Increase the budget of the Erasmus scholarships 2015/2016

The budget for Erasmus scholarships of the next academic year 2015/2016 increased by six million in comparison with the previous course. In this way, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports will allocate a total of 24 million euros to this program, which has as main novelty for next year the additional 200 euros per month that students with disabilities will receive.

This is the amount of scholarships given by the Ministry of Spain for students who are beneficiaries of the Erasmus program, since from this academic year 2014/2015 the amount given by the Government and the amount given by the Autonomous Organization of European Educational Programs (Oapee), of the European Union, are incompatible.

Erasmus grants from the Ministry of Education

The deadline to apply for these scholarships, whose academic and language requirements are more demanding than those of Oapee's financial aid, began last week, and is expected to be a total of 12,500 students benefited from these grants, which have a higher amount than that granted by the European Union and varies depending on the country to which the student goes:

300 euros monthlys for countries of group 3: Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania

350 euros for countries of group 2: Germany, Belgium, Cyprus, Croatia, Slovenia, Greece, Holland, Iceland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Czech Republic and Turkey

400 euros for group 1: Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Norway, United Kingdom, Sweden, Switzerland

This money it increases by 100 euros more per month if the beneficiary is a grant recipient of the general grant awarded by the Ministry, or if the mobility to a country in Europe is for internships.

On the other hand, this call has an important novelty: lan additional 200 euros for students with a disability equal to or greater than 33 percent. The payment of the aid is made once and directly to the beneficiary.

How to obtain an Erasmus scholarship from the Ministry

To get an Erasmus grant from the Ministry of Education, we take into account the academic record and the language level: must be B2 or equivalent. In addition, the student must have passed 60 ECTS credits from the undergraduate studies they are studying.

In this sense, there is also another novelty: applicants can show that they have 60 credits after requesting help, since they have not finished the course yet. In addition, the application period has been extended to 30 days.

What area receives the aid?

The total amount of aid is divided among the following branches of knowledge: Arts and Humanities, Sciences, Health Sciences, Social and Legal Sciences, Engineering and Architecture. Each of them receives 20 percent of the total amount of aid that is destined, although, if the total of scholarships in some branches was not covered and there were candidates in another, they would be distributed proportionally.

Angela R. Bonachera

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