Mobility grants

All Mobility grants described below are managed and allocated by the Student Mobility Office. Access to these grants is subjected to compliance with the application process of each type of mobility. Please read the mobility grant regulation at ULB.

The amounts reported below are for informational purposes only and are not binding on ULB. Grants are paid depending on the availability of the fundings we receive from the European Commission and the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, and also from internal funds when applicable. ULB is not expected to provide grants on internal fundings if the European and national fundings are not sufficient to fund every mobility. The final grant amount is mentioned on the grant contract signed before departure.

Students are entitled to up to 12 months of Erasmus+ and 12 month of FAMES (Non-Erasmus + Belgica) funding for studies and/or internships per cycle (Bachelor, Master, Doctorate).

Students who use sustainable means of transport for the greater part of their round-trip travel to their host destination are entitled to a 50€ bonus lump sum paid at the end of their stay.
Up to 4 days of travel can be added to the total stay duration used to calculate the monthly grant. Supporting documents will be requested. Eligible transport means are buses, trains, and car sharing (planned through official car sharing platforms).

Students with fewer opportunities are :

  • Students who received a FWB scholarship the year before departure -> Send the official confirmation of the scholarship to your mobility file manager 
  • Students receiving the Social Integration Income from a Belgian CPAS -> Send the official confirmation by the CPAS to your mobility file manager 
  • Low-income students (status confirmed by the Student Social Service) -> Send official confirmation of the grant to to your mobility file manager 
  • Students with special needs for whom the mobility would not be feasible without additional financial aid because of a physical, mental or medical condition -> Send us your PAI (contact the EBS-ESH Office if you do not have this document already)+ a signed personal statement justifying and detailing any additional expenses you will incur during the mobility due to your personal condition. 
  • Working students (who worked more than 600 hours (2023-24 mobilities) -> Send the "Student@Work" certficate OR a work contract + employer's statement (signed and stamped - English/French accepted only) mentioning the number of hours worked to your mobility file manager 
  • Primary caretakers of a parent/relative (Residents of Belgium) -> Send the ONEM confirmation to yout mobility file manager 
  • Single parents (Residents of Belgium)  who go abroad with a child who is not yet in compulsory education -> Send the household composition to your mobility file manager 

If you find that our mobility grants are not enough to support yourself, please contact ULB's Student Social Service (SSE)

Official regulation

Download the official regulation here (French only). Scroll down on this page here for a summary of each grant type :

Erasmus+ for studies


Erasmus+ grants for studies are automatically attributed to students who have applied and who have been selected for a study or internship mobility in Europe, provided that the funds we receive are sufficient. If we do not receive enough funds to give a grant to every student, the Student Mobility Office will proceed to a selection. The modalities of this selection will be communicated via email by the person in charge of your file. Grant amounts vary according to the cost of living in the host country, and to the socio-economic status of the students, according to the table below :

2023/24 Grant amounts

Host country (2023/2024 grant amounts)*

Classic Erasmus+ grant Adjusted grant for Students with fewer opportunities
Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Norway, Sweden
 

600€/month

+50€ top-up if Green Travel

850€/month

+50€ top-up if Green Travel
Germany, Austria, Cyprus ,Spain, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal
 

540€/month

+50€ top-up if Green Travel

790€/month

+50€ top-up if Green Travel
FYROM, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey

490€/month

+50€ top-up if Green Travel

740€/month

+50€ top-up if Green Travel

*Grant amounts are indicative only, they are subject to change every academic year

Payment modalities

We need to know the real dates of your stay to calculate the final total amount to pay. We do not know this duration until the end of your stay, so we have to do two payments.

First payment (70%)

Once both ULB and the student have signed the grant contrat, and if you have completed the OLS test (when requested), we unlock the first part of your grant in the next 30 days. It will be a payment of 70% of the estimated total amount of your grant, bases on your own estimation on the grant contract.

Second payment (The balance, not always "30%")

Once we receive your proof or stay (arrival + departure) and once you have completed the final report, we look at the effective duration and we recalculate the total grant amount. We then pay the difference between the final total amount and the first payment.

Since the 1st and 2nd payments are not based on the same duration, the amount may vary, and also it can be negative if you overestimated the duration of your stay. The balance is rarely exactly 30% of the estimated grant, unless you were spot on with your estimation on your contract.

2024/2025

Please note that European Commission has already announced some important changes regarding the three funding groups:

Groups

Countries

GROUP 1 (Highest cost of living) Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden
GROUP 2 (Average cost of living) Cyprus, Czechia, Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Malta,Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain
GROUP 3 (Lowest cost of living) Bulgaria, Croatia, FYROM, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland,  Romania, Turkey

The official grant rates for 2024/2025 will be announced by the end of May 2024.

Erasmus+ Internships


Erasmus+ grants are automatically allocated to students who applied in time for their Internship Erasmus+ funding, if the funds we receive are sufficient. If we do not receive enough funds to give a grant to every student, the priority will be given on first come first served basis, while funds last. Grant amounts vary according to the cost of living in the host country, and to the social status of the students, according to the table below :
 
Grant amounts

Host country (2023/24 grant amounts)*

Classic Grant amount Adjusted grant for Students with less opportunities
Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Norway, Sweden

750€/month

+50€ if Green Travel
1000€/mois
+50€ if Green Travel
Germany, Austria, Cyprus ,Spain, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal

690€/month

+50€ if Green Travel
940€/mois
+50€ if Green Travel
FYROM, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey

640€/month

+50€ if Green Travel
890€/mois
+50€ if Green Travel
* *Grant amounts are indicative only, they are subject to change every academic year
Payment modalities

We need to know the real dates of your stay to calculate the final total amount to pay. We do not know this duration until the end of your stay, so we have to do two payments.

First payment (70%)

Once both ULB and the student have signed the grant contrat, and if you have completed the OLS test (when requested), we unlock the first part of your grant in the next 30 days. It will be a payment of 70% of the estimated total amount of your grant, bases on your own estimation on the grant contract.

Second payment (The balance, not always "30%")

Once we receive your proof or stay (arrival + departure) and once you have completed the final report, we look at the effective duration and we recalculate the total grant amount. We then pay the difference between the final total amount and the first payment.

Since the 1st and 2nd payments are not based on the same duration, the amount may vary, and also it can be negative if you overestimated the duration of your stay.

Read more about Internships on the main page for Erasmus+ Internships.

Belgica (Flemish Community)


2024-25 grant amounts are still under discussion at the National Agency.
2023/2024

INTRA-REGION MOBILITY

CLASSIC GRANT

AMO GRANT (for students with fewer opportunities)
100€ lump sum 75 €/ week
+ 25 €/ week if accomodation in host city
100 €/week
+ 25 €/ week if accomodation in host city

 
2024/2025
The official grant rates for 2024/2025 will be announced by the end of May 2024.

SEMP (Switzerland)


Students going to Switzerland must request the SEMP grant in their host university. ULB then adds a FAMES complement to round up the grant in order to match the usual Erasmus+ grants for Group 1 countries.
Students with fewer opportunities and students going to Université de Lausanne (privileged partner) automatically receive a specific (reduced) FAMES grant.
Other SEMP students have to request the FAMES grant through the FAMES grant procedure (invitation by email by the Student Mobility Office)

Students with fewer opportunities receive 2550€ per term
Other students receive 1200€ per term

FAMES (Non-UE destinations)

Warning : The demand for stays outside of Europe is rising each year, but the FAMES budget isn't. We want to warn students who have no priority based on their destination or not considered as student with disadvantaged background, that we can only approve very few grant requests every year (between 20% and 40% of grant requests, depending on the number of candidates)


Students leaving for a non-EU mobility can receive the FAMES or Erasmus+ grant. The ULB is allowed to use 20% of its Erasmus+ funds for mobilities outside of Europe, and uses the FAMES funds for the remaining mobilities, once these 20% are spent.

If we do not receive enough funds to give a grant to every student, the Student Mobility Office will proceed to a selection. The modalities of this selection will be mentionned by email by the person in charge of your file. Monthly grants may be completed with internal funds if the budget allows it.

The following students will have priority and are guaranteed to receive a FAMES grant :

- students with disadvantaged background (according to the list above on this page)
- students from ISTI with option chinese, russian or arabic
- students selected for the following destinations (ULB privileged partners with whom we have an active agreement) :
  • Waseda University
  • Université de Montréal (including HEC Montréal and Polytechnique Montréal)
  • Universidade de Sao Paulo
  • Université de Lubumbashi
  • Université de Lausanne (SEMP + CIVIS)
  • University of Glasgow (CIVIS)
  • University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (CIVIS)
Students not corresponding to any of these categories have no guarantee to receive a grant, and if they want to, they wil have to submit a grant request in May. Depending on the budget (which we also receive only in May), only a few students with less income at their disposabl will also be able to receive the FAMES grant. Please make sure that you have sufficient personnal funds to cover for your mobility in the case you don't receive the grant, or if you want a guarantee, choose an Erasmus+ destination instead.

Up to this day, there is no funding for non-EU internships.
 
Grant duration

Starting from 2024/2025, a new rule is being implemented to give more students a chance to receive the FAMES scholarship.

Students with fewer opportunities (AMO) will continue to receive a scholarship for the entire duration of their stay, day by day (no change).
Other students will now be limited to a maximum of 4 months of scholarship for semester-long stays (up to a maximum of €2800), and 8 months of scholarship for full-year stays (up to a maximum of €5600). If the stay is less than 4 (or 8) months, the total scholarship amount will be calculated day by day.

Grant amounts

Classic FAMES monthly grant amount (2023-2024 and 2024-25)

Adjusted "AMO" FAMES monthly grant amount (2023-2024 and 2024-25) for students with disadvantaged background

700€/month

950€/month + Transport fee

Except United Kingdom : 600€/month 850/month

The following transport fee is only accessible for students with a disadvantaged background :

Distance band (from Brussels)

Grant amount (only for students with less opportunities)

Sustainable Grant amount (only for students with less opportunities)
100-499km

180€

210€
500-1999km

275€

320€
2000-2999km

360€

410€
3000-3999km

530€

610€
4000-7999km

820€

-
8000km or more

1500€

-

*Grant amounts are indicative only, they are subject to change every academic year

Payment modalities

We need to know the real dates of your stay to calculate the final total amount to pay. We do not know this duration until the end of your stay, so we have to do two payments.

First payment (70%)

Once both ULB and the student have signed the grant contrat, and if you have completed the OLS test (when requested), we unlock the first part of your grant in the next 30 days. It will be a payment of 70% of the estimated total amount of your grant, bases on your own estimation on the grant contract.

Second payment (The balance, not always "30%")

Once we receive your proof or stay (arrival + departure) and once you have completed the final report, we look at the effective duration and we recalculate the total grant amount. We then pay the difference between the final total amount and the first payment.

Since the 1st and 2nd payments are not based on the same duration, the amount may vary, and also it can be negative if you overestimated the duration of your stay.

Blended Intensive Programs


Students leaving for a Blended Intensive Program (BIP) receive an Erasmus+ grant if theyr stay is validated by their faculty. 
Grant amounts
 BIP 2023-24 Classic grant AMO grant (students with fewer opportunities)
From 1st to 14th day : 
 
79€ per day
 
100€ lump sum
+ Travel grant fee
From 15th day : 56€ per day + 50€ lump sump

The Traval grant fee is only available for students with fewer opportunities. A bonus depending on the distance is given to AMO students choosing a green mode of travel (train, bus) for most of their travel
 
TRANCHE KILOMÉTRIQUE (DEPUIS BRUXELLES) FORFAIT FIXE Supplément voyage durable
10-99km 23€ -
100-499km 180€ +30 €
500-1999km 275€ +45 €
2000-2999km 360€ +50 €
3000-3999km 530€ +80 €
4000-7999km 820€ -
8000km ou + 1500€ -


A 50€ bonus (not depending on the distance) is also given to non-AMO students choosing a green mode of travel (train, bus) for most of their travel

Payment modalities

We pay the full BIP grant upfront before departure. If the duration changes in the end, we recalculate and pay (or resquest a refund of) the balance.

Updated on April 8, 2024