While mobility abroad is becoming commonplace among students, financial aid appears to be essential. Whether you plan to go to the end of the world or only a few hundred kilometers from home, several helping hands are available to you.
Health crisis or not, mobility abroad remains extremely valued on the CV, to the point of having almost become compulsory in many courses. But the adventure can be very expensive. To help you pay rent, transport and daily expenses, multiple financial aids exist at national, regional and international levels. Find out as soon as possible to receive these grants as soon as you arrive in your new country. Please note that they are not always cumulative.
The Erasmus+ grant and the aid for international mobility (AMI)
If you leave via the program Erasmus+ – ie only in a European country via an exchange between establishments -, you can benefit from an Erasmus+ grant. For students, the amount of aid varies from 170 to 370 euros per month, depending on the host country and its standard of living. The scholarship is more important for those who go on internship mobility: between 320 and 520 euros per month, again, it all depends on your host country. Good to know: these scholarships are only accessible if you leave more than two or three months (for study mobility).
Apprentices can also benefit from an Erasmus+ grantand this, whether you are in secondary education (CAP, bac pro) or higher.
Another significant aid for mobility outside Europe in particular: aid for international mobility. If you are a scholarship holder based on social criteria, you are also eligible for assistance with international mobility. You will then receive a sum 400 euros per month for a stay between two and nine consecutive months maximum. Like the Erasmus+ grant, the AMI is aimed at students on mobility for studies and internships.
The two scholarships, Erasmus+ and AMI (as well as that paid by the CROUS), can be combined with each other. To take advantage of this, apply directly to the international relations department of your establishment.
To encourage mobility, the regions also offer you aid, which can go up to 2,900 euros in New Aquitaine for example. They are specific to each region: Hauts-de-France, Normandy, Brittany, Île-de-France, Grand Est, Pays de la Loire, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Occitanie, and finally Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur.
Some regions also allow apprentices to benefit from a boost, this is particularly the case in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes. Others also attribute aid for students in health and social trainingsuch as the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region or Brittany. Please note that most of these scholarships cannot be combined with the Erasmus+ scholarship.
Also, don’t forget to ask if your establishment provides its students with specific scholarships or other aid from the municipality or the department.
Many more scholarships
Some foundations also help you in your plan to travel abroad. This is the case of the Rotary Club for master’s students in particular, the Kenza foundation for art and art history students or the Pierre Ledoux foundation which is aimed at students and researchers with modest incomes. Some higher education establishments also have their own foundation and/or can offer mobility aidsdo not hesitate to ask for information.
Targeted aid for certain countries is also possible. Don’t hesitate to take a look at what’s on offer in Germany (with the DAAD) and the Netherlands (with the Eole grant). As for Asian and North American countries, where the cost of living and education can be frightening, solutions exist. This is the case in Canada, the United States and Taiwan.
And for those who would like see the country during the gap period, without studies or internships, platforms are there to help you find a job locally, such as the working holiday program (PVT) or even woofing. Because, whatever form it takes, any experience abroad will add value to your career.