Going abroad has many advantages: proof of dynamism, motivation and a true experience. The opportunity to study and/or work abroad is part an EU program known as the Erasmus Program (EuRopean Community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students) created to ease cooperation between European universities and allow for full academic recognition of studies and qualifications throughout the Union for both staff and students. The chance to travel to countries outside of the EU and study in cities like Manila was provided under the Erasmus Mundus program, which merged with the Erasmus for All program. Built on the Lifelong Learning Program (LLP), Erasmus for All replaces LLP in 2014 in the hope that combining all the programs under one roof will reduce administration costs, duplication and fragmentation. The program is expected to last until 2020.
Who was Erasmus?
The Erasmus program is named after a famous character of Christian humanism, Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus, also called Erasmus of Rotterdam. "The Spanish apartment", the movie from Cédric Klapisch, makes a reference.
Erasmus was a Dutch traveler, born around 1500. He was an orphan who received a religious education and became a priest, eventually earning a doctorate in Paris. Critical about the teaching method, he used his theories to create his own program which he used as he lived and worked in several parts of Europe. By leaving his fortune to the University of Basel, he became a precursor of mobility grants.
More information on Erasmus here.
European students may be able to study in Manila. The program is open to higher education institutions and organizations active in the field of higher education and research, as well as to students, doctoral candidates, teachers, researchers and university staff from any part of the world.
Contact universities in Manila to see whether credits from other institutions are transferable. Note that the language of instruction may be different than that of your home institution. Erasmus Intensive Language Courses may be offered at host universities.
Participating countries include:
There are three primary action groups:
Erasmus joint programs of Masters (Action 1 A) and Doctoral (Action 1 B) levels. Open to students and doctoral candidates from all over the world. Scholarship/fellowships for students, doctoral candidates or scholars are only awarded for teaching, research or study activities in the framework of a previously approved Erasmus Mundus Action 1 Joint Program.
Partnerships between European and Third Country higher education institutions including scholarships and fellowships for mobility at all academic levels. Students (undergraduates to post-docs) and staff (administrative and academic) may apply.
Some programs with partner universities in the Philippines include:
Promotion of European higher education through projects to enhance the attractiveness of Europe as an educational destination and a centre of excellence at world level. This includes activities related to the international dimension of all aspects of higher education such as promotion, accessibility, quality assurance, credit recognition, mutual recognition of qualifications between European and third countries, curriculum development, mobility and quality of services for international students. The program is open to higher education institutions and to any organization active in the field of higher education from any part of the world, and activities can take place anywhere in the world.
Select the course that interests you from the program listings for masters or doctoral. Visit the partnership website to see which courses are available in which disciplines. Apply direct to the consortium via its website.
Check the Erasmus partnerships currently open for nationals of your country at the EACEA site's info for Action 2. Visit the partnership website to see which courses are available in which disciplines. Apply direct to the partnership via its website. If you are registered at one of the partner institutions, you should contact your International Office.
Proposals are selected through a competitive system based on their quality from the content and organizational points of view. Application must include letters of endorsement from each partner organization. The endorsement letters demonstrate that the partners are aware of the project's structure, objectives and budget and are committed to actively participate in it.
There is no official format for these letters, but the endorsement letter should indicate how the project fits within the strategy of each partner organization and what will be the added value for the organization in question to participate in it. They should confirm the partner's agreement with the application. They are usually signed by the legal representative of the partner organization or another appropriate authority that is authorized to represent the organization in legally binding agreements. The endorsement letters must also indicate the value of the financial contribution that the partner organization has agreed to make to the project activities. The amount indicated in the endorsement letter is an estimation of the financial contribution made by each partner.
The ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) provides uniform credit across different educational institutions. ECTS grades make study programs easy to read and compare for all students, local and foreign, with respect to the marks of the host institution.
Student workload consists of the time required to complete all planned learning activities such as attending lectures, seminars, independent and private study, preparation of projects, examinations, etc. 60 credits represent the workload of a year of study, with usually 30 credits per semester and 20 credits per trimester. One credit stands for around 25 to 30 working hours. Credits allocated to modules and courses can only be obtained after successful completion of the work required and appropriate assessment of the learning outcomes achieved.
Example of graduation:
Percentage of successful students normally achieving the grade
|outstanding performance with only minor errors|
|above the average standard but with some errors|
|generally sound work with a number of notable errors|
|fair but with significant shortcomings|
|performance meets the minimum criteria|
FAIL- some more work required before the credit can be awarded
FAIL - considerable further work required
It is important to note that the ECTS grade does not replace that of the institution. The ECTS grading system gives information which is in addition to that provided on the host institution's standard transcript, after agreement with the home institution. The ECTS grade is indicated alongside the mark awarded by the institution on the student's transcript of records.
There is different coverage offered for students and doctoral candidates, scholars/academic staff and universities. Scholarships are only available for full-time students.
For students and doctoral candidates:
For scholars/academic staff:
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