Students

Students

Through the Erasmus Programe, european universities are encouraged to organized their student’s mobility, strengthening cooperation ties between higher education institutions, but also with businesses and all kind of institutions present in the job market.

This action is directed to promote European’s extent on higher education, promoting transnational cooperation among institutions, fostering European mobility, improving transparency and studies academic recognition all over Europe. This way, the action enrichens the institution’s educational context.

The Programme offers carrying out a studying period with full academic recognition at a higher education institution based in a 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 value them academically and scientifically, but also through the enrichment of their linguistic, cultural and educational knowledge about other European countries.

Students can carry out a mobility period that must go from 3 months (minimum) to 12 months (maximum) during the academic year, and always under a valid Bilateral Agreement.

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

| The maximum of 12 months of overall mobility periods (regardless of the type studying, training or recent graduates) per studying cycle is regarded; for integrated masters’ students, each cycle of studies (1st and 2nd) allows a total of 12 months of mobility periods.

Any student may apply following the subsequent requirements:

| Being validly enrolled in a studying cycle to accomplish a degree (‘Licenciatura’ Degrees (1st Cycle) – BSc + Integrated Master Degrees (1st and 2nd Cycles) BSc + MSc; Master Degrees (2nd Cycle) MSc; Doctoral Degrees (3rd Cycle)  and regardless of nationality;
| For 1st cycle degrees, students may only carry out their mobility from the second year on;
| Mobility to the participant’s official residence is not allowed.

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


The application procedure takes place normally between december and april (as the case may be of 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 moment or different application deadlines, while also organizing informative sessions to enlighten and motivate the potential Erasmus students.

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

Step by Step:

| Search online for information about Foreign Higher Education Institution’s studying plans, deadline applications, calendars, location, languages courses, accommodation and other relevant matters;
| Complete the Application at your School’s Erasmus/International Office, within the deadline and gathering all the required documents, choosing up to 5 hosting institutions maximum;
| Once you are pre-selected, you should shape your studying plan (Learning Agreement) and submit it for your Degree’s ERASMUS Scientific Supervisor’s approval;
| Complete and submit at your School’s Erasmus/International Office all documents to formalize the mobility at the hosting institution, so that you can be nominated with the hosting institutions;
| Carry out your application to the hosting institution, which may be operated online or digitally and directly by the student (in this case you must inform your School’s Erasmus/International Office);
| An acceptance letter will be issued by the hosting institution, as other information will also be given such as academic calendar, welcoming sessions, among other;
| Your Erasmus process will be open and your Erasmus Grant Agreement will be issued (as long as your required documentation has 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 accordant grant. If the grant agreement is issued after the mobility starts, students should nominate a proxy to sign on their behalf.
| Search and provide for a flight and accommodation.
| Don’t forget to consult the available Check-List.

The Erasmus Mobility Grant aims to cover supplementary expenses that result from the difference of life costs between the home country and the hosting country.

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

| The amount of each grant is set for each academic year. The European Comission has established 3 groups of country (1 – high cost of living. 2 – medium cost of living, 3 – low cost of living), in which the National Agencies have defined identical and fixed grant rates.
| Grants will be assigned according to the hosting 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 hosting institution and access to its services during the Erasmus mobility period).

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

Grant Payment

| All participating students that are granted with financial Support must have a Fiscal Identity Number (NIF) and a Portuguese International Bank Account Number (IBAN);
| Before the Erasmus mobility starts, Schools establish and communicate the list of selected students for financial support revealing the corresponding amounts;

If a grant is assigned, its payment will be carried in the following 30 days after the grant agreement is signed.


Funding

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

  • Check List

Before Leaving:

Make sure that your School’s Erasmus/International Offce has sent:

| your nomination/application form
| academic records;

| linguistic certificates or diplomas;

| language course form (if relevant);

| arrival and departure dates confirmation.

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

Don’t forget to carry with you:

Don’t Forget to bring with you:

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

Before coming back please request:

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

Upon arrival:

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

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

All curricular units accomplished by the Erasmus Students at their hosting University must be fully recognized at the home institution as long as they match what was previously established upon 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, check that your Erasmus mobility appears on the Diploma’s Supplement.