The ERASMUS+ programme (EuRopean community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students) was originally established as the SOCRATES programme in 1987. It has proved to be one of the most successful projects of the European Union and now offers a wider range of opportunities under the new ERASMUS+ programme.
The main aim of the ERASMUS+ programme is to improve students' skills and ultimately their employability as well as to support the modernisation of education and training systems across Europe. The University of Limerick has participated in the programme since 1988 and has the largest outgoing ERASMUS+ programme in Ireland. In 2018, we were also delighted to be awarded Best Erasmus Programme at the Irish Education Awards.
The University’s links with 300 partner institutions in 30 EU countries ensures that students can choose from a wide range of possibilities. Most Humanities degrees include an integrated Erasmus academic placement. Other degrees offer an Erasmus exchange in place of a Cooperative Education placement. A grant is paid for study within Europe. This grant should not affect any other grant funding, for example, the SUSI grant (Please contact our office for further advice on this).