How to Apply for the Erasmus+ Study Programme

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The Erasmus+ Programme is a European funding programme established in 1987 offering university students the possibility of studying or undertaking an internship abroad in another country.  The duration is usually at least 2 months up to a maximum of 12 months per cycle of studies. Erasmus+ now offers the possibility to go way beyond European borders!

Requirements for Admission to the Erasmus+ Study Programme 

To formulate an application, your university or college must organise an Erasmus+ study call with your Erasmus+ partner and find out the specified application period.  There are certain requirements for admission, as follows: 

  • To be regularly enrolled full-time both for the current academic year and for the year following the issuing of the call.  
  • To understand the language of the host university. 
  • Those who have already participated in Erasmus for study may participate for a maximum of 12 months of Erasmus+ (both for study and traineeship) for each study cycle. 

What Is the Selection Criteria for Erasmus+? 

The following details the selection criteria required to participate in the Erasmus+ Programme: 

  • Number of credits.  
  • Average grade. 
  • Languages skills.  

Students must pass a university exam in their chosen language and each student may apply to no more than 5 foreign universities in total. It is also mandatory to draw up a learning agreement for the first university. We would suggest that it is best to select all five locations of your choice. 

Making Your University Choice 

You should have good knowledge of the foreign language of your desired country and should make your choice accordingly. You will also have to verify information about your choice of foreign universities and the best way to do this is by visiting their websites.  Pay particular attention to the information page for Incoming Students, where there may be information on rules or restrictions on the choice of exams for students from abroad.  Do also consult their educational syllabus. Once you’ve collected the information, you will then have to check which courses provided by the foreign university can be included in your curriculum. 

Minimum and Maximum Period of Studying/Learning Abroad on Erasmus+ 

The months indicated are indicative of the maximum stay period, so you should check the real start and end dates of the semester on the website of your desired foreign university.  Furthermore, you must complete the Learning Agreement by including the exams that you would like to take abroad, at least for your first-choice university. 

Credit Systems and Exams 

Any exam taken while you’re studying at a foreign university should have an equal or greater number of credits than your own university exam and be more or less similar in content. For universities that use a credit system different to your own university system, it is possible to have credit compensation, provided that the content of the courses are similar and that the total number of credits is equal. 

For further information on how to apply for the Erasmus+ Programme, do contact the team at TravelEdventures here.