What is it?
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 humanist and theologian Disederius Erasmus of Rotterdam. He studied at different 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+. Apart from the students, the mobility offered by the programme is dedicated for professors and universities’ staff as well.
Each student receives a grant which partly covers the costs of the stay abroad. Students going on exchange under the ERASMUS+ programme do not pay any university fees. If you are going abroad through the 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.