- Have you ever wanted to live abroad and experience a foreign culture, meet new people and learn a foreign language?
- Have you ever thought about enriching the period of your studies and having better chances while looking for a job in the future?
- Have you ever been excited to share your ideas and to create good things with other students from all around the world?
- Have you ever dreamed to do an internship abroad, to learn co-operative work?
- Have you ever heard that life won’t be the same after Erasmus?
Please fasten your seat belt and be ready to fly with the new EU programme ERASMUS+!
What is Erasmus?
The ERASMUS Programme is a European student exchange programme established in 1987 offering university students a possibility of studying or working abroad in another European country for a period of at least 3 months and maximum 12 months. The name of the project refers to Dutch Renaissance humanist and theologian Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam. He studied at diverse European universities and described the education as a chance for modern people.
Since 2014 Erasmus and other programmes were included under The European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport ERASMUS+ .
Who will benefit?
Apart from the students, the mobility offered by the Erasmus+ programme is dedicated for professors and universities' staff as well. ERASMUS+ will allow:
- 2 million higher education students
- EU grants and training for about 4 million people and 125,000 institutions
- 500,000 young people will volunteer or participate in youth exchanges
- 650,000 vocational apprenticeships or traineeships abroad
- 200,000 Master's degree loan scheme
- 25,000 joint master degree grants
- 800,000 educators and youth workers will acquire new teaching and learning methods abroad
You can find further information here
Money? Courses? Languages?
Each student receives a grant which covers partly the costs of the stay abroad. Students going on exchange under the ERASMUS+ programme do not pay any university fees.
When you are going abroad through the new Erasmus+ programme you are eligible to receive an Erasmus grant to assist you with the additional expenditure that you have when living abroad. The amount of the grant is different for studies and traineeships and depends on the destination country.
One of the basic rights each exchange student has is the full recognition of courses passed successfully abroad by the home university. Before leaving the home university, the participating student signs the Learning Agreement - a document that describes the programme of studies followed in the host university. At the end of the stay the host university should prepare for the student a document called Transcript of Records which confirms the completed studies' programme and the results.
In addition, students can improve their language skills by participating in one of the Erasmus Language Courses offered at the universities. Before your mobility period, and after your selection, you will undertake an online language assessment that will allow your sending institution to offer you the most appropriate linguistic support.
If the recommended language level is not reached, an online course may be offered. You should take full advantage of this support to improve your language skills to the recommended level.
Where to find more information?
More detailed information on the ERASMUS+ Programme is available at the European Commission's website. For information how to apply, deadlines, scholarships, and information on universities where you can do your exchange, please contact the International Relations Office of your university - usually searching for Erasmus, Study Abroad, and Study Exchanges on the website of your university should do the trick. You also can find more details and learn more about projects that you can benefit from your National Agency`s website.
I want to do Erasmus! What should I do?
If you are interested in participating in Erasmus, contact the international relations office of your home university and ask about possibilities to go study abroad through the ERASMUS Programme. The students who had Erasmus experience can advise you and give tips. ESN sections can also be a valuable source of information and advice concerning your study abroad period.