-Watt. Grants are calculated on a monthly rate which will vary each year.

For 2015-16, the grant rates are as follows:

  • €300 per month for study placement / €400 per month for work placement in a higher cost of living country such as Austria, Finland, France, Italy or Sweden.
  • €250 per month for study placement / €350 per month for work placement in a lower cost of living country such as Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, Poland, Romania or Spain.

Although the grant is set at a monthly rate, Heriot-Watt will pay the grant in two instalments:

  • The first instalment (approximately 70% of the whole grant) is paid usually by mid-October to all students who have returned the necessary Erasmus+ documentation.
  • The remaining grant is paid in one final instalment at the end of the placement on receipt of all necessary Erasmus+ documentation.

Erasmus+ grants can be paid in Pounds Sterling or in Euros, directly into your bank account.

If you come home earlier than expected from your placement abroad, you may have to return some, or all, of the Erasmus+ grant. This will depend on individual circumstances. You must notify the Go Global: Erasmus+ Team and your academic co-ordinator immediately if you wish to leave your placement for any reason.

Erasmus+ Mundus Joint Masters programme

You may be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant if you are on an Erasmus+ Mundus Joint Masters programme. The usual criteria for eligibility are:

  • you must be enrolled at Heriot-Watt University,
  • Heriot-Watt must be the first institution you are enrolled at and you must graduate at Heriot-Watt,
  • you have not received an Erasmus+ Mundus Scholarship before,
  • you have not received an Erasmus+ study mobility grant before.

If you are eligible, you will receive the Erasmus+ grant for the duration you are away at your placements abroad. This funding is provided to assist with the costs of study when students are away from the home institution.