Erasmus is the European Commission's flagship educational and training programme for higher education students, teachers and institutions. It was introduced with the aim of increasing student mobility within Europe to enable them to study or do a traineeship abroad. Over the past years ERASMUS has flourished throughout its development, evolving through different phrases, and now it also supports individuals in higher education and companies interested in lecturing in a university in another country.
Erasmus Exchange Programme for Students and Staff
Erasmus forms part of the EU Lifelong Learning Programme (2007-2013). It encourages student and staff mobility for work and study, and promotes trans-national co-operation projects among universities across Europe. Undergraduate students, graduate students, academic staff and administrative staff can all participate.
Experience abroad contributes to enriching students’ academic knowledge and professional competences, support their personal development, forges a common European identity and also makes mobility of young people during their lifetime real, which is a central part of the programme. Learning abroad equips individuals with a range of competences, including language skills, which are increasingly valued by employers. Erasmus also benefits students who do traineeships in companies. By temporarily working in a company abroad students gain a better understanding of other economies as well as the chance to develop specific skills. ERASMUS also funds intensive programmes, which bring together teachers and students from different EU higher education institution. These short study programmes encourage the multinational learning of specialist subjects and provide students with access to academic knowledge which is not available in a single one institution.
If you wish to study at the University of Economics and Innovation in Lublin as an Erasmus student, you first must contact your Erasmus Coordinator at your home institution. Please note, that we can only accept students from institutions with which we have a current bilateral agreement in the relevant subject area. Details of the application procedure including application forms are available at the University’s Erasmus Coordinator who will make the necessary arrangements for the student to prepare his/her Learning Agreement. You are required to upload the following documents during your application:
- Application Form
- Learning Agreement
- Transcript of records, detailing all exams taken in higher education at home institution
- 2 passport-type photographs
All documents much be submitted by the relevant application deadlines.
The University of Economics and Innovation in Lublin operates a modular system, which means that our courses run for a semester not the entire academic year, usually with exams at the end of the semester. The list of ECTS courses in English can be viewed here (wstaw hiperłącze)
You must be nominated by your Erasmus Coordinator and your application documents must be sent to our Erasmus Officer firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadlines for your applications are:
30 May for the 1st semester
30 November for the 2nd semester
The University of Economics and Innovation in Lublin currently operate the ECTS credit system. Each Erasmus students receive a transcript of records at the end of their stay presenting the courses they have studied, including all exam results, and their ECTS equivalents. As an approximation, one semester studying full time at WSEI is equivalent to 30 ECTS credits. It is important to have an up to date information about the Learning Agreement to ensure your course of study is sufficient for your home institution to award you the correct number of credits for your time with us.
The recognition of degrees and qualifications obtained in University of Economics and Innovation in Lublin is based on the Lisbon Convention on Recognition of Degrees, ratified by Poland in 2004. Due to this convention, the recognition of the School diplomas is easy recognized internationally. Within the countries of the EU they are recognized automatically. WSEI also issues Diploma Supplements. For information on diploma recognition please visit www.buwiwm.edu.pl.
Once your application has been approved by the Departmental Coordinator, it will be sent to us for registering and accommodation to the following address:
University of Economics and Innovation in Lublin
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As a student of higher education institution, ERASMUS offers you the possibility to go abroad to both study and do a work placement. Your study or training programme abroad will be agreed before your departure by all parties involved to ensure you get recognition after your mobility period.
The ERASMUS programme is open to all degree students of WSEI. As an Erasmus exchange student you can spend a study period of 5-6 months in a European partner university of WSEI or do a 3-month work placement abroad.
ERASMUS student mobility is open to you if you are enrolled at least in your second year at your home institution while placements may be authorised from the first year. In addition, you must be a citizen of one the participating countries (EU member states, Croatia, Turkey, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland or Lichtenstein) or be recognised as having an official status of refugee or stateless person or permanent resident according to national legislation. If you have been selected by your home university, you may be awarded a grant that contributes to additional costs for living abroad and travelling. But even when a grant has not been awarded the ERASMUS period has to be fully recognised by the home institution, or in the case of a placement, at least in the Diploma Supplement issued by the home institution. The aim of the Erasmus exchange is that all the courses completed abroad can be credited towards your degree. In all circumstances, tuition fees at the host university will be waived.
To participate in the ERASMUS student exchange programme, you must fulfill the conditions related to student access to exchange programmes, i.e.:
- be registered as a student of the WSEI
- undergraduate (bachelor's) students shall have completed an amount of studies corresponding to the normal study load of one academic year prior to the start of the exchange period. These studies may have been completed at the WSEI or at some other institution, provided that the credits have been recognised by WSEI
- students pursuing the advanced studies leading to a master’s degree or those studying in some separate master’s programme shall have completed at least one academic term of their degree studies at the WSEI prior to starting the exchange period. To participate in ERASMUS student mobility, you should first contact the Erasmus Officer at your home institution, who will inform you about possible host institutions and host enterprises, the selection procedure and financial support.
The Erasmus programme promotes the learning of other European languages. Students with special needs such as disabled students may get extra funds to cover additional expenses related to their stay abroad. We offer a range of study abroad programmes and work placement in foreign institutions across EU.
Costs and funding
An ERASMUS scholarship provides funding to cover the so-called “mobility expenses”, in other words additional expenses related to your study abroad. The purpose of the scholarship is to enable you to pay the expenses relating to your mobility.
Erasmus students will receive an Erasmus scholarship to cover so-called “mobility expenses” relating to your study period abroad. Scholarships rate varies, depending on the length of the exchange period and the country of destination. Erasmus students are exempt from the tuition fees of the host university. Students with disabilities can apply for additional funding to cover the costs of their special needs.
Student mobility for studies
All undergraduate and graduate students have the opportunity of studying abroad as a part of their degree programme. An exchange semester abroad is a chance for students to develop their academic studies. Spending a semester abroad does not mean that you add an extra semester/or year to your degree programme – a year abroad at one of the partner institutions is considered equivalent to a year at WSEI. You can study at partner institutions of your home institution if both institutions have concluded an inter-institutional agreement in your field of study. ERASMUS students do not have to pay any fees abroad for tuition and access to library or laboratory facilities. An important document is the Learning Agreement, which sets out the agreed programme of courses to follow abroad. The Learning Agreement must be signed before leaving. You may want to have a look at the ERASMUS Student Charter, which spells out your rights and obligations as an Erasmus student. The deadline for the applications is usually 30th October of each year.
Student mobility for placements
WSEI offers student placements abroad, which give you access to the world of business in Europe. For placements, you can go abroad to companies, research or training centres or any organisation including higher education institutions. A placement must be connected with your studies and it can be either optional or an integral part of the studies. Before leaving, a Training Agreement which sets out the tasks you will be responsible for, must be signed. It will serve as a basis for the recognition of the placement by the home institution. This includes a quality commitment outlining the rights and obligations of all the parties.
A placement usually last 3 months and it can take place between 1 June and 30 September. Students can undertake work placement in a various range of institutions. Host organisations for student placements may be enterprises, training centres, research centres and other organisations including higher education institutions in one of the 31 participating European countries. Please note, that it is not possible to do placements in EU institutions, organisations who deal with EU programmes and national diplomatic representations. An exchange period abroad will add a new dimension to students degree programmes. In addition to the academic benefits students will experience living in another culture and, where relevant, developing their language skills.
As soon as you have had your place confirmed by the Erasmus Coordinator, you will be able to pick up an application form. The application open to students who have successfully completed their first year of study in the relevant degree programmes and are currently registered in year second. The deadline for the applications is usually 15th March of each year. In order to start your application you will need to speak with the relevant Erasmus Coordinator.
Staff mobility (Teaching and Training Staff Mobility)
Teaching Placements (for academic staff)
Academic staff members employed by the University of Economics and Innovation in Lublin are eligible to participate in the Erasmus scheme for teaching placements. These are usually week-long placements (minimum teaching time of five hours). Placements are not limited to current Erasmus partners, though a bilateral agreement between the University of Economics and Innovation and the European Institution needs to be in place, but these are relatively easy to set up. Please contact the Erasmus Officer as soon as possible who will be delighted to deal with the necessary paperwork. Teaching staff should submit an application form along with a teaching programme including full details, objectives and expected outcomes of the mobility prior to placement commencing.
Mobility grants for staff are provided as contributions towards subsistence and travel costs. The maximum grant for travel and subsistence costs is EUR 800, paid on the basis of receipted expenditure or a grant awarded. All travel costs will be paid in accordance with the University Financial Regulations regarding the international mobility under the Erasmus Programme. For full details please see http://www.wsei.lublin.pl/index.php?module=articles&id=1217
At the end of the placement, staff should provide the Erasmus Officer with the following documents upon their return:
- confirmation of stay issued by the host institution upon return, including the number of teaching hours /min.5/ and period of stay /min. 5 days/,
- report form (on-line questionnaire)
Administrative Staff placements
All University employees who are citizens of an Erasmus participating country can apply to undertake a staff training placement at either one of our current Erasmus partner higher education institutions or an enterprise in Europe. Applications should be in the form of a training plan and submitted to the Erasmus Officer. Once the application has been approved, applicants should then submit the work plan to the European University or enterprise for approval and acceptance. The essential elements of the work plan should cover overall aims and objectives, expected results in terms of training or learning, activities to be carried out and, where possible, a detailed programme for the period abroad. The period of duration of the training period would usually be for one week (five working days).
Mobility grants for staff are provided as contributions towards subsistence and travel and are calculated on the basis of submitted confirmation of stay, which indicates the factual time spent within the host organization to realize their training programme. The maximum grant available for all travel costs, regardless of the duration of the placement (min 5 days) is EUR 800.
On return, staff should complete an on-line questionnaire and submit the confirmation of stay issued by the host institution.