What is Erasmus+?
Erasmus+ is the EU's flagship education and training programme, enabling students to study and work abroad each year. Students can study for a period of 3-12 months at a university or higher education institute in another participating country or they can go on a Traineeship for a period of 2-12 months in another participating country.
Who can go on Erasmus+?
You are entitled to go on an Erasmus exchange if:
- you are a SETU Waterford student and enrolled in a formal programme of study at higher education level leading to a degree or a diploma
- you are a citizen of one the participating countries
- you have completed at least the first year of your studies
- you are awarded a place by your SETU Waterford Erasmus+ Academic Advisor.
What countries are involved?
There are a total of 33 countries taking part, including:
- the Member States of the European Union
- the three EFTA countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway)
Which universities can I go to?
- SETU Waterford must have an Inter-Institutional Agreement with the host Institute before a study exchange can take place
- SETU Waterford has in excess of 115 active partnership
- Traineeships do not need to have an Erasmus+ Inter-Institutional Agreement in place but they must sign up to the Erasmus+ Charter.
Are my grades recognised?
As a matter of principle, the time spent in the host country must be fully recognized by the home institution. The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) is the major instrument to facilitate academic recognition of periods of study in partner establishments. Recognition is given for the study period abroad by SETU Waterford. A Learning Agreement developed between you and your academic co-ordinator is a contract between you, SETU Waterford and your host college that indicates precisely what classes you will be taking abroad.
For Traineeship mobilities recognition is given for your traineeship abroad by SETU Waterford. Again, a Traineeship Learning Agreement developed between you, your academic co-ordinator and the host employer is a contract between you, SETU Waterford and your host employer, that indicates precisely what your tasks will be, throughout your traineeship.
Is there funding available?
Yes! All students taking part in the Erasmus+ Mobility exchange will receive an Erasmus+ grant. This is in addition to any other grants you may be in receipt of.
The Erasmus+ "mobility" grant is intended to help cover the cost of travelling and the difference in the cost of living, between Ireland and the host country.
Please note: If the length of your studies/traineeship changes, then so will your grant amount!
Can I work while I am Studying Abroad?
Yes, "any EU worker shall have the right to take up an activity as an employed person in any Member State irrespective of his/her place of residence under the same conditions as nationals". As an EU Citizen, you have the same rights and conditions as native students in your host EU country.
How do I Apply?
The online application for the Erasmus+ Mobility programmes opens up in January of the previous year of your planned Erasmus+ Mobility i.e. if you are planning to take part in the Erasmus+ programme in September 2021 – June 2022, you must submit your Application in January 2021, by the deadline given.
- You will need your Student no. and password to access the SETU Waterford Self-Service Portal at https://studentssp.wit.ie/login/login.aspx?app=OLSSP to submit your application.
- Under ‘Request Options’ please select ‘2021-22 Erasmus+ Mobility Exchange Application Request’, and complete the form. Please note: this will not be open until January 2021.
For more information on Erasmus+ Outgoing Student Mobility please contact Ms Paula Brazil
Benefits of Erasmus
Additional Information & Resources
EUR Ireland Website
HEA International Exchange Programmes
EUR Lifelong Learning Programme
International Exchange Student Network