To ensure that students or staff with special needs can take full advantage of the European mobility arrangements, the ERASMUS programme pays particular attention to guidance, reception, physical accessibility, pedagogical and technical support services, and, especially, financing of the extra costs.
What grant is available?
Your ERASMUS grant is higher than the normal study or placement grant to offset the specific difficulties with which you are faced (such as physical access and the organisation and content of teaching).
How to apply
- Ask the ERASMUS coordinator of your home Higher education institution about the application procedure in your home country (application deadline, where you can obtain the application form, where to submit your application form etc.)
- You have to fill in a form describing your disability/special need and additional requirements it entails, as well as a detailed cost estimate of the financial support you will need.
- Your application shall include a statement delivered by an authorised instance or institution attesting the handicap and its degree of severity, its impact on the mobility and an estimation of the additional costs for your participation in the mobility programme.
- Hand in your application to your home Higher education institution or to the National Agency for the Lifelong Learning Programme of your country (depending on the procedure in your home country).
- Your home Higher education institution or National Agency will assess your application and will decide on the additional amount you may receive.
- If you are entitled to an additional grant, you will have to sign a grant agreement which clarifies your rights and duties.
- After your study or placement period you will have to report the precise amount of your additional expenses and provide evidence with invoices. Your grant agreement will contain the specific rules concerning this report.
Where to obtain further information?
- To find out information on the sort of facilities available at your host Higher education institution before going abroad, you can get into direct contact with the person who is responsible for these matters at your prospective host Higher education institution. The international relations office of your home university should assist you hereby.
- Useful information can be found on the website http://www.studyabroadwithoutlimits.eu, which currently covers five countries.
- You should also ask your National Agency to provide you with more information on specific issues that are of concern to you when planning your study period abroad.
- The "European Agency for Development in Special Needs Education" provides a network of contact persons, appointed by the Ministries in each of the EU/EEA countries, who are available to answer questions and give advice on issues concerning special equipment and facilities for disabled students. .
In general, your home Higher education institution should ensure that the necessary arrangements are being made at the host institution to meet your specific needs.