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Student exchange in Europe through Erasmus+

If you choose Europe when going on an exchange, you will be part of the big Erasmus family of students who have been going on exchange programmes for the last 30 years. The programme is open for all students at the University of Stavanger.

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Why Europe?

Europe is diverse. It has a varied culture, beautiful languages and a dramatic history. So get ready for a great European adventure, and have one of the most exciting trips of your life! Three million students have travelled before you. Become part of this community too!

Why an Erasmus+ exchange?

Study grant Offer of an online language course before the start of the semester

Exemption from tuition fees at the host university An introductory programme for all new students

Where do you want to go?
Contact us
Marianne Høie

Erasmus+ coordinator

Student Exchange to United Kingdom after 2020

On 1 January 2021, UK decided not to continue its participation in the Erasmus + program. UiS students will still be able to travel on an exchange to the UK through Erasmus + until the academic year 2022/23, however here is no guarantee of receiving an Erasmus+ grant to the UK. Please contact the Erasmus+ coordinator if you have any questions.

What is Erasmus+

All students can participate in an exchange programme or traineeship in an EU or EEA country through the Erasmus+ mobility programme. Erasmus+ is the largest mobility programme within Europe and is financed by the EU.

Erasmus+

For 30 years, the EU has funded the Erasmus programme, which has enabled over three million European students to spend part of their studies at another higher education institution or with an organisation in Europe 

Erasmus+ is the EU's programme for co-operation between higher education institutes within Europe and is part of the EU's Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP). Erasmus+ is an education co-operation between the EU countries, the EEA countries Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, and also Turkey.  

You can read more about Erasmus + on the European Commission's webpages

Erasmus+ and the EU 

Erasmus+ is based on Europe 2020, the EU's 10-year strategy on growth and employment. The quality of teaching and training, as well as innovation and connections between education and work life, are some of the central focus areas in Erasmus+. The programme should enable four million people to study, do practical work, learn or do voluntary work within education by 2020. 

 The countries involved in Erasmus+ include the 28 EU countries, the three EEA countries and Macedonia and Turkey. Partner countries include Switzerland, Russia and our neighbours in the East, the Western Balkans and the Southern Mediterranean Region. (Sources: siu.no; regjeringen.no) 

Erasmus+ student charter (pdf) 

Erasmus + at the University of Stavanger 

The University of Stavanger has entered into a number of Erasmus+ agreements with several countries and universities in most Europe countries. The individual agreement belongs to a specific department. 

More about Erasmus+ 

Erasmus+ Tests, Reports and Documents

An overview over which test, reports and documents you have to finalize to get your stay approved and to get your Erasmus+ grant.

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Learning Agreement

All students who go on an Erasmus+ exchange need to have a Learning agreement before going abroad.

What is a Learning Agreement for Studies?

A Learning Agreement for Studies should be completed and signed by the student, contact person at the international office and the Erasmus co-ordinator at the host university prior to the exchange. This is an important piece of documentation that is often included with the application for the host university. 

Learning Agreement for Studies and Learning Agreement for Traineeships 

Students who go on traineeships should complete a separate learning agreement with the contact person at the international office. 

Prior to the student exchange 

Prior to going on a student exchange, part one of the agreement called "Before the mobility" should be completed. The contact person will assist all Erasmus+ students in completing part 1 of the learning agreement. There is a table on page 1 where the courses approved for the student at the host university are entered. 

During the student exchange 

 The student should complete part 2 of the agreement, "During the mobility", if changes occur regarding the original syllabus. Overlaps may occur in the schedule and/or a course may end up not being taught in English. In such cases, it is important to get help to find a new course as soon as possible. The individual student is responsible for seeking approval from their contact person and clarifying any changes as soon as possible. 

Following completion of the student exchange 

This part of the agreement is called "after the mobility". No signature is necessary for the last part, but it is important that UiS receives documentation from the host university confirming that the student exchange has been completed. The student is responsible for ensuring that UiS receives a grade transcript from the host university. The Erasmus co-ordinator will send other papers that should be completed at the end of the student exchange. 

Language Support

Many of UiS's Erasmus+ partners offer courses that are taught in English, but it will also be possible to do courses that are taught in other European languages. Regardless of the language of instruction chosen, there are different language support schemes available.

The Council of Europe has created a Common European Framework of Reference for Languages which is a common European framework for describing skills and competencies for each level. The foreign language proficiency scale has six levels. 

When the departments at the University of Stavanger enter into Erasmus+ exchange agreements, the language proficiency level expected of students is stated. Normally, level B2 is required, but this may vary. Information about language requirements can be found in the description of the individual agreement. 

To improve language proficiency among Erasmus+ students and to provide a tool that is used to test language proficiency: Online Linguistic Support (OLS).

Online Linguistic Support (OLS) before travelling 

 Students whose working language or language of instruction during an Erasmus stay is Danish, Dutch, Czech, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish or Swedish must do an OLS language level test before travelling. Students who achieve a score that does not meet the language requirements agreed with the relevant partner will be offered an OLS language course in the relevant language. 

The International Office gives out licences for OLS level tests and courses. 

Language courses in the host country

For students who would like to refresh their foreign language skills, it is recommended that they consider doing a language course in the host country before the exchange. 

Erasmus+ students receive a grant per day of the exchange programme. For students who would like to follow an introductory course in language and culture in the host country, the start date of the exchange programme can be the first day of the course. 

There are no specific requirements for the length and scope of the course, but it must be relevant to the period of study/traineeship afterwards. The course can be done under the auspices of either the host educational institution or another course provider. It is up to the individual student to find out about such courses. Documentation must be submitted to the International Office. 

OLS Language Assessment 

OLS Language Course 

Grant payments

Good grant schemes make choosing Erasmus+ as a mobility programme attractive.

Sparegris

All students who go on a student exchange to an educational institution with which UiS has an Erasmus+ agreement get an Erasmus+ grant. The grant is given automatically, and the students to whom this applies will receive information directly from the International Office. 

Scholarship Erasmus 2020/2021 

  • €460 per month for Denmark, Finland, Iceland,  Ireland,  Liechtenstein, Luxembourgh, Sweden.
  • € 410 per month for other countries. 
  • Students on traineeships receive an extra €150 per month. 

Students with children under the age of 18 years may have an additional grant of € 250. 

Payment

The main part of the grant will be paid at the start of the semester while the remaining part of the grant (at least one month's value) will be withheld until the end of the exchange.  Students that does not hand in required documentation within given deadlines will not get the remaining part of the grant, and the main part of the grant must be returned.

What requirements are there?  

  • Grant agreement 

Payment of the grant will be regulated by a grant agreement which is entered into between UiS and the individual student. The agreement must be completed and signed before the grant can be paid. 

  • Confirmation that insurance has been taken out 

It must be confirmed in the grant agreement that insurance has been taken out for the exchange. The insurance company name and policy number must be provided. 

  • Language proficiency test 

Students who will be studying in English or certain other European languages must complete an Online Linguistic Support (OLS) language level test both before and after the exchange. Read more about language support. Students who get C2 in the first test prior to departure are exempted from taking the test after the exchange. 

  • Submitting a report 

Following the exchange, the student must provide a report which is sent to the students automatically from Mobility Tool- 

  • Confirmation of the duration of the exchange 

As the grant is paid per day of the exchange, confirmation of the duration of the exchange from the host educational institution must be provided by the end of the exchange. 

Green travels

Students who do not receive travel support will receive an extra 50 euros (lump sum), plus up to 4 extra days with a Erasmus+ grant to return travel when travelling environmental friendly.

What defines green travels? "Green travel is defined as the travel that uses low-emissions means of transport for the main part of the travel, such as bus, train or car-pooling" (diku.no)

Green travel must be documented.

Over 50% of the trip must be made with environmental friendly travel alternatives.

Erasmus+ traineeship

Erasmus+ also gives you the opportunity to go abroad for a period of work experience. This scheme gives you a unique opportunity to make international contacts and broaden your knowledge.

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Who– what – where – when 

Erasmus+ mobility for traineeships in Europe is an offer for all students regardless of the speciality or the study programme. You can choose to travel while doing your degree or as a graduate during the year after finishing your degree. As an Erasmus+ trainee, you will receive a grant for travel and living expenses

The purpose of Erasmus+ mobility for traineeships is to acquire practical skills and gain a better understanding of the financial and cultural aspects of the host country. It also gives you unique opportunities to build networks and gain international experience that will benefit you as a job seeker in the work market. 

Duration

An Erasmus+ traineeship can last from 2-12 months. You can be an Erasmus student several times, but only once per education cycle (bachelor, master, PhD). If you have already been on an Erasmus+ student exchange programme abroad, you can still go on a traineeship within the same cycle. 

Financial conditions– grant rates for 2021-2022 

You will receive a grant of €660 per month for traineeships in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Sweden, Ireland, Liechtenstein and Luxembourg. You will receive a grant of €610 per month for traineeships in other European countries. 

An Erasmus+ grant can generally be combined with other forms of suppor, like otherscholarships and \ grants from both public and private donors.

An Erasmus+ traineeship as part of your education 

If you would like to go on an Erasmus+ traineeship as part of your education, it is important to get this approved in advance by the department that is offering this study programme. Speak with your student adviser if possible about what you need to do. For some study programmes, typically nursing and social studies, traineeships have already been presented in the summary of options for exchange programmes.

Erasmus+ traineeships for graduates 

It is also possible to go on an Erasmus+ traineeship after you have completed your education, in the following study year. Your department does not have to approve this. You should apply for the grant before graduating from UiS and the traineeship has to take place within 12 months after graduating. 

UiS agreements for practical students 

UiS would like to enter into agreements with selected institutions/organisations that offer traineeships, but for now students have to find traineeships on their own. 

Overview of traineeships in Europe

 Many companies and institutions offer trainee places for European students on Erasmus+ scholarships. See overview of useful links on the left. 

How to apply?

Please contact the International Office in the Digital student service desk. Please note that a Learning Agreement for traineeships has to be filled out and signed by the traineeship provider. You need to submit your application before graduation. 

Useful links

studereiutlandet.no 

erasmusintern.org 

schooleducationgateway.eu 

Global Erasmus+ mobility

This entirely new initiative in the Erasmus programme is part of the EU's strategy on co-operation with neighbouring regions and other partner countries.

Students can receive support for a period of study abroad in partner countries outside the EU/EEA as an integrated part of their education. For 2017/2018 there are no grants available 

The places will be allocated based on the applicant's average grade in accordance with the Guidelines for allocation of limited-enrolment study places

All students applying for an exchange programme to this university within the deadlines will be included in the competition for grants. There is an absolute minimum requirement that applicants must have at least 60 credits before going on a student exchange abroad. 

Adaptations 

One of our goals is that students with various disabilities are able to take part in an Erasmus+ exchange programme. The international office would like to facilitate student exchanges for this student group.

Background

 Students with disabilities or a chronic disease often do not have the same opportunities as others to participate in exchange programmes. Erasmus+ is focused on ensuring that all students have the opportunity to go on a student exchange. Like other universities and university colleges that participate in Erasmus+, the University of Stavanger is committed to assisting people with special needs or disabilities. 

Support schemes

  • The Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund 

You can apply to the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund for extra support to cover additional expenses incurred in connection with the student exchange 

  • Extra Erasmus+ grant 

The Erasmus supplementary grant is for students with disabilities who require adaptations. Funding of up to 100% to cover all types of additional expenses that are not covered by aids/support that the student needs to bring when travelling abroad. It is the student's home institution that applies for the funds. The application must include a doctor's certificate. The grant is paid either as a fixed monthly sum or as documented expenses. (Siu.no) 

  • Diku (Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education) 

The University of Stavanger can apply for extra funds from Diku. These funds shall cover extra expenses that are NOT covered by public funds/support for things that the student needs to bring when travelling abroad. 

  • The Stiftelsen Sophies Minde foundation 

Stiftelsen Sophies Minde provides a grant that is earmarked for physically-disabled students doing a bachelor's or master's degree. The grant can also be awarded in connection with a student exchange. The purpose of the grant is to help more students with physical disabilities go on to higher education, and also make it easier to do so.

Help and advice from the International Office 

The international office will facilitate all students who would like to go on a student exchange. If you have a health problem or physical disabilities and are unsure how to arrange to go on a student exchange, please contact the international office in the Digital student service desk for help and advice with the process.

Find more information about outbound exchange