Moving abroad can seem to be a fascinating yet terrifying experience but fear not, some international organisations exist to help you throughout your journey and facilitate every step you take toward the placement of your dreams.
In this article we will be checking out the most famous and recognised student organisation in the EU: Erasmus. In 5 steps, you will learn all there is to know about this incredible student program.
1. What is Erasmus?
Erasmus is the famous program created in 1987 that allows European students to study abroad for a year as part of an exchange program. In 2014 Erasmus launched a new program called Erasmus +, dedicated to students in higher education who have to complete an internship abroad to validate their semester. The internship has to consist of 8 to 24 weeks of full-time work within a foreign company.
The aim is to encourage the development of the students’ linguistic, intercultural and professional skills to foster their entry in the European labour market thanks to this significant experience on their CVs. This is also an opportunity for the European schools and universities to establish partnerships with foreign companies and firms.
2. Which destination to choose?
In addition to the 26 members of the European Union (Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Danemark, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Czech republic, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Sweden), the Erasmus+ program includes the UK, Iceland, Macedonia, Liechtenstein, Norway and Turkey.
However, you need to be careful while choosing your destination country as you will need to consider the country’s market and cost of living.
3. What financial help can you apply for?
You will need to apply for the scholarships at your School or University. Erasmus + offers the equivalent of up to £150 per month to each student depending on the destination country, however as this grant is usually applied 3 month after the application, you will need to anticipate and plan a budget to live on until then.
4. What are the acceptance criteria?
Although you need a good level of English to be able to apply for Erasmus +, you also need to have acceptable overall grades for your application to be successful. Before accepting your application, the schools and universities will study your results and achievements, as well as your determination.
5. What documents do you need?
Throughout your application for an Erasmus + grant, you will be asked to provide all sorts of documents regarding your education and the hosting company.
First, you will need to ask your placement officer to send you an application form and fill it with your personal information. Once you have filled and proofread the form, you can submit it to the secretariat in charge and they will submit your application to the international department of your school/university for you.
After applying via this form, you will be asked to provide a student certificate, a copy of your bank details, an ID picture as well as your placement agreement. This placement agreement will be delivered by your secretariat, you will need to request a placement agreement from your university/school, which has to be filled by the hosting company, your school/university and yourself.
We hope this has helped in your ERASMUS application process….GOOD LUCK!