An international exchange and studying abroad has many benefits. Functioning in a different environment could change your musical development in important ways. You could even choose to focus your exchange on certain aspects of your studies, for example directions of study that you cannot pursue at your home institution. An exchange will give you the opportunity to gain more insight into the international music field and the flexibility that is needed from you as a musician. This will be to your benefit, since the music profession is nowadays becoming more and more international. You will not only discover more about the world, but also about yourself. That is a challenge that strengthens your self-confidence, widens cross-cultural insight, shapes your goals, and positively influences your future. An exchange is also a good method to develop your network of personal and professional contacts.
- What is ERASMUS?
- Who can participate in ERASMUS?
- How do I participate in ERASMUS and where do I go?
- What kind of rights and obligations do I have as an ERASMUS exchange student?
- Are there any deadlines I need to respect?
- Can I apply for an ERASMUS grant? How?
- How much is the ERASMUS grant?
- Can I get an ERASMUS grant even if I am receiving a grant or a loan in my home country?
- Can I receive a grant for studying abroad in countries not covered by the ERASMUS programme?
ERASMUS is the Higher Education section of the European Community action programme called “Lifelong Learning Programme” in the field of education. ERASMUS is a EU funded programme, which contains a wide range of measures designed to support the European activities of higher education institutions, including mobility and exchange of their students and teaching staff. The programme is open to the 27 Member States of the European Union, to the three EEA countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and to Turkey.
To participate in the ERASMUS programme, you must fulfil the following conditions:
- You are a student and enrolled in a formal programme of study at higher education level leading to a degree or a diploma (including doctoral level) in one of the participating countries.
- You are a citizen of one of the participating countries (or are recognised as having an official status of refugee or stateless person or permanent resident).
- You have completed at least the first year of you institution studies.
- Your institution is participating in the ERASMUS programme, namely has been awarded a ERASMUS University Charter.
You have to contact your international office/coordinator to find out if you can study at selected partner institutions of your home institution in one of the thirty participating countries. There are a certain amount of places and grants available at each host institution which are given to the students mainly after a selection test organized by your home institution.
All your rights, as well as your obligations, as an ERASMUS student are written down in the ERASMUS Student Charter, which is given to you before leaving for your study period abroad. The ERASMUS Student Charter outlines the basic entitlements of the ERASMUS students, such as free tuition and full recognition of studies abroad. The Charter also specifies the main obligations of ERASMUS students, providing them with an overview of their duties in respect to both their home and host universities.
There is no single deadline for Erasmus applications, because each institution organises its selection procedure independently. Enquire at your institution concerning its application deadlines.
ERASMUS provides mobility grants to many thousands of students. These grants are intended to help students cover the extra costs that come with studying abroad, such as travel expenses, language preparation costs, and higher general costs of living in the host country. The ERASMUS grant covers the period of study abroad (from the three months to a full academic year). The application procedure for an ERASMUS grant varies from country to country. Contact the international relations office of your home institution about the grant application.
The awarded amount varies significantly from country to country. In any case, don’t expect a full scholarship. The ERASMUS grant is intended as a contribution towards covering the difference in living expenses abroad. It can be combined with additional funds provided by the institution, by the member state or by the other public or private bodies.
If you are entitled to a national grant or loan for study at home, you will normally continue to be entitled to it during your ERASMUS study period abroad.
There are some possibilities (bilateral exchange programmes, CEEPUS, NORDPLUS, private grants). You can study abroad in the countries of South-East Europe (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and the Former Republic of Yugoslavia), the new Independent States of the former Soviet Union (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, the Russian Federation, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan) and Mongolia with the TEMPUS programme.