ERASMUS exchanges

The ERASMUS+ programme is the European Union's programme to encourage students and academic staff across Europe to experience European education and culture beyond their home countries. ERASMUS+ particularly supports student exchanges and offers funding towards the cost of participation. Already, over 1,000,000 students have taken part in the programme across Europe.

 

The University aims to give students an opportunity to study in a European country to broaden their educational and cultural horizons and to help improve employment prospects.

Most current ERASMUS+ exchanges in the University assist students who have to study abroad as part of their language degree programmes. However, there are also opportunities available to students in certain other subject areas.

See the table below for a full list of agreements held between University of Stirling departments and partner departments at universities outside of the UK.

ERASMUS+ Charter and Policy Statement

The following document is the University's policy on European education in respect of ERASMUS+:

Faculty Organised

Several divisions within Faculties have established exchanges with similar departments in one or more European university. Each exchange has an Adviser of Studies to organise the recruitment, and support of students while they are on exchange. A list of current programmes is at the bottom of this page. These programmes are specific to Divisions within Faculties, so not all degree programmes at Stirling currently have the opportunity of European exchange.

Academic Credit

Students who take part follow an agreed programme of study at their host university and receive full academic credit for their studies abroad. ERASMUS+ exchanges normally take place in semester 5 or 6 of an Honours programme. Students normally study 30 ECTS credits (equal to 60 Stirling credits) per semester on ERASMUS+ exchange.

ERASMUS+ Grant Funding

Currently all students who take part in the programme are awarded a grant towards the additional costs of their studies. These grants vary according to the location and duration of study and in 2016/17 was paid at the rate of up to €330 per month. The minimum exchange period is 3 months. Students taking part in Language Assistantships through the British Council do not qualify for ERASMUS+ funding through the University of Stirling.

These grants are in addition to any existing student loans, scholarships or other funds.

Many UK-resident students on compulsory exchanges, such as most paid language degrees, may be entitled to apply for additional ERASMUS+ levels of loans and SAAS/LEA/NIEB travel grants.

How Do Students Take Part?

We want to give as many students as possible the opportunity to study abroad, but the reality is that we have a finite number of places so selection is competitive.  Erasmus+ exchanges are subject specific and not University wide.  Students can only apply to an exchange partner which is approved for their particular degree programme.  Please refer to the course approval listings in the FAQ section of the website to see what agreements are available for your degree programme.

Students apply by December of their second year to study abroad in the autumn or spring of their third year.  If you are studying a languages degree, you will likely have a compulsory semester abroad during the spring semester of your third year.  You do not have to submit an application to study abroad in this case, your place is guaranteed.  All other exchanges are non-compulsory, and students must go through the formal application process.  Please refer to the FAQ section of the website for more information on the application process.

Students will be selected on the basis of their academic profile, strength of their overall application, and in some cases a study abroad interview.

Each exchange has a named Adviser of Studies in the relevant academic area who publicises the exchangr and advises on academic matters such as identifying comparable modules at the partner university.

The adviser will also ensure that a programme of study is agreed for each exchange student so that permission can be given prior to any departure abroad.  The relevant form is a Learning Agreement.

Once students are selected for an Erasmus+ exchange, the Erasmus Coordinator will work with the student to complete the necessary Erasmus+ Grant paperwork, and relevant British Council paperwork.  All academic issues are the responsibility of the Adviser of Studies.

Students with Special Needs

Some exchange partners are able to provide good levels of support for students with special needs and information on support at institutions is available at www.european-agency.org but any student with specific concerns should always discuss matters with the relevant academic co-ordinator in order to ensure support facilities are in place at the host institution.

Equal Opportunities

The programme operates on the basis of equality of opportunity for all in accordance with the University of Stirling's Equal Opportunities Policy.

Further Information

Contact the appropriate Adviser of Studies for specific programme details.

Questions about existing and new Erasmus agreements can be directed to the Erasmus coordinator at erasmus@stir.ac.uk or by telephone at 01786 466018.

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