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The Erasmus Programme
Does the film “L'auberge espagnole” ring any bells? (It was known as “The Spanish apartment” or “Pot luck” in English.) Erasmus is perhaps the most famous European exchange programme, thanks in part to this film. Since its launch in 1987, more than 2 million students have gone abroad on this programme. Every year 120,000 students go to a European Union country to complete part of their course.
Erasmus: european higher education
The aim of the programme is to establish cooperation between students and higher education institutions in Europe. Universities exchange students in order to develop this cooperation.
Who is it for?
Any student having recently completed their first year at university and who is a citizen of one of the eligible countries (EU and EFTA countries as well as Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey). Your institution must have an Erasmus University Charter to participate in the programme. In theory, the Erasmus programme is open from the second year of your Bachelor, Master or PhD degree course but in practice the majority of students do not go before getting their degree!
How long does it last?
The Erasmus exchange programme can last from 3 months to 1 year but usually for a semester.
How does it work?
The many advantages of the erasmums programme:
The period of study is fully incorporated into the curriculum.
ECTS credits allow you to validate your year of study as if you had followed the university curriculum in the usual way.
- You have no registration fee to pay to the host institution.
- You are an Erasmus student!
As an Erasmus student, you get special care and attention from the university administrators and lecturers. Everything is done to make sure you settle in: access to university accommodation, scholarships, Erasmus parties to help you meet other Erasmus students etc.
In some cases, you save on enrolment fees.
You enrol and have to pay the enrolment fee from your home university. In some cases, this is a big advantage because the fees are lower in your home country.
To find out more:
Since January 2014, the Erasmus+ program brings together all European mobility programs.