Erasmus+ student exchange

University students can study in another European higher education institute within the framework of the Erasmus+ exchange programme.

Principles of the Erasmus programme

To participate in the Erasmus student exchange programme, you must fulfill the conditions related to students' access to exchange programmes, for example:

  • You are a registered degree or post-graduate student of the University of Jyväskylä for the whole duration of the exchange 
  • Undergraduate (Bachelor's) students shall have completed the study load of one academic year and graduate (Master's) students one academic semester prior to the start of the exchange period

An Erasmus exchange can last between 3 and 12 months.

You can participate in an Erasmus period (study exchange or work placement) for a duration of 12 months at each level of study (Bachelor's/Master's/Doctor's).

It is possible to participate in e.g.

  • max. 12 months of study exchange or work placement during your Bachelor's studies
  • max. 12 months of study exchange or work placement during your Master's studies, and
  • max. 12 months of study exchange or work placement during your Doctoral studies

If you have been on an Erasmus exchange/work placement before the academic year 2014-2015, the Erasmus months used will be taken into account when granting new placements. NB! The faculties may, if they wish, give priority in selection to those who have not been on an Erasmus exchange/work placement before.

Erasmus exchange destinations

There are Erasmus exchange destinations in EU and ETA countries (e.g. Norway and Iceland) and in Turkey.

Erasmus student exchange destinations in the application portal

Erasmus student exchange is based on subject-specific placements. Because of this, it is recommended to choose a placement from your major or minor disciplines. For example, you can study chemistry at the host university if you apply for the placements of the Department of Chemistry.

The possibility to study other subjects varies largely between universities, and must always be checked from the host university.

For more information on specific host universities, please contact the faculty international coordinators.

Switzerland is outside the Erasmus programme but it is possible to go there on an Erasmus type of exchange. Grants to those going to Switzerland are paid through the Swiss higher education institute. Those nominated for an exchange in Switzerland are not able to get an Erasmus grant from the University of Jyväskylä.

Application and nomination

Application period

The annual Erasmus application period for the following academic year starts on 15 January and ends on 15 February. The application round for the remaining places opens on 1 April and the application round is continuous. There is no application deadline, but the applicant should check the application period of the host institution. If the application deadline of the host institution has passed, it is no longer possible to apply. The application period of each university can be found on their website (search for "application deadlines for incoming Erasmus students").

Application form


Grant and costs


The student is responsible for his/her own travel and living expenses during the exchange.

Grant and funding of the exchange

Studying abroad through the Erasmus programme is free of change. Each student nominated for an Erasmus exchange gets an Erasmus grant which is meant for travel expenses and additional living costs.

The amount of the Erasmus study exchange grant depends on the duration of the exchange and the destination country. During the academic year 2019-2020 the grant is

  • 420 €/month (and 14 €/day) for countries with a higher cost of living (Denmark, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden and the UK)
  • 360 €/month (and 12 €/day) for all other programme countries


Additional grant for students with children

Students who have underaged children get a grant of 200 € / month in addition to the normal Erasmus+ grant.

    Student financial aid

    Students going on exchange can apply for Finnish student financial aid, and housing aid and student loan for studies abroad if they are entitled to Finnish student financial aid.

    Accessibility grant

    The purpose of the accessibility grant is to make the exchange possible when a student's special need, e.g. a disability, an illness, or a learning difficulty causes additional costs during the exchange, in cases where it is not possibly to get financial aid from another source. The grant can be given to support, for example, accessible living, travel, or study-related special arrangements, such as study materials. Find out more about the accessibility grant.

    Language skills

    • The language of instruction in the exchange universities is usually the language of the host country. In addition to the UK, Ireland and Malta, courses in English are offered in the Nordic countries, the Netherlands, Eastern Europe and Cyprus. Business studies in English are also available in some French and German universities.
    • Students are required to be sufficiently proficient in the language of instruction used during the study abroad period. The required proficiency level should be attested either by previous studies, language examination, or by other means accepted by the home and host universities. In most cases the partner universities do not require the completion of a specific language test, such as TOEFL or IELTS (with a few exceptions).
    • It is also advisable to brush up one's language skills before the exchange by participating in the Language Centre courses.

    Credit transfer

    A principle of the Erasmus exchange is that studies (and work placement) completed abroad will be transferred in full to the home university degree.

    After nomination to Erasmus exchange, students are required to complete a study plan which is called a Learning Agreement. The Learning Agreement is approved by both the receiving and the sending institutions. The Learning Agreement is a confirmation that the initial study plan has been approved at the receiving institution, and that the credits completed abroad will be transferred to the student's degree.

    After the exchange, students are required to apply for credit transfer from their home faculty (of major or minor studies). A common European Credit Transfer System, ECTS, is used in Europe

    1 ECTS credit (ECTS-credit awarded abroad) = 1 University of Jyväskylä credit

    Practical matters

    Housing may be provided by the university dormitory or you may have to search for it from the private sector with the help of the host university.

    Most universities organize an orientation or welcoming day for their exchange students, during which students receive information on practical matters. Some universities also employ tutors to help students.

    Work placement period

    It is possible to include a work placement period in the Erasmus student exchange. The prerequisites for a work placement combined with Erasmus student exchange are that

    • the work placement period is supervised by the same university as the student exchange period
    • the student exchange and work placement periods take place right after each other

    The combined student exchange and work placement period must last for a minimum of three months, e.g. one month of studies followed by two months of work placement. The grant will be paid according to the  rules of the Erasmus student exchange grant. Students must find the work placement on their own.

    Experiences of Erasmus exchange

    Vuosi Mariborissa

    Presentation video of the Erasmus programme

    Minutes from the world (in the channel of the Center for International Mobility (CIMO)) Exchange experiences on the exchange reports-page (majority in Finnish).

    Did you know, that

    according to an Europe-wide study

    • nearly 90% of those who had taken part in an Erasmus exchange were either satisfied or extremely satisfied with their Erasmus exchange period
    • 65% felt that they were able to work in a foreign language after the exchange
    • a large part of the students said that the exchange gave them an opportunity to start/continue learning a third of a fourth foreign language
    • 80% felt that their receiving and sending universities respected their study plans and their credits from the exchange were transferred to their degree
    • Erasmus exchange shortens the job-seeking period after graduation: the main reason for getting employed faster is language competence
    • Those who have participated in Erasmus exchange are more often hired for work positions in international environments