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Erasmus - the EU's flagship education programme - enables 200,000 students to study abroad each year. Students from the EU, EEA and Turkey have a straightforward route to spend between three and twelve months studying in an Irish higher education institution as part of their course.

Erasmus is part of the EU's Lifelong Learning Programme and has expanded since 2007 to include teacher and staff mobility. Since the programme began in 1987, almost two million students have participated in semester or year long exchanges to broaden both their studies and cultural experiences.

Successful applicants for the exchange programme receive a study grant toward the costs and do not pay fees at their chosen institution. Courses undertaken in Ireland are recognised within the student's final degree award under the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Institutions in 31 countries participate in the programme and there are variations in the applications process between them. You should contact your college's International Office for advice.

Erasmus can also support students who want to spend periods on work placement in Ireland.