Erasmus+ is the EU’s programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Its budget of €14.7 billion will provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, and gain experience abroad.
The Erasmus Programme focuses on student and staff mobility between universities. The Erasmus+ Programme still focuses on higher education student mobility but it also includes opportunities to study, train or volunteer abroad for vocational students, apprentices, teachers, youth workers and volunteers.
The programme is named after the Dutch philosopher Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam, which is also an acronym that stands for European Region Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students
Erasmus oportunnities are very confusing for a lot of people, that is why we decided to share with you all the ways and all the possibilities that are within this program.
a) Firstly there are programs just for Students and this programmes involves: Erasmus+ exchange, Erasmus+ Internship and Erasmus Mundus.
1.Erasmus+ Student exchange
Erasmus + exchange involves University student mobility within Faculties all around Europe. It is a great way for student and young people to experience life abroad and face new academic challenges.
The most of the student is awarded with Scolarship that is given by the EU. The range of the Scolarship depends on the origin country and host country, so the grant is varies between 300-600 euros.
The application procces for Erasmus student exchange is quite simple . You just go to your official Faculty page and there you can find a list of Faculties that your Faculty has an agreement with. After chosing your priority the application process can begin. First you apply within your Faculty, in most of the cases You need to write motivation letter, have a decents language level ( most of the Faculties offer the language test) and GPA level.
After that You are filling an online application, and dont worry, you can choose three options (Universities) for your mobility, so there are great chances for you do be selected.
The number of the scolarship is limited, but there is also an option for You to go as an ZERO grant student, which means that You are chossen from the University to do exchange, but You are not awarded with Scolarship, so the coast of living and all the expences are covered by students and their family.
Erasmus exchange students don’t have to pay fees for their overseas studies, and there are some grants available to help with living costs, as well as funding support for students with physical, mental, or health-related conditions. You will need to apply for this programme through your university’s Erasmus or international office.
There are currently over 5,000 higher institutions participating in the Erasmus Program across the 37 countries involved in providing the program to students. 6 million students have been a part of it since it was introduced in 1987.
Erasmus+ Internship offers students and recent graduates an opportunity to gain samo valuable practical skills within their area. At some Universities Internship is obligatory and at some student deside to go by their own will.
The Intership can be done in any company, organisation, public or private institution, cultural, economy institution… Student can find Internship by themselves by directly contacting the prefered institution; or they can choose from the variety of Internship that had been offeres on web pages like: erasmusintern.org.
After applying for prefered Intership, students follow the similar procedure as in Erasmus+student exchange. First their Intership needs to be aproveed by their Faculty and then You have to apply for University scolarship. But this procedure varies from country to country, in some of them, first you get a scolarship then you find a prefered Internship. So the best thing is the search on your Faculty page about the details or contact your ECTS or exchange coordinator.
As in the case of Student mobility, here there is also an option for gaining scolarship, which is in average higher for around 100 euros that the Erasmus+ exchange scolarship. Also the Internship can be paid by your company or organisations, but that does not mean you cannot apply for Erasmus+ scolarship, it just means You will have two sources of Inchttps://erasmusintern.org/ome. Majority of students gets their Scolarship and there are increasing every year.
Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD), is integrated, international study programme, jointly delivered by an international consortium of higher education institutions. Which means that the applicant choose from varieties of options od the desired field of Interest and study their Master in several countries, 3 or 4 countries, depending on the program.
With this program You can get a valuable experience of living and studying in several countries and Universities with widely recognised diplomas. Each faculty provide a Student with an official diploma from their University.
This program is just for Master studies and not only it involves countries from Europe, but also countries From South America, Asia, Kanada, Africa, Australia.
Also a scolarship is provided, which covers coast of living, there are no Faculty fees and the transport is also paid by EU.
More about opportunities and application to Erasmus Mundus, You can find on this page: ec.europa.eu
b) Oportunities for Non students and students, or in generaly young people aged from 18-30 are: Erasmus+youth exchange, training and Educations, European Solidarity Corps and European Voluntery Service
This type of exchange is meant for Young people from 13-30 Years. It is a short term exchange in duration of 5-21 days. The aim of this projects are educational purposes and involves activities such as: workshops, exercises, debates, role-plays, outdoor activities, team building activities. It provides young people to grow as a person and fight to prejudices and stereotypes by gathering young people from all around the world.
Apllication for this type of exchanges usually goes throught local NGO. You can search local organisations in your comunity and apply trought them. Usually this type of exchange has a limited number of participates and selected Countries that can enter the program. The selected countries varies from program to program.
The EU covers all the travel expenses based on travel distances that is calculated using the distance calculator. Accomodation and food are also covered . For this type of “grant” you dont apply directly, your sending or hosting organisations are covering this after You have been accepted to project.
To learn more about Youth exchanges, visit: ec.europa.eu
Similar to this program is Erasmus+ training course, which function in the same way, but just pay more attention to Education and gaining valuable skills.
2.EVS-European Solidarity Corps
The European Solidarity Corps is the new European Union initiative offering young people opportunities to volunteer or work in projects in their own country or abroad while supporting communities and people around Europe.
This type of volunteering is open for young people from 18 years old, legally resident in or have the nationality of one of the: European Union Member States or Partner Countries (North Macedonia, Turkey, Liechtenstein, Iceland, Norway, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia and Russian Federation.
You can register for the European Solidarity Corps when you are 17 years old, but you cannot start a project until you are over 18. You must also complete the European Solidarity Corps project before you turn 31.
After completing a simple registration process, you could be selected and invited to join a wide range of projects, such as:
- Helping rebuild a school or community centre that has been devastated following an earthquake;
- Providing support to newly arrived asylum seekers;
- Clearing vegetation from forests to help prevent wildfires;
- Working with disabled people in a community centre.
There are two types of EVS, short term: up to 2 months and long term (from 2-12 months).
All the travel expences are reimbursed acording to the travel distance calculator, accomodation is provided, food money and allowance.
Very similar to this program is EVS (European Volunteery Service)
This projects and exchanges are great way for young people to grow as a person, learn new things, fight the prejudices, get out of their comfort zone, live in multicultural enviroment…All this leads to a society of tolerant and solidary people who respect each other and live in peace.
So, grab this opportunities, It will cost You literaly nothing and it will make you rich in many other ways.