What is Erasmus+?
The Erasmus+ student mobility programme, funded by the European Commission, offers students the opportunity to undertake a study or work placement in another EU country, which if successfully completed will be recognised by University of South Wales as part of your degree.
The University of South Wales has been awarded an Erasmus+ University Charter by the European commission for the period 2014-2020. As part of the application for the Erasmus University Charter, the University has developed an Erasmus Policy Statement . This ensures that the programme is visible and inclusive to both students and staff and ensures high quality in our student and staff placements.
An ERASMUS+ period of study abroad is intended to count directly towards your studies at the University of South Wales. You will be expected to register for and successfully complete an agreed amount of credit when you are abroad. The average workload for students is 120 credits (60 ECTS credits) per year, or 60 credits (30 ECTS credits) per semester, so ERASMUS exchange students should expect to take a similar workload on the exchange.
ECTS credits exist to ensure that all academic credits accrued whilst studying abroad are transferred in their entirety to the student’s academic achievements at their home institution. A Learning Agreement will clearly show how many ECTS credits you will accrue through your study abroad and this should be sufficient to allow a seamless progression to final / next year of your study on the return to the University.
Eligibility for Erasmus+
There are a number of basic requirements for eligibility and there are conditions of payment which you must consent to before you receive any money. Make sure you read and understand this section on the grant before applying for a grant. Important things to note are:
- To qualify, you must be registered on a full-time course at the University at undergraduate or postgraduate level, for which the placement abroad is recognised towards your final degree
- All students going abroad must be enrolled at USW / RWCMD during their time abroad
- Minimum time spent at host institution is 3 months or 90 days
- If you do not complete your Erasmus+ placement and return early to the UK you may be required to repay all or some of your Erasmus grant. Failure to do so will have further implications for your studies here at USW / RWCMD when you return.
- You must have completed at least 1 year in a higher education institution.
- You must be a full-time student during the planned period abroad. For part-time students wishing to participate in the scheme, you MUST register as a full-time student for your intended period abroad to be eligible for an Erasmus grant.
- The grant holder will not be benefiting from any other European Commission grant during the Study period.
Please contact your Erasmus Faculty Coordinator for more information. The application process can be lengthy, and you will need to prepare adequately for the exchange if you decide to apply.
Please note: If you do not successfully complete part or all of the academic components while studying abroad there may be implications for your course of study at the University. If you have any concerns about not completing an academic component or are looking to find the provisions put in place for students who do not complete their academic components sucessfully please contact your Erasmus+ Faculty Co-ordinator
How do I apply for an Erasmus+ study exchange?
There are several forms that you will need to complete before you can participate in an Erasmus+ study exchange.
1. Student Application Form
You will need to meet your Faculty Erasmus Co-ordinator and complete and sign the USW / RWCMD Student Application Form together. This form confirms that your Faculty is happy for you to take part in an Erasmus+ exchange.
2. Grant Agreement
You will also need to complete a grant agreement before your mobility can take place. You will need to complete all sections of the form to ensure that it will be accepted. If any sections are incomplete or haven’t been signed off, you will not be able to travel. Once the form has been completed, you will need to sign and return it to the European Funding Unit (Erasmus@southwales.ac.uk) before you leave the UK to ensure that you receive your Erasmus+ grant.
3. Risk Assessment
In addition, you will need to complete a Risk Assessment before the start of your period abroad and this will need to be signed off by your Faculty Erasmus Co-ordinator before you go abroad.
4. Learning Agreement
You will need to complete a Learning Agreement with your Faculty Erasmus Co-ordinator to ensure that you will receive recognition for the modules that you will study overseas. The learning agreement will also need to be approved by the relevant staff member at the host University.
The Learning Agreement will need to be returned to the European Funding Unit (Erasmus@southwales.ac.uk) when it has been completed and singed by the student, the Faculty Erasmus Co-ordinator and the relevant member of staff at the host University.
This should be signed off by all parties before the start of your period abroad, however, you will have up to 4 weeks after arrival at the host university to return the completed learning agreement back to the European Finance Unit. Emailed scanned copies of the form are acceptable. If you do not submit the form on time then your placement may be ineligible and you will be asked to repay your Erasmus+ student grant.