Study abroad in Europe - Erasmus+

As a student at MDU, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships for your studies abroad in Europe within the framework of the Erasmus+ program.

The scholarship is a financial aid aimed at covering additional costs associated with studying abroad. The scholarship amount is calculated monthly, including any additional days, and varies depending on the country you travel to. It's important to note that the Erasmus scholarship only applies for the days you actually study on-site in the country you visit. If you study remotely from Sweden or another country, it's not covered by the scholarship.

For the academic year 2023/2024, the scholarship amounts are as follows:

Countries with high living costs (Group 1)

  • Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway

You receive 510 euros per month or 17 euros per day (EU Commission estimates 30 days per month).

Countries with medium living costs (Group 2)

  • Belgium, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Germany, Austria

You receive 460 euros per month or 15.33 euros per day (EU Commission estimates 30 days per month).

Countries with low living costs (Group 3)

  • Bulgaria, Estonia, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Turkey, Hungary

You receive 460 euros per month or 15.33 euros per day (EU Commission estimates 30 days per month).

Your Erasmus scholarship will be paid out in two parts, and it will be in Swedish kronor.

The first payment covers 70 percent of the total scholarship amount that we have calculated based on the number of days stated in your "Grant agreement" document. To receive this first payment, you need to do the following:

  • Complete the language test that Erasmus+ requires of its students.
  • Send in your signed Grant Agreement to exchange@mdu.se.
  • Send the "Certificate of Arrival" document, which must be signed by the university you are studying at, to MDU.

The second part of the scholarship, which amounts to approximately 30 percent of the total amount, will be paid to you after your exchange program has ended. To receive this payment, you need to:

  • Send the document "Certificate of Attendance" to exchange@mdu.se. This document must be signed and stamped by your exchange university.
  • Respond to the "Participant Report", a mandatory survey from the EU Commission. You will receive this survey via email directly from the system. Remember to check your junk mail folder after your exchange program ends, so you don't miss the survey.

To ensure that you receive your money on time, it is important that you plan and act in good time. Expect it to take at least three weeks from the time you have submitted all necessary documents until the money is in your bank account.

Learning Agreement

A Learning Agreement is an agreement between MDU, you as a student, and the university you will study at. The purpose of the agreement is to ensure that the courses you take at the other university can be counted towards your degree here.

Your Learning Agreement must be completed and signed by all parties involved before your exchange period begins. Contact the international coordinator at your school for more information.

Language Test

All students who go on exchange with Erasmus+ must take a language test before departure. You will receive a link to the language test via email, so remember to check your spam folder as well. Note that the result of the language test has no influence on your exchange. You will have to take the same test after your exchange because the EU provides statistics on students' language development.

Certificate of Arrival

The Certificate of Arrival is a document that shows you have arrived at your exchange university. This signed document must be sent to MDU when your exchange has started and must be signed by the university you are at. Your scholarship is calculated based on the number of months and days indicated in the arrival certificate.

Grant agreement

To receive your Erasmus scholarship during the exchange, you need to complete and sign an Erasmus agreement of terms. Both you and the international coordinator at MDU must sign the agreement.

Certificate of Attendance

The final attendance certificate is a document you send in when your full-time studies are completed. It must be signed and stamped by the university you have been on exchange with, and then sent to MDU. If your exchange period was longer or shorter than planned, your scholarship will be adjusted, and the total scholarship amount will be adjusted for the second payment.

Participant Report

The Participant Report is an electronic survey from the EU Commission sent to you via email in connection with the end of your exchange. You must answer this survey to receive the last part of your scholarship.

If you have been granted an exchange opportunity through the Erasmus+ agreement, you can apply for the Erasmus+ scholarship for studies. The scholarship is a contribution meant to cover costs associated with studying abroad, but it's not meant to cover all expenses. To be granted the Erasmus+ scholarship, there are certain conditions that must be met:

  • You must be a registered and active student at Mälardalen University (MDU) and aim to complete a degree.
  • You must have been nominated for an Erasmus+ exchange program through MDU.
  • You need to create a study plan, called Learning Agreement, which includes the courses you plan to take at the host university.
  • Your studies abroad must be approved and counted towards your degree at MDU.
  • You need to be a full time student at MDU.
  • Your study period abroad must be at least 2 months and may not exceed 12 months.

If you receive an Erasmus+ scholarship and then break the terms and conditions, you risk being liable for a repayment of the grant.

If you, as a student, have a lasting disability, which includes disabilities caused by physical or mental health problems, you have the opportunity to receive extra financial support during your studies abroad through the Erasmus+ program. This can mean educational support or special adjustments to facilitate your studies.

If you participate in an Erasmus exchange and meet the above criteria, you are entitled to extra financial support. This extra support is €250 per month and comes on top of the regular Erasmus scholarship.

  • If you have already received a decision on support from Mälardalen University (MDU), you should contact the international coordinator at the International Relations Office. You can do this by sending an email to exchange@mdu.se.
  • If you have not yet received a decision on support, you should contact the coordinator for educational support at MDU. You can find more information and get further instructions on MDU's website about studying with a disability.

If you are a student, participating in the Erasmus+ exchange program, and have children under 18 years, you are entitled to additional financial support. This applies regardless of whether your child accompanies you during the exchange or not.

You will receive an extra 250 EUR per month, in addition to the regular scholarship amount. To apply for this additional support, you need to present a family certificate from Skatteverket. If you need more information or guidance, please contact us at exchange@mdu.se.

One of the Erasmus+ program's four priority areas for the period 2021-2027 is sustainability. To encourage sustainable travel, an additional contribution, called "green travel top-up", of 50 EUR in addition to the regular scholarship is offered.

This applies to students who choose sustainable means of transportation to and from their exchange. For your journey to be considered sustainable, you must choose green modes of transportation for both your outward and return trips.

You can travel by train, bus, or carpooling. Please note that air travel is not considered sustainable. To benefit from this additional contribution, you need to provide proof of your travel, for example, through tickets or booking confirmations. For more information, contact exchange@mdu.se.

Additional costs may arise for specially adapted support, but these can always be covered by other means. Here are some examples of what these costs might include:

  • Personal educational support: This can be a mentor, specially adapted examinations, adapted course literature or help with taking notes.
  • Practical needs: This may involve costs for travel, accommodation, having an assistant or companion with you, as well as medical follow-up or medical examinations in the country you are studying.

Your opportunities

As a student, you are responsible for arranging the extra support you might need outside of your studies. This can include:

  • Daily assistance: This could be reading, travel, or visits to the psychologist.
  • Personal assistance devices: You might need a personal computer with special software, physiotherapy, a wheelchair, or adapted housing.

Prepare yourself

It's essential to start planning your exchange year well in advance. Here are some steps you can take:

  • Contact the Support Center for Educational Support: Discuss your plans and the support you may need.
  • Inform the International Coordinator: Notify the coordinator about your disability and describe how it affects your studies, and discuss the support you can receive from the host university.