Université d'Orléans

How to fund your study-abroad

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If you are pursuing part of your studies or a mandatory internship abroad, you can benefit from various sources of financial aid.

What assistance can I request?

According to your destination, the programme in which you will be participating and the length of your stay abroad, you can request one of the following:

  1. Funding from the Centre Region – the MOBICENTRE grant
  2. Funding from the European Union – the Erasmus internship grant
  3. Funding from the European Union – the Erasmus study grant
  4. Study-abroad funding from the Ministry of Higher Education and Research

1 - The Mobicentre grant

The Centre Region supports international study-abroad by awarding individual “time credit” of 6 months for short programmes and 12 months for long ones.  This is awarded to students enrolled at the University of Orleans wishing to pursue one or more trips abroad within the scope of their studies.

Selection criteria:

  • Must be between 18 to 30
  • Must be of French nationality or a European Union citizen enrolled at the University of Orleans
  • For other nationalities, you must be enrolled at the University of Orleans for two consecutive years
  • Must not participate in a programme which awards you a salary that amounts to more than 800 euros per month

Types of mobility programmes

  • Mandatory internship in a company or a laboratory (4 weeks minimum) in any country (excluding France)
  • Study-abroad or research abroad, validated by your institution in France (3 months minimum) in any country (except France)

Indicative grant amounts for 2014-2015 :

175 euros per month for study-abroad or internship within Europe

260 euros per month for study-abroad or internship outside of Europe.

For mobilities in priority decentralised european zones of cooperation of the Centre Region, the grant is increased of 50%:

  • Pardubice Region in Czech Republic
  • Malopolska Province in Poland
  • The federal state of Saxony-Anhalt in Germany

Transfer of funds :

The dossier for funding assistance must be obtained from your faculty’s International Relations Office.

The Mobicentre grant will be transferred to you in two instalments by the International Relations Head Office, once all of the required documentation has been received.

2 - Erasmus internship grant

All students enrolled at the University of Orleans can benefit from the Erasmus internship grant once during their study programme, in order to pursue a relevant internship within Europe.

Eligibility criteria :

  • Student profile : students who wish to apply for the Erasmus internship grant must at least be in their 1st year of higher education.  The internship must play an integral role in their academic programme and must allow for the awarding of ECTS.
  • Length of internship : full-time from 3 to 12 months, except for short programmes (DUT- University Diploma of Technology) for which the minimum duration is 2 months (from beginning to end).
  • Eligible countries : Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom
  • Host company : Any organisation located in any country that participates in the Erasmus programme.  The organisation must perform an economic activity within the private or public sector whatever its size, status or sector of economic activity including social economy.

The following organisations are not eligible as host organisations :

  • the institutions of the European Union
  • organisations which manage European programmes (to avoid possible conflicts of interest and/or dual funding)
  • National, diplomatic representation (embassies, consulates) of the student’s country of origin, in the host country.

Note : in some cases, mobility within an institution may be considered as an internship in a company if the student is genuinely employed.

Examples of this are: a laboratory if it deals with applied research and not pure research; the library of an institution if the student is working towards becoming a librarian etc.

Previous Erasmus Mobility : Students may only benefit from the Erasmus training grant and the Erasmus internship grant once each during their study programme. As a result, a student who has already participated in the Erasmus study-abroad programme is eligible for an Erasmus internship mobility.  However, a student who has already completed an Erasmus internship mobility is ineligible for a second internship mobility.

3 - Erasmus training grant

All students enrolled at the University of Orleans can benefit from the Erasmus training grant once during their study programme, in order to pursue part of their studies within Europe.

Eligibility criteria :

  • Level of studies required : second year of Bachelor’s degree (L2) to doctorate, must be enrolled at the University of Orleans
  • Length of training : full-time ; from 3 to 12 months
  • Eligible countries : Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom
  • Host institution : all institutions of higher education that have signed an agreement with your faculty/collegium or department.
  • Previous Erasmus Mobility : Students may only benefit from the Erasmus training grant and the Erasmus internship grant once each during their study programme.  As a result, a student who has already participated in the Erasmus study-abroad programme is eligible for an Erasmus internship mobility.  However, a student who has already completed an Erasmus internship mobility is ineligible for a second internship mobility.
  • Application procedure

Contact the International Relations Office of your faculty in order to know your rights and for assistance in completing the funding request dossier which will allow you to benefit from the Erasmus training grant.

Approximate amount of grant: 160 euros per month

4 - Study-abroad funding from the Ministry of Higher Education and Research

If you are a social grant holder (even level 0), you can take advantage of the study-abroad funding from the Ministry of Higher Education and Research to assist you in funding part of your studies/internship abroad.

Defined each year in accordance with funds allocated to the University of Orleans, this funding is a time-credit of two semesters and may be used throughout your programme.

This grant can be added to your CROUS scholarship.

Check out your faculty’s International Relations Office to submit an application.