Education and work experience in Europe
Through the Erasmus programme you can study or do a traineeship at a university, company or organisation in Europe.
Erasmus is an exchange programme that gives you the opportunity to spend several months studying or working as a trainee in Europe. The Erasmus programme is well-known and highly valued on the Swedish and international job market.
As an Erasmus student you will study at a university in another European country for a period of 3-12 months. You will not have to pay any tuition fees at the host university; however, if you are are a fee-paying student at Uppsala University then you will continue to pay tuition during your exchange period. Students will receive a scholarship as part of the Erasmus programme. If you undertake a traineeship in a company or organisation in Europe for 2-6 months, you can apply for an Erasmus Traineeship Grant.
Countries participating in the Erasmus programme:
Through the Erasmus programme you can study at higher education institutions or be a trainee at companies and organisations in the following countries:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey and United Kingdom.
In addition, some islands and other areas outside Europe with affiliations to the EU are approved for Erasmus participation (for example Réunion, Martinique, the Acores, Greenland, French Polynesia and Aruba).
Switzerland used to be an Erasmus country, but is not part of the programme any more and won't be for the time being.
To study abroad as part of the Erasmus programme there must be an exchange agreement between your home university and the foreign university you want to study at.
As a student or trainee through Erasmus, you will receive a scholarship from Uppsala University. Scholarships are intended to cover the additional expenses arising as a result of the period abroad. It will not cover all living expenses during the exchange period.
Conditions for participation in the Erasmus programme
If you wish to partake in Erasmus, you must first apply for an Erasmus exchange through your department or the International Office at Uppsala University. A selection will be made if there are more applicants than places available.
In order to qualify, you must be enrolled as a full-time student at the time of application, with an intent to graduate from Uppsala University. Your proposed Erasmus studies or traineeship must be a part of your degree. You are required to have completed a minimum of 60 credits before departure, and some departments may require more. For PhD students going on an Erasmus study exchange to conduct research, the research has to be a part of the postgraduate education.
All students are allowed a maximum of 12 months (360 days) of Erasmus exchange studies or traineeships within each study cycle (undergraduate/Bachelor's, postgraduate/Master's and doctoral/Ph.D.). According to the regulations one month is calculated as 30 days, which means that a student may receive the grant for a maximum of 360 days. Students can take part in the Erasmus programme as many times as they like, and study at as many different universities, provided they receive a place and the period abroad does not exceed 12 months (360 days) in total. Students are required to stay for a minimum of 3 consecutive months (90 days) for studies and 2 consecutive months (60 days) for a traineeship. Specific departments at Uppsala University and some host universities may require students to stay for a minimum of one semester. If you have taken part in the Erasmus programme before, even if it was through a different Swedish or European university, your exchange period will be counted towards the 12 months.
Online Language Tests and Courses (OLS)
All students that are going on an Erasmus study exchange or traineeship must complete two language tests to check their language skills, one before and one after the exchange period. These tests are a mandatory part of the exchange studies/traineeship and are taken online. A student that fails to take the test before the exchange is not eligible to go on the exchange. A student that fails to take the test after the exchange may not receive the last instalment of the grant.
The students are tested in the main study or working language. The aim of the tests is to evaluate the language skills of the students and how it improves during the exchange. It is the International Office that dispenses the licenses for the language tests.
If needed, licenses for online language courses are handed out after the completion of the first test. These courses are voluntary, but students taking an online language course are expected to participate in it. Students do not receive any extra grant for the online language course, but it is an excellent opportunity to improve language skills.
A test result below B2 automatically generates an online course license, but it is voluntary to take the course.
It is possible for a student to receive a course license for the local language, even if it is not the study/work language. If the test result for the study/work language is high and an online course is deemed unnecessary for that language, the student may receive a course license for the local language instead.
Extra support for students with special needs
Students with physical, psychological or neuropsychiatric disabilities can get additional financial support to cover any extra expenses that may arise as a direct result of the Erasmus stay. When completing the scholarship application please provide information about your special needs and the International Office will get in touch with you.
Erasmus Student Network (ESN) has a guide book that can be of help for outgoing students.
International Office at Uppsala University
A Few Words About Erasmus
Let our Erasmus Ambassadors tell you about their experiences being an exchange student through the Erasmus Programme.
New Erasmus Programme 2014
The Erasmus Programme has existed since 1987 in few different shapes. As of autumn 2014 Erasmus Mobility is a part of a larger framework called Erasmus+. The rules and regulations have changed slightly in this new programme.
Erasmus is good for life. A study from late 2014 shows that the chances of getting employment increases dramatically for students who have been on an Erasmus exchange. More than 85 % of Erasmus participants enhance their chances of getting a job afterwards by developing their personal skills, such as tolerance, self-confidence, problem solving and determination. Five years after graduation the unemployment rate of Erasmus participants is 23 % lower than of other young people.
Among Erasmus trainees, 1 in 10 starts their own company and far more than that consider doing so. And more than one third of trainees are offered jobs at their placements!
The Erasmus exchange also has a positive effect on the more personal level, and for most Erasmus participants this is a life-long effect. Erasmus participants are more prone to moving abroad than those who have not been on an exchange, and it is more common that their life partners are of a different nationality than their own. 27 % of Erasmus participants met their life partner during their exchange. Do you know that 1 million Erasmus babies have been born since the start of Erasmus?
Read more about the study at the European Commission's website.
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