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If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad then Erasmus may be of interest to you.

Erasmus is a scheme that enables higher education students in 31 European countries to study for part of their degree in another EU country.

The experience offers a unique opportunity to strengthen your foreign language skills, enhance your CV, experience new cultures and make new contacts and friends. Each faculty has its own Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with for each subject.

You can read all about the experiences of students who have undertaken Erasmus study on the British Council Website.

Undergraduates need to be in the second year or above of their course to be eligible to apply for Erasmus. Postgraduates can also apply. If you are interested, please discuss options with your faculty co-ordinator once you have started your course. If you are a student from an overseas University and you are interested in applying for Erasmus contact our Academic Registry to see what opportunities might be available.

Birmingham City Erasmus University Charter

The Erasmus University Charter (EUC) provides a general framework for all European co-operation activities a higher education institution may carry out within the Erasmus Programme. The Charter sets out the fundamental principles and the minimum requirements underlying the Erasmus activities a higher education institution has to respect.

Birmingham City University has the Extended Erasmus University Charter under the 2007-13 Lifelong Learning Programme.

This means that Birmingham City University is entitled to participate in Erasmus activities, such as study placements for students and staff placements for teaching. To find out more about the Charter visit the Education, Audiovisual & Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) website.

Charlotte Harrison

Student: Charlotte Harrison

Visual Communication student Charlotte Harrison is part of the University's Erasmus Exchange programme.

Erasmus is a scheme that gives students the opportunity to study for part of their degree in another EU country.

Each exchange provides a unique opportunity for students to develop their foreign language skills, enhance their CV and experience new cultures.

Rachel Tomlinson, Erasmus BIAD Undergraduate Faculty Coordinator speaking on behalf of the team, said: "Every year, our students head off around Europe and come back having produced some fantastic artwork.

"This year I wanted to be able to celebrate their talents by putting on an exhibition of their work.

"The exhibition provides the opportunity to celebrate the wealth and diversity of talent demonstrated by Erasmus Exchange students in BIAD."

Charlotte (pictured), who is studying for a BA (Hons) in Visual Communication, is one of the students whose work features in the exhibition.

Charlotte said: "For my Erasmus exchange, I studied at Frederick University in Cyprus between February and June last year.

"During my time in Cyprus I worked on a photographic documentary, chronicling the lives of local people in the capital city of Nicosia. The documentary was part of my second year studies and I'm looking forward to developing the work further for my final project.

"Erasmus has been a massive turning point in my life, it's opened my eyes to new cultures and given me the opportunity to learn about all sorts of new things from different teachers.

"Cyprus will always be a place close to my heart and I'm thankful that the Erasmus programme gave me such a great opportunity."