ERASMUS+ 2021-2027 is the EU's programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe.
One of its objectives it to "promote learning mobility of individuals and groups, as well as cooperation, quality, inclusion and equity, excellence, creativity and innovation at the level of organisations and policies in the field of education and training."
The official reference for information on the opportunities offered by the Erasmus+ programme is the University's ERASMUS web page.
Studying abroad is a unique, formative and potentially life-changing experience. It helps students to open their eyes towards other ways of life, to understand other cultures, and learn foreign languages. Moreover, it significantly boosts students' personal, academic and professional development.
The principle behind an Erasmus exchange is to replace a part of the credits of one's curriculum with credits obtained at a foreign partner institution. This exchange is based on a learning agreement between the student, the University "Federcico II" and the host university. The recognition of the results, which are documented in a transcript of records by the host univesity, is guaranteed.
What are the bureaucratic steps of an Erasmus exchange?
- The student applies for the programme as specified in the call.
- The Erasmus committee of the Department selects the students based on their careers, motivations and language skills.
- The winners must accept their scholarship and destination within the deadline specified in the call.
- The students prepare and compile the Online Learning Agreement (OLA).
- The OLA is approved by the University "Federico II" and the host university.
- Before departure, the outgoing student signs the Erasmus contract and provides documentation of the level of his/her language skills.
- At the end of the study period the student obtains a transcript of records from the host university.
Important details to be considered
- It is important that students interested in spending a period abroad for study, thesis work or training inform themselves about the opportunities that match their interests, preferences, language skills and the state of their academic career. Taking the list of active exchanges as a starting point, useful information on the exchanges can be found on the partner institutions' web pages, from the contact persons of the exchanges or from students who have done an Erasmus exchange in the past. This information is essential for the choice of the preferred destinations, which must be specified in the application.
- The Erasmus calls are published on the University's ERASMUS web page. There are different calls for study and thesis periods (published typically in February with deadline in March) and training opportunities (published typically in May with deadline in June). To learn about the application procedure beforehand, one may examine the call from the previous year. It is recommended to view the Erasmus page regularly and to apply as soon as the call comes out.
- Prerequisites of the host institution
- Although the student winner's names will be forwarded by the Office of International Relations to the relevant partner institutions, it is the students' own responsibility to check for and fulfill administrative and other obligations required by the host universities. If not observed, the student incurs the risk of not being accepted by the partner.
- Preparation of the Learning Agreement
- The OLA contains the courses, which the student intends to take at the partner institution. During the preparation phase, it is essential that the student consults the contact person of the exchange and, in case of necessity, also the Erasmus contact person of the Department and the course coordinator. The OLA will only be approved, if the chosen credits are suitable for a Physics curriculum and if no essential contents are excluded from the individual study plan.
- Language skills
- It is essentuial that outgoing students possess a good knowledge of the foreign language in which the courses are given at the host institution. The level of language proficiency may be documented by specific certificates (for example, IELTS, TRINITY, TOEFL, DELF, DELE, ZD, ZDfB) or by a certificate issued by the University's Language Center. For more information see the call or the University's ERASMUS web pageportale ERASMUS.
- Economic contribution
- The Erasmus scholarship consists of a monthly financial contribution that depends on the destination country and the economic status of the student. To have an idea on the size of the scholarship, one can look at the amounts valid for the year 2021/2022. Certainly, the scholarship is not sufficient to cover all living expenses. Some countries and host universities offer additional support for incoming students. For information, ask the contact person of the exchange.
- Minimal requirement for the scholarship
- The student maintains the right to the scholarship, if he/she fulfills at least one of the activities (exams, thesis or training) listed in the learning agreement. If not, the entire scholarship has to be paid back. The document attesting the fulfilment is the transcript of records or, in case of training or thesis activities, a statement issued by the supervisor.
- for general questions on the programme: Prof. Wolfgang Mueck – Erasmus contact person of the Department;
- for questions related to the recognition of credits: the course coordinators;
- for information on the partner institutions: the contact persons of the single exchanges;
- for administrative problems: Dott. Salvatore Verdoliva – Department administration.
The Physics Department "Ettore Pancini" offers the following Phsics degree courses:
For general information, see Erasmus and Exchange students.