Erasmus+ Master Degree Loans are EU-guaranteed loans with favourable pay-back terms that can help you finance a Master course in an Erasmus+ Programme country.
The scheme is designed to support postgraduate students and protect them from student hardship with social safeguards including:
Currently the scheme is available through universities and banks in Spain, France, UK and Turkey for outgoing students from these countries pursuing postgraduate study abroad and students from other Programme countries going to Spain or UK for a Master course.
As more institutions from around Europe join the scheme, more destinations for postgraduate study will become available.
It is however not possible to say when exactly any particular country might be covered because the agreements with banks, student loan agencies and universities will be done gradually on a country by country basis.
You can receive a loan of up to €12,000 for a 1-year Master or up to €18,000 for a 2-year Master (or equivalent amounts in foreign currency for banks in non-Euro countries subject to currency fluctuations).
If you have completed a Bachelor-level (or equivalent) qualification and already been accepted onto a full Master programme in another Programme country, you may be able to benefit from a loan.
To be eligible you must live in a Programme country and your study destination cannot be in your country of residence or the country where you received your first qualification.
You can only receive a loan to study at a university holding the Erasmus+ Charter for Higher Education.
The loan is not available if you are only studying abroad for part of your Master qualification, though you may still qualify for an Erasmus+ grant.
The rate of interest charged on the loan will vary depending on which country the bank or institution lending the money is based. Nevertheless, the rate of interest will be lower than standard commercial rates.
To apply, address yourself to participating national banks, universities or student loan agencies.
MicroBank (the social bank of la Caixa) in Spain was the first bank to offer Erasmus+ Master Loans in 2015, targeting both outgoing and incoming Master students.
They were joined in September 2016 by Future Finance Loan Corporation (from Ireland) for Master students in and out of UK.
As of December 2016, outgoing students from Turkey can also apply to Finansbank.
In January 2017, the University of Luxembourg signed up to the Erasmus+ Master Loan scheme; it intends to allow Master students to defer payment of tuition fees and accommodation costs for two years. Check the university's website regularly for news on the availability of the scheme.
You have to apply through a branch of the banks, the university or online, submitting the following documentation:
For the terms and conditions of their Erasmus+ Master Loans, please visit:
More information on the Erasmus+ Master Degree Loan.
Background information on Erasmus+ Degree Master Loans is available from the European Investment Fund.
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