Erasmus Poland

Erasmus Programme is a program of cooperation between the Higher Education Institutions (HEI) in European Union. It is intended primarily for students, academic teachers and researchers. The program was created in 1987. It is named after Erasmus of Rotterdam (1466-1536) - a great Dutch philosopher, humanist and theologian. The goal of the Erasmus programme is to improve the quality of higher education in the countries participating in this program. This requires the development of international cooperation between higher education institutions and support the mobility of students, academic teachers/researchers, technical and administrative staff.

Countries participating in the Erasmus Programme

  • EU countries.
  • 4 EFTA countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
  • EU Candidate Countries: Macedonia and Turkey.

Currently, 4000 higher education institutions are participating in Erasmus programme. During the period 1987-2012 approximately 2,500 000 students, 300,000 academic researchers/teachers and 30,000 technical and administrative staff have participated in an Erasmus mobility.

Erasmus in Poland

Poland has been a member of the Erasmus program since the academic year 1998/1999. Currently, 315 major Polish higher education institutions are participating in the programme. From 1998 to 2012 almost 123,356 Polish students, 33,000 academic researchers/teachers and 14,400 technical and administrative employees participated in Erasmus exchange. During the same period Poland hosted approximately 37,000 students and 14,400 researchers/academic teachers. In each Polish higher education institution there is an Erasmus office. Ithelps the Erasmus fellows and provides all the necessary information.

LPP Erasmus 2007-2013

During the period of 2007-2013 the Erasmus Programme was a part of the Life Learning Program: LPP Erasmus. It is an EU program in the field of education and training.

Erasmus for All

Erasmus for All is the new EU programme for education, training, youth and sport proposed by the European Commission on 23 November 2011. The proposal is now under discussion by the Council of Ministers (27 Members States) and the European Parliament who will take the final decision. Erasmus for All would bring together all the current EU and international schemes for education, training, youth and sport, replacing seven existing programmes with one. This will increase efficiency, make it easier to apply for grants, as well as reducing duplication and fragmentation. It is due to start in 2014.

Up to 5 million people, almost twice as many as now, could get the chance to study or train abroad with a grant from Erasmus for All. Among them would be nearly 3 million higher education and vocational students. Full-time Masters' students would also benefit from a new loan guarantee scheme set up with the European Investment Bank Group.

Erasmus program offers students

Erasmus Student Mobility for Study (SMS):Student mobility for studies, the centrepiece of the programme, enables students at higher education institutions to spend an integrated period of study of between 3 months and 12 months in another participating country.

Erasmus Student Placement (SP): Student mobility for placements enables students at higher education institutions to spend a placement (traineeship/internship) period between 3 months and 12 months in an enterprise or organisation in another participating country.

Initial conditions to study abroad under the Erasmus Programme

  • The Erasmus student can go only once to study abroad.
  • The studies abroad should not be shorter than 3 months and longer than 12 months in the same academic year.
  • The student who participates in Erasmus studies is exempted from payment of tuition fees and examination fees in the foreigner school.
  • The student of Erasmus has an individual curriculum. It is established with the authorities of his school in the Learning Agreement.
  • The Erasmus student can not be on study leave while commencing the Erasmus mobility.
  • If the student is studying in the country whose language is among those less widely taught, he can participate in Erasmus Intensive Language Courses (EILC). The languages English, German, French and Spanish (Castilian) are not eligible for EILC.
  • Disabled students can obtain additional funding.
  • During the stay abroad – the student can get a scholarship funded by Erasmus.

To be admitted to study in the Erasmus Programme the student has to:

  • study in the country-member of the Erasmus Programme,
  • study at a Bachelor, or Master, or PhD level,
  • have finished the first year of Bachelor level (BA).

Erasmus Mundus scholarships and international cooperation

Erasmus Mundus is a cooperation and mobility program in the field of higher education that aims to enhance the quality of European higher education and to promote dialogue and understanding between people and cultures through cooperation with Third-Countries. In addition, it contributes to the development of human resources and the international cooperation capacity of Higher education institutions in Third Countries by increasing mobility between the European Union and these countries.

The Erasmus Mundus programme provides support to:higher education institutions that wish to implement joint programmes at postgraduate level or to set-up inter-institutional cooperation partnerships between universities from Europe and targeted Third-Countries; individual students, researchers and university staff who wish to spend a study /research/teaching period in the context of one of the above mentioned joint programmes or cooperation partnerships; any organisation active in the field of higher education that wishes to develop projects aimed at enhancing the attractiveness, profile, visibility and image of European higher education worldwide.

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Malgorzata Kobierska (Editor)

Karol Kasiński (Correction)

International Relations Office
University of Lodz