New £294,000 European project to boost employability

The University of Wolverhampton has been awarded £294,000 (338,000 Euros) to increase international study and work opportunities for students and staff.

Erasmus+ is a European Union funded project which enables students to undertake periods of study and work experience abroad, while staff can undertake teaching or training in another higher education institution.Erasmusplus_logo

Students on courses including international business management, forensic science, and special needs and inclusion studies will have the opportunity to complete course exchanges for a year or semester. Meanwhile students on courses including nursing, midwifery and paramedic science students can gain valuable work experience on a placement abroad.

There will also be opportunities for students from a variety of course areas to undertake work placements abroad from between two months up to 12 months in a range of locations, including Malta, the Czech Republic, Spain and Italy.

Funding has been secured for the 2016/17 academic year and students will receive between 280-430 Euros per month towards their time abroad.

David Edwards, from Careers, Enterprise and the Workplace at the University, said: “Research shows that students who complete a stay abroad are more employable as a result of the skills and experiences they gain.

“In 2015/16, the popularity of Erasmus+ funded opportunities at the University of Wolverhampton grew massively. At present, over 130 students have undertaken work placements abroad, which is up from 57 in 2014/15, and 29 students have studied abroad, which has increased from 10 in 2014/15.

“We are always looking to grow the study options and health courses in particular have seen a massive increase in popularity amongst students.”

Erasmus+ is a European Union funded project which promotes mobility for individuals between nation states.

For more information, please contact the International Placements team at erasmus@wlv.ac.uk

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