Hiiii Erasmuser, Are you thinking of being an Erasmus student? many questions about Erasmus program? No worries, with this blog I will try to solve all f your questions about Erasmus. When you finish reading it you will know more about Erasmus than the person in charge of your university’s Erasmus department. No, just kidding haha, but almost. 🥁🥁Ready… 🥁🥁 I present the magnificent “Hierasmus Bible”.
Introduction to the Erasmus World
1. What does Erasmus mean?
Erasmus is an acronym for European Region Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students, it also turns out that this acronym was chosen since it coincides with the name of the well-known theologian, philosopher and humanist Erasmus of Rotterdam; curious…
What was first the acronym or the name of Erasmus, the chicken or the egg? 🤔
2. When did the Erasmus program start?
It was created in 1987 thanks to the initiative of the student association AEGEE Europe (European Student Forum). You already have someone to thank 🙂
3. What is the Erasmus+ program?
Basically, the Erasmus program promotes the exchange of students between European universities to offer new opportunities for study, work experience (traineeship) and even volunteering abroad. You imagined it, right?
4. What is Erasmus Mundus?
This is another kind of Erasmus program. The concept of Erasmus Mundus is basically like Erasmus+ a mobility plan in Europe, but in this case available to university graduates from all over the world.
It allows students to take the master’s or doctorate in at least two universities in different countries that belong to the program. Its duration is usually 1 or 2 years, depending on the number of courses. The good thing about this is not just the experience, you will also receive a degree recognized by the universities where you have studied or by the consortium of the universities.
Usually from one year to another it usually varies and has different nuances, but luckily the program is published well in advance to make the request to the place in time.
Nowadays, these are the fields that are able to study as an European master’s degree:
1. Arts and Humanities
3. Social Sciences, Law and Business
4. Agriculture and Veterinary
5. Engineering, Manufacturing and Construction
6. Science, mathematics and IT
If your field is none of these, patience, Keep Calm! Everything is going towards that they will achieve the rest.
5. In which countries can I do Erasmus?
You can do Erasmus in the countries of the European Union:
🇦🇹 Austria 🇧🇪 Belgium 🇧🇬 Bulgaria
🇨🇾 Cyprus 🇭🇷 Croatia 🇨🇿 Czech Republic
🇩🇰 Denmark 🇪🇪 Estonia 🇫🇮 Finland
🇫🇷 France 🇩🇪 Germany 🇬🇷 Greece
🇭🇺 Hungary 🇮🇪 Ireland 🇮🇹 Italy
🇱🇻 Latvia 🇱🇹 Lithuania 🇱🇺 Luxembourg
🇲🇹 Malta 🇳🇱 Netherlands 🇵🇱 Poland
🇵🇹 Portugal 🇷🇴 Romania 🇸🇰 Slovakia
🇸🇮 Slovenia 🇪🇸 Spain 🇸🇪 Sweden
🇬🇧 United Kingdom
And also in this countries not members of the European Union:
🇲🇰 Republic of Macedonia 🇮🇸 Iceland 🇳🇴 Norway
🇱🇮 Liechtenstein 🇷🇸 Serbia 🇹🇷 Turkey
6. What are my destination Universities?
The destinations will be determined by the agreements signed between your University and a selection of European universities participating in the Erasmus program. The most common thing is that the possible destinations that you are allowed to go, will appear on the website of your university.
You will always have the option of proposing the university in which you would like to do Erasmus, and that your university get in touch to sign an agreement, yes, I recommend you propose it on time. In my case, I wanted to do my Erasmus Exchange program in Venice and … guess what? it was too late!
Erasmus, am I elegible or not? Am I interested or not?
1. Who is able to enroll on an Erasmus Exchange Program?
Who can participate in the Erasmus program? Being clear and direct: people in education.
4. University professors and other professors
2. Is it possible to do an Erasmus two times?
Yeees! even three and four, as long as the total of your stays does not exceed 12 months per cycle (degree, master’s and doctorate; as a Erasmus student or traineeship too), so … you can do Erasmus until you get bored.
Even more, if you study Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy I bring you more good news, your limit is 24 months so, take advantage of it!
3. When do I have to apply for the Erasmus Program and the scholarship?
The best thing you can do is to stay up-to-date in the website of your University. Furthermore, it is a good idea to send an email to the Erasmus department of your university because the deadlines can vary. In general, the deadlines for the applications are between October and November.
4. How do you apply for the Erasmus scholarship?
Basically the steps are as follows:
Review the deadlines (previous point) and make the request. Then, the provisional lists with the Erasmus student names will appear, if you do not agree there is a period of claims. Lastly, the final list will come up. If you are accepted, congratulations my friend. Now it’s time for the best part: Choose destination. 🛫
Besides, here I leave you the 5 steps about how to apply for the Erasmus scholarship.
5. What should my language level be?
Normally it depends on the requirements of your university and the university you would like to move, it may even be that the University you would like to go to has no linguistic requirement.
The truth is that this does not mean that if the target University asks you for an English B2, it means that they will teach you in English, this will depend a lot on the University. It may happen, for example, that you choose to go to Portugal and the classes are given in Portuguese, although in most cases, in exams you can demand that they be done in English; therefore, it will be good for you to prepare yourself even if it is minimally in the language of the country in question.
Here you have a very good example of how to learn or prepare a language for free, since I imagine that the payment options are more than known.
6. How long can I study abroad?
To receive the Erasmus+ scholarship:
1. Mobility for students to study → 3 to 12 months
2. Student mobility for work (internship) → 2 to 12 months
3. Teaching mobility → 2 days up to 2 months with a minimum of 8 teaching hours.
7. How many credits do I need or have to choose?
It will depend on the time you are going to be on Erasmus Exchange Program. The maximum credits recognized are the equivalent of a course 60 ECTS credits plus 10%, except in double degrees, the number of which increases proportionally.
1. 3 months → 20 credits + 20% = 22 credits
2. 6 months → 30 credits + 10% = 33 credits
3. 9 months → 60 credits + 10% = 66 credits
If in your case you find yourself with limited credits for completing the studies, the minimum number of credits would be:
1. 3 months → 6 credits
2. 6 months → 10 credits
3. 9 months → 20 credits
8. How much do you receive from Erasmus grant?
Here you have a wonderful table about the amounts allocated by the Erasmus program depending on the country you go to Erasmus. By the way, I leave here the link to another of my blogs with a widespread handbook about Erasmus grant.
€ 400Per MonthAustria
€ 350Per MonthGermany
€ 300Per MonthBulgaria
9. When do you receive the Erasmus Scholarship?
Erasmus Plus works as follows; You will receive 80% of the amount, just when you arrive at the destination university and sign the documents as you have arrived.
The remaining 20% you will receive at the time you return to your university and deliver the applicable documents.
10. Returning Erasmus scholarship?
How do I know if I have to return the Erasmus grant or not? I hope you don’t have to see yourself in this situation but just in case… the number of minimum credits that you will need to pass in order not to returning the scholarship, are based on the months of stay:
1. 3 months stay → 6 recognized credits
2. 6 months stay → 9 recognized credits
3. 9 months stay → 18 recognized credits
And once accepted, what you need to know.
1. What is the Learning Agreement?
Let’s say that it is the agreement of studies between the universities with the subjects that you are going to study in the destination university and that you will be recognized in your file.
2. What is Erasmus+ OLS?
OLS (Online Linguistic Support) is a method to evaluate your language skills before and after your mobility abroad. Do not worry, it has no real value, simply statistical, but yes, it is mandatory. This is a bit the “boring” part of Erasmus+ OLS, but, be aware, has something very good and it has a kind of free platform for you to prepare the language that you will use during your Erasmus or the one spoken in the country in question. An opportunity to learn another language for free.
3. Does Ryanair give a discount for Erasmus students?
Yeeeeeees friend, yeeeeees! And these are the advantages you can enjoy:
· 15% discount on a total of 8 flights
· 20 kg free checked baggage on all 8 flights
Of course, you can only take advantage of it according to the Ryanair website through the computer, it doesn’t work through mobile APP.
You will also have to register at ESNcard.org, so don’t be lazy, it is undoubtedly worth it.
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