What is Erasmus+?

Erasmus+ is a series of programmes developed by the European Community. The main aim of Erasmus+ programmes is to encourage the expansion of European co-operation in the field of education, as well as to make already existing study possibilities in the European Union accessible.

 

 

What is Erasmus+?

Erasmus+ covers all types of university co-operation such as student mobility and teaching staff mobility. The participants are chosen by the home institute. Erasmus+ enables a student to spend five months at a European University. The following countries participate in the Erasmus+ programme: all the EU countries as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey.

 

 

What are the Benefits of Participating in an Erasmus+ Exchange?

  • Erasmus exchange students receive a grant depending on the country of exchange and serves as a contribution to help cover the higher costs of living.
  • Erasmus+ exchange students do not pay tuition fees at either their home university or the exchange university.
  • All the courses passed during an Erasmus exchange are recognised at the home university.
  • Erasmus+ exchange students can participate in language courses that are offered in the exchange country.

 

Prerequisites for an Erasmus Exchange

  • You should be a student at the University of Innsbruck.
  • You should be an Austrian citizen or be a citizen of one of the countries participating in the Erasmus+ exchange.

  

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  

How many courses do I have to take whilst I am on exchange?

For an exchange of up to 5 months you should complete 30 ECTS points.

 

Can I do courses in my second subject?

Yes, it is possible to do courses in your second subject. You should check with your departmental coordinator first. Furthermore, you should talk to the “Studienbeauftragter” (Dr. Gerhard Pisek for the Department of English and American Studies) of your second course before you leave.

 

Which courses can I do at the exchange university?

Most courses completed at the exchange university will be acknowledged. However, it is not possible to take any reading list exams or language awareness courses at the exchange university. You should speak to Dr. Gerhard Pisek about the specific courses you intend to do before you go abroad.

 

Will I continue to get my study grant (Studienbeihilfe) whilst I am abroad?

Yes, you do continue to get your grant. In addition, you can apply for additional funding at the study grant office (Studienbeihilfenbehörde). Please check their homepage for details (www.stipendium.at).

 

When is the application deadline for an Erasmus+ exchange at the English Department?

The application deadline is around mid-December.

 

When do I have to hand in my application forms at the International Office?

After you have been nominated for an Erasmus+ exchange (beginning of February) you will need to print out the official application forms for Erasmus+ from the International Office homepage. These forms should be completed and returned to the International Office either until the 10th of April if you intend to start at the exchange university in the winter semester, or the 10th of September if you wish to begin in the summer term. However, it is always better to hand in all application forms a while before the deadlines, seeing as the International Office is always exceptionally busy around these dates.

 

When should I arrive at the exchange university?

Usually it is sufficient to arrive at the exchange university 1 week before the courses begin. However, you may need more time. In addition, some universities offer orientation weeks for exchange students the week before the semester commences. These are very helpful and should be attended even if they are not obligatory. For specific term dates check the exchange universities homepage.

 

Can I extend my stay at the exchange university?

No, this is not possible.

 

Does the exchange university organise a place to stay?

Most universities do have student housing for which you can apply. Bear in mind though that there are specific application deadlines which are usually either in April or May. For more information and the application forms consult the exchange university’s homepage.