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Students

Through the Erasmus+ Programme, European Universities are encouraged to organize their students’ mobility, strengthening cooperation ties between higher education institutions, but also with businesses and all kinds of institutions present in the job market.

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This action is meant to promote the European scope on higher education, encouraging transnational cooperation among institutions, fostering European mobility, and improving academic transparency and recognition in all of the European Union. As such, the institutions see their educational contexts enriched.

The Programme provides the attendance of a study period, with full academic recognition, at a higher education institution based in an European Union Country, Turkey, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Croatia or the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

The Erasmus+ Programme allows students to benefit from an international experience that will not only enhance them academically and scientifically, but also improve their cultural and educational knowledge about other European countries as well as their language skills.

Within the school year, students may carry out mobility periods of 3 to 12 months (minimum and maximum) at institutions covered by a valid Bilateral Agreement.

 

The Erasmus+ Programme allows students to carry out more than one mobility period per study cycle as long as:

| The overall mobility period does not exceed 12 months per study cycle (whether to study, for training or as newly graduates); for Integrated Masters’ Degree students, each cycle of studies (1st and 2nd) allows a 12 month mobility period.

Students of any study cycle (1st, 2nd or 3rd) may apply in compliance with the following requirements:

| Being enrolled as a regular student for a full degree (‘Licenciatura’ Degrees (1st Cycle) – BSc + Integrated Master Degrees (1st and 2nd Cycles) BSc + MSc; Master Degrees (2nd Cycle) MSc; Doctoral Degrees (3rd Cycle), regardless of nationality;
| For 1st cycle degree students, mobility is only available from the 2nd year onward;
| Mobility to the participant’s country of official residence is not allowed.

In addition, each School may establish its own selection and seriation criteria, according to each degrees’ specificities.

The application procedure usually takes place between December and April (as may be the case for your School) of the school year previous to the school year during which the mobility will be carried out. Some Schools may have a pre-application period or different application deadlines, while also organizing informative sessions to enlighten and motivate potential Erasmus students.

The applicant must contact his Erasmus/International Office, in order to gather information about application deadlines, eligibility and selection criteria and learn which foreign universities have valid Bilateral Agreements in her/his field of study.

Step by Step:

| Do an online search for information on Foreign Higher Education Institutions’ study plans, deadline applications, calendars, location, languages courses, accommodation and other relevant topics;
| Complete the Application at your School’s Erasmus/International Office within the deadline and gather all the required documents, choosing up to 5 hosting institutions (maximum);
| Once you are pre-selected, you should shape your study plan (Learning Agreement) and submit it to the approval of your Degree’s ERASMUS Scientific Supervisor;
| To formalize your mobility at the host institution, submit all documents at your School’s Erasmus/International Office, so that they can send the nominations of the selected students to the host Universities;
| Carry out your application for the host institution (you must learn about deadlines on their website or contact the Erasmus/International Office). Should the application process be done online directly, you must let your School’s Erasmus/International Office know.
| An acceptance letter will be issued by the host institution, as other information will also be provided, such as the academic calendar, welcoming sessions, etc.;
| Your Erasmus process will be open and your Erasmus Grant Agreement will be issued (as long as your required documents have been gathered, including the European health insurance card with your Social Security Services, or other Health Insurance Systems/Subsystems). After you sign the Erasmus Grant Agreement your participation in the Programme is formalized and allows you to receive the grant. If the grant agreement is issued after the mobility starts, students should nominate a proxy to sign for the grant on their behalf.
| Search and provide for your flight and accommodation.
| Don’t forget to consult the available Check-List.

The Erasmus Mobility Grant aims to cover extra expenses that result from the difference of living costs between the home and host country.

Being selected to carry out an Erasmus mobility does not necessarily involve being a beneficiary of a financed mobility grant.

| The amount of each grant is set for each academic year. The European Commission has established 3 groups of countries (1 – high cost of livin; 2 – medium cost of living; 3 – low cost of living), based on which the National Agencies have defined identical and fixed grant rates.
| Grants will be assigned according to the host country’s rate and to an established number of mobility days, which may match the entire mobility period or may be combined with additional “zero grant” days (not financed).

It is not possible to assure that all students will be granted financial support, but all Erasmus mobility will still be supported institutionally, meaning that all students benefit from all the conditions and participating rights in the Erasmus Programme (exemption of paying tuition fees at the host institution and access to its services during the Erasmus mobility period).

Practical matters such as accommodation and travelling are entirely the students’ responsibility.

Grant Payment

| All participating students that are granted with financial support must have a VAT Number (NIF) and a Portuguese International Bank Account Number (IBAN);
| Before the Erasmus mobility starts, Schools establish and communicate the list of students selected for financial support with the corresponding amounts;
| If a grant is assigned, its payment will made in the 30 days following the grant agreement signature.

Funding

Erasmus funding designed for grant support of mobility of students is provided by the European Commission through the Erasmus+ National Agency.

Before Leaving:

Make sure that your School’s Erasmus/International Offce has sent us your:
| nomination/application form;
| academic records;
| linguistic certificates or diplomas;
| language course form (if relevant);
| arrival and departure dates’ confirmation.

Make sure you handed-in your dully signed Learning Agreement (by the student, home institution and hosting institution) at the Erasmus/International Office.

Don’t Forget to bring with you:

| ID card or passport;
| European Health Insurance Card;
| Acceptance Letter from the host Institution;
| Confirmation of accommodation assignment (if relevant);
| Some pocket money for the first days.

Before going back please request:

| Declaration of Stay, mentioning the arrival and departure dates, properly signed and stamped by the host institution;
| The Transcript of Records to be sent to your School’s Erasmus/International Office.

When you get home:

| Hand-in the Declaration of Stay at your School’s Erasmus/International Office;
| After you hand-in your Declaration of Stay, you will be notified by email to complete and submit, within 15 days, a Participant’s Report using the European platform (Mobility Tool).

For more information, please contact your School’s Erasmus/International Office.

All curricular units accomplished by the Erasmus Students at their host University must be fully recognized at the home institution as long as they match what was previously established in the Learning or Training Agreement.

Any changes to the initially approved Learning/Training Agreement must be immediately conveyed and approved by the home institution.

Erasmus mobility is also recognized through the Diploma’s Supplement. Upon requesting for your degree conclusion certificate, confirm that your Erasmus mobility appears on the Diploma’s Supplement.