The Erasmus Programme is a European Union student exchange program offering university students the possibility of studying or working abroad in another European country for a period between three and twelve months. The name of the program refers to Dutch Renaissance humanist and theologian Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He studied at several European universities and described the education as a chance for modern people. The programme is open to 33 countries: Member States of the European Union, EU candidate countries and EFTA / EEA members. Before leaving the home university, the participating student signs the Learning Agreement - a document that describes the programme of studies followed in the host university.
Each student receives a grant which covers partly the costs of the stay abroad. Students going on exchange under the ERASMUS programme do not pay any university fees. All rights and obligations of exchange students are described in the Erasmus Student Charter. One of the basic rights each exchange student has is the full recognition of courses passed successfully abroad by the home university. In addition, students can improve their language skills by participating in one of the Erasmus Intensive Language Courses offered at the host university. At the end of the stay the host university should prepare for the student a document called the Transcript of Records that confirms the completed studies' programme and the results.More detailed information on the ERASMUS+ Programme is available at the European Commission's website.
If you are interested in participating in Erasmus, contact the international relations office of your home university and ask about possibilities to go study abroad through the ERASMUS Programme.