F.A.Q Mobility

Erasmus

 

Selection / Awarding

1.      What is the Erasmus+ programme?

It is a student and teacher exchange programme between institutions and universities in Europe. The main advantages of this programme are the waiver of tuition fees in the host institution, the formal recognition of the part of the studies carried out abroad, as well as a mobility grant. To get credit for the period of study abroad, a student has to choose a programme of study which constitutes an integral part of that student’s programme in the institution of origin.

2.      How to obtain an Erasmus+ grant?

Erasmus places are limited by number and by specific area of studies (example:  an agreement signed for psychology is not valid for law). They are subject to application and awarded by the course director according to academic criteria (number of credits, average). Each student is then informed individually of the selection by e-mail. 

3.      Am I required to make 3 choices?  What happens if I make fewer?

It is possible to make up to three choices, but it is not an obligation. We advise you to limit yourself to the institutions that really interest you. Ticking an institution where you are sure you do not want to go may perhaps prevent another student from getting that place! Choosing 3 destinations simply means that if you are not selected for your first choice, we will take a look at your second choice and, if necessary, your third. If you only make one choice, we will stop at that choice, but you will have no assurance that you will be selected for that destination!

4.      The institution I am interested in is not on the list of Erasmus+ institutions for my programme of study:  What can I do?

Some institutions accept free mover students. Please contact the international relations department of the host institution that you are interested in to find out about the options and the procedure to follow.

5.      I want to go with my boyfriend/girlfriend.  What should I do? 

Erasmus places are not awarded on the basis of affinity criteria. The best solution is to go as free movers, because the places are usually not limited so it is possible for several students to leave for the same institution together. 

6.      When will I have a response for an Erasmus+ mobility?

Places are awarded by the course director at the end of March. You will receive the results in April so that you can start your application formalities in the host institution for the autumn semester. 

7.      What happens if I am not awarded an Erasmus+ place?

We will then send you the list of places not yet awarded, and if you are not interested in any of them, there are still the options of going under an agreement or as a free mover.

8.      I apply to continue my studies in another institution: do I have to state my Erasmus preferences?

If you wish to leave the University of Luxembourg, you must consider a mobility under an agreement or as a free mover. In this way, you do not “block” an Erasmus place for another student who has to organise his or her mobility.

9.     What happens if I decline the Erasmus+ spot allocated to me?

We cannot oblige you to comply with your mobility choices, but you must bear in mind that another student will be deprived of that spot and consequently of the associated grant. At the time you make your choices, make sure you check only the institutions that you are interested in or in which you really plan to carry out your mobility with your first one being your highest priority. When you decline an Erasmus place which has been allocated to you, you will not be able to choose another Erasmus destination nor can you benefit from the Erasmus or the university's mobility fund scholarship in that academic year.

 

In practice

10.  Can I extend my Erasmus+ stay?

Yes, with the consent of your course director and the host institution but you will no longer receive any funding.An extension of stay is only possible within the same academic year, and only if it does not concern the last semester before graduation. Students who are doing a mobility within the Global Exchange programme cannot extend their stay to a second semester. You must keep us informed without fail of your extension and sign a new learning agreement, without which the ECTS credits you earn abroad will not be recognised.

11.  I have sent my certificate, my learning agreement.  Has the SEVE Mobility received it?

We cannot acknowledge receipt of all the documents that students send us. You must assume that we have received and processed it.  If you do not hear from us within 3 weeks, you should contact us to find out what the situation is.

12.  I am an Erasmus+ student, but the German university is asking me to pay registration fees.

As an Erasmus student, you are exempted from having to pay tuition fees, registration fees, examination fees, laboratory and library use fees, during your stay.  Nevertheless, certain institutions charge various administrative, health insurance, canteen, and other such fees (Semesterbeitrag)which you will have to pay.

 

Accreditation

13.  What happens if I fail exams during my mobility?

Credits earned during your semester are recognised on the basis of your learning agreement and your official transcript from the host institution. If you fail exams, you can either opt to take the resits organised during your stay abroad or, upon returning to Luxembourg, see with your course director about the courses or works to replace them in Luxembourg. 

 

Agreements

14.  What is the difference between Erasmus+ and an agreement?

An agreement is signed by the University of Luxembourg with another institution in or outside Europe for student exchange. The annexes to the agreement set out the conditions of such exchanges, in particular the field(s) of study concerned: some comprise all programmes of study, others only some. Inquire at the SEVE Mobility or the contact person at your faculty.

In the event of mobility under an agreement, you can benefit from the University's mobility fund scholarship, if you are a Bachelor student.

15.  How to apply under the Global Exchange Programme?

A call for applications is issued in November for the following academic year. As the number of places is limited, applications are subjected to a selection process based on an application file and an interview.

For reasons to do with academic calendars and level of study, candidates for the bachelor’s degree can go on their mobility in the 5th semester and candidates for the master’s degree in the 3rd

 

More questions? Please consult the SEVE Mobility.