Document Actions

Erasmus+ at Birkbeck

Erasmus+ is the European Union programme designed to promote exchange and mobility opportunities within the European Union for students and staff in higher education. The programme has been funded to run for 7 years (2014-2020), with an overall UK budget of €14.7 billion (an extra €1.68 billion has been allocated for exchanges between partner countries – outside the European Union).

Birkbeck is committed to implementing and managing the Erasmus+ programme. The Erasmus Charter for Higher Education that the College has been awarded highlights the fundamental principles that the College aims to adhere to in supporting and facilitating Erasmus+ mobility for incoming and outgoing participants.

Each year the College applies for funding to engage in Erasmus+. The funding received allows the College to send out a certain number of staff and students each academic year. Depending on funding levels, it may not be possible to support all mobility requests. If you have not previously advised the Erasmus+ of your intention to engage in mobility, please liaise with them prior to making arrangements to go abroad.

The College is currently supporting two Erasmus+ projects; the 2016 projects runs from June 2016 to May 2018 and the 2017 project runs from June 2017 to May 2019. The College has submitted a bid for funding for the 2018 project (June 2018 to May 2020) and expect to hear from Erasmus by end of April 2018.

Inter-institutional Agreements

Before any staff or student exchanges can take place, an inter-institutional agreement needs to be formed between an academic staff at Birkbeck and the academic staff at the proposed partner institution. Academics should avoid entering into a partnership based upon a student's request but should consider the strategic impact and benefits that the relationship will bring to Birkbeck and the students involved in the exchange.

The recommended procedure for the establishing new partnerships is for the department to complete a partner proposal form (prior to completing the inter-institutional agreement), and have these approved by the relevant Director of Operations or Head of Department. Following this, the inter-institutional agreement is submitted for approval to the Academic Registrar.

Current list of Inter-Institutional agreements.

Staff Mobility

The opportunity to complete a staff mobility activity abroad is available to both academic and professional staff members. Academic staff can teach abroad from 2 days to 2 months whilst a professional services staff can undertake a training experience such as job shadowing, attending training events (conferences are excluded), and develop their professional competencies and networks.

If you would like to participate in the scheme, please speak to your head of department or manager in the first instance and then contact the Erasmus Coordinator for further details.

Outgoing Academic Staff Procedure

Erasmus+ 2016 Operational Handbook

Erasmus+ Expenses claim form

Please use the form below to claim expenses:

Expenses Spreadsheet

Student Mobility

Student-facing Erasmus+ information is available on the main website


Further Information

Erasmus+ Glossary

For further information about Erasmus+, please contact the Erasmus Coordinator at