As a student, it has never been so easy to travel for your degree. Europe's ambition is to raise student mobility to 20% by 2020, therefore providing multiple oportunities for student mobility. Check out some of the opportunities:

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Erasmus+ programme

Description - The Erasmus+ Programme is a European funding programme established in 1987, offering university students a possibility of studying or doing an internship abroad in another country for a period of at least 3 months and maximum 12 months per cycle of studies. Erasmus+ now offers the possibility to go way beyond the European borders as well.

Who can apply? - Students must be registered in a higher education institution and enrolled in studies leading to a recognised degree or other recognised tertiary level qualification. The agreement is being made between sending and receiving universities which are enrolled into the Erasmus+ programme.

How long is it? - The programme lasts from 3 to 12 months per cycle of studies (Bachelor, Master and Doctorate).

Scholarship - Students may be awarded an Erasmus+ EU grant to help cover the travel and subsistence costs incurred in connection with their study period abroad. 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.

Destinations - All 28 European Union member states as well as Macedonia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey depending on the agreements of the Higher Education Institution.

Application procedure - Before going on exchange every student is provided with a grant agreement covering the mobility period, signed by the student and the sending higher education institution. They also must make a learning agreement setting out the programme of studies to be followed, as approved by the student, the sending and the receiving institution. And of course, Erasmus+ Student Charter, setting out the student’s rights and obligations with respect to his/her period of study abroad.

After the exchange, the receiving institution must provide the student and their sending institution with a transcript of records confirming that the agreed programme has been completed and confirming the results. The sending institution must give full academic recognition for satisfactorily completed activities during the mobility period as agreed in the Learning Agreement, by using ECTS credits or an equivalent system. The mobility period should also be recorded in the Diploma Supplement.

Whom to contact? - More detailed information on ERASMUS+ is available at the European Commission's website. For information how to apply, deadlines, etc, please contact the International Relations Office of your university.

 

Full Degree Studies

Description - Full degree studies are not necessarily a scholarship programme. An international education is a good step to becoming a truly global citizen. Studying abroad enables students to become more independent, but also more culturally aware.

Who can apply? - This type of studies is applicable for all level of studies, but not all are eligible for receiving a scholarship.

How long is it? - The length of studies is determined by the university to which the student applies, depending on the level of studies they are applying to.

Scholarship - Full degree studies are not a scholarship programme, which means that all costs are covered by the participating student. Additionally, some small stipends may be acquired from third parties, but that is the student's’ responsibility to find and apply for them.

Destinations - Most university courses offer the opportunity for foreign students to enrol, as long as they meet the admissions criteria.

Application procedure - Student should check with the desired university about relevant deadlines and admission criteria which should be met. Students should make sure they acquire certificates for the required level of language competence. The admission criteria are more demanding than that of an exchange, as the applying student generally needs to meet all the criteria that applying local students meet.

Whom to contact? - Concrete information can be found when contacting the desired university.

 

Joint Master Degree Studies

Description - Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees (EMJMD) are delivered by several participating universities which have an interest in the area covered by the programme.

Who can apply? - Students at Master's level can apply. Academics may also apply to take part as guest lecturers or academics. Applications are open to individuals from Programme and partner countries.

How long is it? - An EMJMD is a high-level integrated international study programme of 60, 90 or 120 ECTS credits, i.e. from a minimum of 12 months, to a maximum of 24 months.

Scholarship - Students may be awarded an Erasmus+ EU grant to help cover the travel and subsistence costs incurred in connection with their study period abroad. 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.

Destinations - Study must take place in at least two of the Programme countries represented in the consortium. Part of the studies can also take place in a Partner country if there is a partner-country institution involved.

Application procedure - Students at Masters level can apply to a maximum of three different programmes. Both, students and potential scholars/guest lecturers should contact the relevant Consortium for more information on courses and application procedures.

Whom to contact? - More information about the programme can be found on the European Commission's website.

 

Erasmus+ Master Loans

Description - Erasmus+ Master Loans allow students to apply for financial support for their Master's studies abroad. Loans will be offered by participating banks and student loan agencies on favourable conditions to mobile students, including better than market interest rates and up to two years to allow graduates to get into a job before beginning repayment

Who can apply? - Higher education students who have been accepted for a full Master's study programme in another Erasmus+ Programme Country can apply for a loan to contribute to their costs.

How much can be borrowed? - Up to €12,000 for a one-year Master's course or up to €18,000 for a two-year Master's course.

Destinations - Your destination country must be different from your country of residence, and from that where you obtained your Bachelor's degree.

Application procedure - Students should apply directly to participating banks or student loan agencies.

Whom to contact? - More information about the programme and the partner banks and agencies can be found on the European Commission's website.

 

Bilateral Agreements

Description - Bilateral Agreement is an inter-institutional agreement between two higher education institutions to develop mutual activities and student exchange among them. It offers an excellent opportunity for students to spend up to two semesters in a foreign university with free tuition guaranteed.

Who can apply? - University students and staff.

How long is it? - There is a possibility to participate in the exchange several times. However, an overall period spent on exchanges cannot exceed 4 semesters for Bachelor’s students and 2 semesters for Master's students.

Scholarship - Some agreements foresee financial support for exchange students, but it depends on the agreement.

Destinations - All around the world. It depends on the university and its relations with particular universities.

Application procedure - Regarding the application process, students should contact the Exchange Coordinator of the Faculty, or directly the International Relations Office at their home university.

Each university might have slightly different criteria, but in general there are several documents that need to be prepared for the application:

  • Bilateral Agreement application form
  • Learning Agreement
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Motivation letter

The candidates are chosen by their home institution and the documents are being sent to the host university. The final decision about acceptance belongs to the university the student is applying to and is made based on the application documents that were sent.

Whom to contact? - The Exchange coordinator of the faculty, or the International Relations Office at your university.