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Erasmus+ is the EU Program in the fields of education, training, youth and sport for the period 2014-2020. The European Commission is ultimately responsible for the running of the Erasmus+ Program. However, the implementation of the Erasmus+ Program is mainly implemented as Indirect Management, meaning that the European Commission entrusts budget implementation tasks to National Agencies.

Important: Erasmus+ students - whether or not they receive an Erasmus+ EU grant - are exempted from paying fees for tuition, registration, examinations and access to laboratory and library facilities at the host institution.

Grant Support for the Mobility of Students

Students may receive an EU grant as a contribution to their costs for travel and subsistence during the period of study abroad. Students enrolled for the Double Degree or the International Triangle program are also eligible.

Students can go abroad for 3 to 12 months. The same student may receive grants for studying or being trained abroad totalling up to 12 months maximum per each cycle of study. These amounts are defined by the Portuguese Erasmus+ National Agency.

Program Countries are divided into the three following groups:



Monthly Grant Amount

Group 1
Program Countries with
higher living costs
Denmark, Ireland, France, Italy, Austria, Finland, Sweden, United Kingdom, Liechtenstein, Norway 300€
Group 2
Program Countries with
medium living costs
Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Spain, Croatia, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Iceland , Turkey 250€
Group 3
Program Countries with
lower living costs
Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 200€

Grant Attribution Criteria

As the Erasmus+ grant is financed by the European Commission, CATÓLICA-LISBON cannot guarantee that every eligible student will receive an Erasmus+ Grant. 

As the amount provided may not be enough to include all the Erasmus+ Students, the allocation criterion is the weighted average, which is the same average used to select you to your host university. Please note that:

  • The group factor is not considered in the Erasmus+ Grant allocation decision;
  • Buddy Program extra grade-points are not considered in the Erasmus+ Grant allocation decision.

Zero-Grant Student from EU funds

Students with a zero-grant from EU funds are students that do not receive an EU grant related to travel and subsistence, but they otherwise fulfil all student mobility criteria and benefit from all advantages of being Erasmus+ student.

Erasmus+ Online Linguistic Support

The OLS offers participants in Erasmus+ long-term mobility activities the opportunity to assess their skills in the foreign language(s) they will use to study. In addition, selected participants may follow a free online language course to improve their competence. Download the OLS factshet.

Assessment tests are mandatory: The European Commission uses aggregated data of the language assessment results for statistical purposes to measure the impact of the program.

Before leaving, you will be requested, by e-mail, to complete your Erasmus+ OLS language assessment. The results of your language assessment do not prevent you from taking part in the Erasmus+ mobility. However, you need to complete the assessment as a pre-requisite for your Erasmus+ mobility.
Upon arrival, you will be required, by e-mail, to complete another language assessment to check the progress made in your language competence during your stay abroad.

Further information here.

Erasmus+ Grant Application

All students that are going to study in an Erasmus+ participant country are eligible for an Erasmus+ Grant. This means that they are candidates for an Erasmus+ Grant.

The application for the Erasmus+ grant consist on the upload of the requested documentation by the deadline and the acknowledge of the Erasmus+ Program regulation.

Students will be asked to upload the following documents:

  • Copy of your identitification document (ID or passport)
  • Copy of your fiscal identification document (NIF) or equivalent (eg. Social Security for non Portuguese students without a fiscal number)
  • IBAN confirmation from the Bank where you wish the grant to be transferred to (ATM receipts are not accepted)
  • Representation document ("Minuta de Procuração") whereby you grant powers to another person to represent you during your absence.
    • This document will be available to download and fill. This is not a mandatory document.
  • Copy of your Representative's identification card or passport. 
  • Erasmus+ Form ("Ficha de Estudante") including details needed for the grant application.
    • This document will be available to download and fill.

Special Needs Suport

A person with special needs is a potential participant whose individual physical, mental or health-related situation is such that his/her participation in the mobility Action would not be possible without extra financial support.

Each higher education institution, by signing the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education, commits to ensuring equal access and opportunities to participants from all backgrounds. Therefore, students with special needs can benefit from the support services that the receiving institution offers to its local students.

If you have Special Needs, you may apply to a extra financial suport at when filling out the Erasmus+ Form ("Ficha de Estudante").

Supplementary Erasmus+ Grant (BSE-SOC)

All the students that receive an Erasmus+ Grant and a Social Aid Grant (Bolsa de Acção Social) are candidates for a Supplementary Erasmus+ Grant.You may apply to it when filling out the Erasmus+ Form ("Ficha de Estudante").

Erasmus+ Grant Procedures Step by Step

To help you prepare your exchange semester, Student Affairs has prepared a summary of the Erasmus+ Grant Procedures.

Please note that the Erasmus+ Grant Procedures are determined by the Erasmus+ National Agency and CATÓLICA-LISBON cannot guarantee the dates.

1 Step

Appplication: upload of the requested documentation.


2 Step

Complete your Erasmus+ OLS language assessment (link sent by e-mail).

Before Leaving.

3 Step

1. Erasmus+ Grant Results (announced by e-mail).

2. Erasmus+ Mobility Contract signature (mandatory to all students).

1. Fall Semester: October/November.

2. Spring Semester: Before the mobility.

4 Step

Erasmus+ Grant transfer: 70% of the total grant amount is transferred to the account NIB that students provided during.

Upon 40 days after Erasmus+ Contract Signature.


5 Step

Erasmus+ Grant transfer: the remaining amount of grant is transferred to you upon the receipt of:

  • upload the Learning Agreement;
  • upload the Certificate of Stay;
  • delivery the Erasmus+ Report (link sent by e-mail).

Upon your arrival.

6 Step

Complete your Erasmus+ OLS language assessment (link sent by e-mail).

Upon your arrival.