Erasmus+

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Erasmus+ offers students the opportunity to study (or go on a work placement) in another EU country. If successfully completed, this is recognised by the University of South Wales as part of your degree.

Why undertake an Erasmus+ placement?

  • It’s a great experience
  • It looks good on the CV
  • It builds up life skills & soft skills that aren’t taught in lectures
  • It’s great for your cultural awareness, language skills, motivation and confidence

How long is an Erasmus+ placement?

  • Minimum length: 3 months for study placements, 2 months for work placements
  • Maximum length: 12 months
  • Most placements are for a full academic year, in the second year of (undergraduate) study

Where can I go?

  • Each Faculty has different partner institutions for different courses
  • Please contact your Erasmus Faculty Coordinators to find out which opportunities are open to you
  • There are usually only one or two places available (per year, per partner institution, for USW students). So please contact your Erasmus Faculty Coordinator as soon as possible if you are interested!

How much is the Erasmus+ grant?

Eligible students will receive a grant to help towards the additional costs incurred as a result of studying / working abroad. This grant is not there to cover all of your expenses, but as a supplement to your usual funds. You will continue to receive any student grant or loan to which you are entitled. Grant rates vary but students undertaking an Erasmus placement in 2014/15 could receive between €350 to €400 per month.

Do I need to speak the language of the host country?

Not necessarily. Many of our partner institutions teach through the medium of English. However, a basic knowledge of the local language is helpful.

Will I get recognition? What are ECTS credits?

  • One ECTS credit is equivalent to Two USW credits
  • One year of (undergraduate) study is 120 USW credits or 60 ECTS credits
  • You will have to successfully complete an agreed amount of credit when you are abroad
  • Expect a similar workload on the exchange as you would have here

Health & Insurance

European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

  • EHIC lets you access to the same state-provided healthcare as a resident of the country you are visiting, in EEA countries.
  • You may have to pay towards the cost locally at point of receiving care
  • You may be able to get a reimbursement afterwards
  • Everyone who is resident in the UK should have a valid EHIC when travelling abroad (within Europe).

For more information please check:

Insurance

As an outgoing Erasmus student you will be covered by the University’s basic travel insurance policy. However, you are strongly advised to check the level of cover and take out you own separate cover if necessary.

Will I have to organise my own accommodation?

Most of our partner institutions have some university accommodation for visiting students or will offer guidance on how to find accommodation. Usually they will send you details about this with your acceptance information pack. The arrangement of accommodation is your individual responsibility and it is essential that you meet any deadlines published by the partner institution as they may only have limited accommodation available.

How do I apply?

All applications must be discussed and completed in consultation with your Erasmus Faculty Coordinator

Erasmus Faculty Coordinators

Faculty of Creative Industries
Mary Traynor mary.traynor@southwales.ac.uk
Marian Long marian.long@southwales.ac.uk
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science
Prof. Andrew J Ware (Computing) andrew.ware@southwales.ac.uk
Giuliano C Premier (Engineering) iano.premier@southwales.ac.uk
Faculty of Business and Society
Robert (Bob) Morgan (Business) bob.morgan@southwales.ac.uk
Julie Gould julie.gould@southwales.ac.uk
Brian Dowrick (Law) brian.dowrick@southwales.ac.uk
Jane Finucane (Humanities & Social Sciences) jane.finucane@southwales.ac.uk
Faculty of Life Sciences and Education
Moira Davies (Life Sciences) moira.davies@southwales.ac.uk
Dr. Janet Pitman (Psychology) janet.pitman@southwales.ac.uk

More Info

The Erasmus+ student mobility programme, funded by the European Commission, offers students the opportunity to undertake a study or work placement in another EU country, which if successfully completed will be recognised by University of South Wales as part of your degree.

The University of South Wales has been awarded an Erasmus+ University Charter by the European commission for the period 2014-2020. As part of the application for the Erasmus University Charter, the University has developed an Erasmus Policy Statement. This ensures that the programme is visible and inclusive to both students and staff and ensures high quality in our student and staff placements.

An ERASMUS period of study abroad is intended to count directly towards your studies at the University of South Wales. You will be expected to register for and successfully complete an agreed amount of credit when you are abroad. The average workload for students is 120 credits (60 ECTS credits) per year, or 60 credits (30 ECTS credits) per semester, so ERASMUS exchange students should expect to take a similar workload on the exchange.

ECTS credits exist to ensure that all academic credits accrued whilst studying abroad are transferred in their entirety to the student’s academic achievements at their home institution. A Learning Agreement will clearly show how many ECTS credits you will accrue through your study abroad and this should be sufficient to allow a seamless progression to final / next year of your study on the return to the University.

Please contact your Erasmus Faculty Coordinator for more information. The application process can be lengthy, and you will need to prepare adequately for the exchange if you decide to apply.