Studying abroad – ERASMUS+

Erasmus+ je is the EU’s educational programme that fosters international cooperation and mobility, and it represents the principal opportunity for AMU students and teachers to be internationally mobile.

Erasmus+ continues in the 2021–2027 programming period with certain new features. The programme will newly be open to first year students, the minimum duration of the stay abroad is reduced to two months, and short-term combined mobility and combined intensive programmes are possible. Doctoral students can newly use the opportunity for short-term stays. The increased budget will allow for the involvement of more applicants and a wider range of organisations.

During the 2021–2027 programming period, Erasmus+ will be:

  • More inclusive: with emphasis on greater openness; greater support for participants with limited opportunities; involvement of a greater range of organisations
  • Simpler: a simpler process of submitting applications; digitisation of the administration; accreditation; simpler partnership options
  • Greener: contributions to more environmentally sound modes of transport

Individual mobility remains one of its principal activities (individuals’ trips abroad to pre-selected host institutions, for a specific purpose and a pre-agreed term, in accordance with the rules for the duration of the stay defined by the programme); this includes student mobility for the purposes of studies/practice and employee mobility for the purposes of teaching/training.

The National Agency has renewed the resource for sharing student experience from their study and hands-on stays – the database of the Erasmus students’ final reports accessible here.

More information on the programme is available on the Erasmus+ website here.

CURRENT NEWS

Erasmus without paper – Online Learning Agreements (OLA)

The ERASMUS+ programme is going digital, and so we would like to ask the students who are preparing for a study stay at an international university under ERASMUS+ to draft and edit their learning agreements (LA) exclusively in electronic form. Learning agreements are newly to be drafted and edited exclusively through the website www.learning-agreement.eu, and the agreements will also be signed electronically only from now on. Faculty ERASMUS+ coordinators will answer any questions you may have in this respect. Here you will find instructions for creating an electronic learning agreement (OLA).

Green Erasmus – we are encouraging ecological travel

Students who go for Erasmus stays may obtain a grant if they use an environmentally sound mode of transport. The new Erasmus+ programming period for the years 2021–2027 brings many new features and topics, including the GREEN ERASMUS+ project aiming at systematically reducing the negative environmental impact of the programme.

We offer an increase of the grant by if you choose an environmentally friendlier mode of transport (surface mass transport – trains, buses…). At the same time, the mobility participants who choose an environmentally friendlier mode of transport can use an eligible period of travel extended by 4 days. Faculty ERASMUS+ coordinators will answer any questions you may have in this respect. Contribute towards reducing the carbon footprint of your travels!

Student mobility
Staff mobility

Erasmus programme offers students two types of activities:
 

Study stays at international tertiary education institutions in a programme or partner country

  • Duration of 2 to 12 months
  • 5 – 30 days virtual component
  • Subject exclusively to applicable inter-institutional agreements between the sending and the receiving university institutions owning ECHE

Combined study mobility at international tertiary education institutions in a programme or partner country

  • If a student is unable to participate in a study stay/internship of a minimum duration of 2 months for serious reasons, he/she can apply for a so-called combined mobility
  • It consists of a shorter foreign stay of 5-30 days and a virtual part of any length, in accordance with the Vice-Rector's Methodological Instruction No.2.

Traineeship for students at international companies or organisations in a programme or partner country

  • Duration of 2 to 12 months
  • 5 – 30 days virtual component
  • Subject to a tripartite agreement between the student, the sending university institution and the receiving organisation, institution or company.
  • Graduate internships (in programme countries only). The new graduates must be chosen by their university institution during their final year of study and they have to embark on and complete their international internship within one year from completing their studies. It is strongly recommended to execute the requisite documents while still being a university student.
  • Students may be received for internship by any public or private organisations active on the labour market or in the field of education, technical training and working with young people, non-profit organisations, public entities on a local, regional or national level, etc.; in effect, this means almost any entity or enterprise except for institutions managing EU programmes (a list of ineligible organisations is provided here).  

Students may take a study or hands-on stay abroad in an aggregate duration of 12 months maximum per study cycle (bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral). In effect, they may take six months of a study stay and six months of a hands-on internship, or a full 12 months of hands-on internship. The limit of 12 months per study cycle applies at all times. Any months spent under a previous Lifelong Education Programme / Erasmus edition within the same study cycle add up for that period. For multiple-year (e.g., five-year) master programmes, the maximum allocation for study/hands-on stays is 24 months. The duration of the traineeship for recent graduates counts towards the maximum of 12 months per cycle in which they apply.

The Erasmus+ programme offers various forms of mobility:

Physical mobility

  • Bachelor, master, doctoral - minimum compulsory duration of stay 2 months
  • Doctoral - possibility of short-term stay of 5-30 days

Combined mobility

  • physical (2 months or in special cases 5-30 days) + virtual
  • in case of shorter physical mobility, gain of at least 3 ECTS credits

Blended Intensive Programme (BIP)

  • Preparation and implementation - at least 3 higher education institutions (ECHE holders) from at least 3 different programme countries
  • Summer schools, field trips, field research, artistic and creative projects, joint projects or intensive courses with a smaller number of students, etc.
  • 15-20 participants - funded students
  • participation of teachers and staff
  • mandatory combination of virtual and physical activity
  • physical activity 5-30 days
  • mandatory virtual activity - length unspecified, mandatory online participation
  • earn at least 3 credits

The virtual element must be set up so that course participants, whether students or staff, can work collectively and simultaneously on specific tasks that are integrated into the intensive program and flow into the overall course learning outcomes.

The Erasmus coordinator at your home university (faculty) will give you more input on the specific opportunities for study or hands-on stays, timing, and the conditions of the selection procedure.

Who can take part – requirements:

  • A student leaving for a study/hands-on stay abroad must be registered for a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree (accredited) programme at a university or must be enrolled at a higher education school involved in Erasmus+
  • Students may study using the full-time, combined, and distance modes. They must be registered for studies throughout the entire duration of the study or hands-on stay (this does not apply to graduate stays).
  • Students leaving for study stays or traineeship must be registered at least in the first year of a bachelor’s or a five-year master’s programme.
  • A student may be the citizen of any country, as long as they study a degree (accredited) programme in the Czech Republic.
  • Students must be chosen in a duly organised selection process.
  • Students who took a study or hands-on stay as part of the Lifelong Learning Programme in the past (LLP 2007-2013) may also take part in Erasmus+: Erasmus, but the previous mobility programmes within the same stage of studies will add up.

Where you can go:

  • The following countries are currently involved in Erasmus+:
  • 27 EU member states: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden
  • EEA countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway
  • Candidate countries: Turkey, North Macedonia, Serbia
  • Switzerland and the United Kingdom
  • Partner countries: subject to the relevant Call for submitting proposals as part of the international credit mobility

You can obtain information regarding the specific options for visiting schools in the countries, with which your school has concluded inter-institutional agreements, at the International Affairs sections of the Rectorate or your Faculty.

How to apply:

Please contact the International Department of the Rector's Office (PROLINK)or the relevant international department of the faculty for information about specific opportunities to go to schools in countries with which your school has concluded inter-institutional agreements and about the specific conditions of the Erasmus+: Erasmus selection procedure.

Financing conditions:

EU defines the principal rules (criteria) for setting the scholarship amounts. The countries are divided into two groups depending on the costs of living (higher, lower), and the scholarship amounts are structured into two zones accordingly (higher, lower). The zone within which the amount of scholarship granted for the stay in a specific country will be depends on the relation between the sending country and the receiving country (depending on whether or not the mobility is between two countries with comparable costs of living).

Further to the execution of a participation agreement, a student receives the grant that is the same for all the students who leave the Czech Republic for a study or hands-on stay under Erasmus+: Erasmus. The grant is understood as a contribution towards increased costs of living abroad; this means the student is expected to participate financially too. The monthly amount of scholarship is fixed.

Language support (OLS), http://erasmusplusols.eu

OLS supports language learning for Erasmus+ participants. Students must take a test of language skills before and after the mobility, and they may take part in an on-line language course. Find out more here.

On-line jazyková podpora (OLS) / DOCX


Erasmus+ offers two types of activities for employees:

Teaching stays

  • Duration: 2 days to 2 months (teaching at least 8 hours per week or over a shorter period of the stay) at a partner institution owning ECHE in programme countries
  • Duration: 50-60 days (teaching at least 8 hours per week or over a shorter period of the stay) at a partner institution owning ECHE in partner countries

This activity enables the educational staff of tertiary educational institutions and corporate employees to teach at international universities/institutions. Employee mobility may take place with regard to any field/academic discipline.

Training

  • Duration: 2 days to 2 months in programme countries
  • Duration: 50-60 days in partner countries
  • Provided by a partner tertiary educational institution owning ECHE, or any public or private organisation active on the labour market or in the field of training, professional education and working with young people.

This activity encourages professional development of both teaching and other employees of universities by means of training abroad (except conferences), shadowing employees in their workplaces / attending lectures / taking specialised courses at partner university institutions or other relevant organisations abroad.

The Erasmus coordinator (PROLINK) at your faculty will give you more information about the specific options for taking a teaching or training stay as well as on the timing and conditions of the selection process.

Who can take part:

Teaching stays

  • Teaching staff of the university (including doctoral students who are employees),
  • The teaching employee may be the citizen of any country, but must have an employment contract with the sending tertiary education institution in the Czech Republic,
  • Foreign expert from a company, worker of any public institution or private organisation active on the labour market in the field of training, professional education and working with young people coming to a Czech university institution further to its invitation (the university institution is financing the person’s stay).

Training stays

  • University employee (teaching, office and/or other staff),
  • The employee may be the citizen of any country, but must have an employment contract with the sending tertiary education institution in the Czech Republic.

Where you can go:

  • The employees of Czech universities and higher educational institutions may take teaching and training stays only in programme and partner countries outside the Czech Republic and the country of their residence. The following countries are currently involved in Erasmus+:
  • 27 EU member states: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden
  • EEA countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway
  • Candidate countries: Turkey, North Macedonia, Serbia
  • Switzerland and the United Kingdom
  • Partner countries: subject to the relevant Call for submitting proposals as part of the international credit mobility

You can obtain information regarding the specific options for visiting schools in the countries, with which your school has concluded inter-institutional agreements, at the International Affairs sections of the Rectorate.




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