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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?
The ERASMUS Programme is a perfect choice for you!
Erasmus programme is a great opportunity to spend between 3 and 12 months in another European country, and have it count towards your degree. You get to experience another culture and a new way of looking at your subject. You can make new friends and grow as a person.
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 2007 the Erasmus project is a part of The Lifelong Learning Programme (other projects: Comenius, Grundtvig and Leonardo da Vinci), which is determined for the years 2007-2013.
Apart from the students, the mobility offered by the Erasmus programme is dedicated for professors and universities' staff as well.
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. All rights and obligations of exchange students are described in the Erasmus Student Charter.
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 the Transcript of Records that confirms the completed studies' program and the results.
In addition, students can improve their language skills by participating in one of the Erasmus Intensive Language Courses offered at the host university.
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 excahnge, please contact the International Relations Office of your university - usually searching for Erasmus, Study Abroad, Study Exchanges on the website of your university should do the trick.
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. ESN sections can also be a valuable source of information and advice concerning your study abroad period.
Check out this 8 minute long video and find out what is the Erasmus programme and what you should do for a successful exchange! Learn about the learning agreement, ECTS credits, what is required to do before leaving and after coming back, changing courses and making changes in the learning agreement, transcript of records, and much more!