In addition, you will be awarded a grant to help subsidize the costs of your stay abroad. All courses passed abroad will be counted toward your degree in your home country. These credits are typically awarded based on the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). This is a standardized system used to compare the study of students across the European Union. 60 ECTS credits normally correspond to one year of study.
In order to participate in the Erasmus Programme, you must apply. Places are allocated by the Erasmus Coordinators in each subject area. Once you have been allocated an Erasmus place, the Erasmus International Office will nominate you with your chosen host institution. You must then follow your host university’s admission process and be accepted by your host university.
There are different Erasmus programmes targeted toward different groups. Opportunities exist for the following target groups:
In order to participate in the Erasmus Programme, you must be registered at an institution of higher education. Your enrollment at this institution must lead to a recognized degree or other recognized tertiary-level qualification (including a master’s degree or doctorate). The institution must be a holder of the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education. You must meet all applicable language requirements and must be accepted by the host university.
Some exchanges do offer courses in English. This depends on the exchange programme as well as the host country. For example, instruction for English Literature exchange programmes is always in English. Universities in Scandinavia, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Czech Republic may also offer courses in English.
At the majority of universities, courses will be taught in the native language. That means that you will be expected to follow lectures, write essays, and take exams in the language of instruction. If you are considering an Erasmus programme that is not taught in English, you need one of the following:
If you do not meet at least one of the criteria outlined above, you will be required to take a language test. You will need to achieve at least a level B2 before participating in the exchange programme.
In some cases, the host university may offer language classes. These language classes may even be subsidized or free and can be an excellent way for you to improve your language skills before beginning the semester. However, the specifics of these language classes do vary between countries and host institutions. You will need to check with your host university for more information.