Erasmus exchange

The Erasmus+ student mobility programme offers you an opportunity to study for one or two semesters in another European country and for that study to be recognised by the home institution as part of your degree.

It was introduced in 1987 with the aim of increasing student mobility within the European Community and now it also includes mobility with the European Economic Area, Turkey and other candidate countries. The programme sets out to develop a knowledgeable Europe and thus cater for the major challenges of the new century: to promote lifelong learning and widen access to education.

Since Erasmus started in 1987, over three million students throughout Europe have participated in the programme. Read through the sections and learn more about the opportunities offered by Erasmus+.

The Erasmus+ programme at London Metropolitan University is run by the International Programmes Office.

Erasmus - London Metropolitan University

The University's international strategy is based around three main areas of work:

  • the recruitment of and support for international students from a diverse range of countries to study on our courses at London Metropolitan University
  • the development of international partnerships that enable students to study for part of or all of their London Met degree outside of the UK
  • the development and support of student and staff mobility to facilitate academic partnerships within Europe and without

Our approach to international partnerships of all sorts is to develop a relatively small number of strong partnerships which bring about institutional development for all parties, enabling and supporting international student and staff mobility through the development of high-quality international education programmes. Some of these programmes facilitate optional student or staff mobility between institutions, whilst others are more structured and enable students to study for their UK degree either partially or wholly outside of the UK.

In choosing new academic partners with whom to work, we look for institutional fit in terms of mission and outlook and a relatively similar academic portfolio. When selecting new partners, we are also mindful of the characteristics of different educational systems, as well as any specific stipulations by relevant Government and professional bodies on the recognition and support for international education.

We believe in strong partnerships; academic partnerships which foster links and developments at many levels, and enable mutual institutional development and learning through shared best practice and a shared commitment to international education. Thus, we are interested in academic partnerships which enable a number of complementary developments between the participating institutions, for both mutual benefit and to the benefit of the students and staff at each participating institution.

Over the past ten years, we have developed a number of dual degree programmes with institutions in China, Russia, France, Belgium, Netherlands and the USA. In the main, these have been at postgraduate level and have been the development of specifically designed dual degree programmes.

We wish to encourage greater numbers of our students to undertake traditional semester or year-long placements within Europe, but also recognise that many UK students look beyond Europe and show wider interest in shorter-term opportunities for internationalisation such as field trips and summer schools.

Over this period, we, like many UK institutions, have seen a relative decline in the number of students partaking in "voluntary" international student programmes; partly because of the decline in popularity of subjects such as modern languages, which have historically lent themselves towards European student mobility.

For staff mobility, we encourage and support a wide range of opportunities for our staff. It is important that academic staff have direct, relevant and recent exposure to professional and academic issues from outside the UK, and that our staff and students are exposed, through partnership, to research and academic ideas from partner institutions around the world. As a university that operates single degree (franchise, validation) programmes around the world, these also provide our staff with numerous opportunities for international staff mobility. We run single degree programmes in a number of countries including Spain, Russia, China, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago, Germany and Nepal. 

Strategy for the organisation and implementation of international cooperation projects

At London Metropolitan University, the International Office acts as a central coordinating and supporting office, providing intelligence to academic staff on international funding opportunities, new developments in student and staff mobility and shares best practice between schools. Generally, schools bid for particular project funding and act as the key liaison with academic partners. This enables a congruence between academic colleagues across countries in specific disciplines – something that is an important foundation stone within any academic partnership.

Where funding is involved, or where student fee payment is involved, the university sets up academic partnership projects as formal projects, so that monies and activities involved in such projects can be clearly monitored and accounted for and managed by the lead school involved in the partnership.

There is an informal network of staff who have significant international experience so that good practice can be shared and promulgated institutionally, and each school nominates one senior member of staff to act as the key liaison with the International Office and with other similar colleagues in other schools.

Participation in the Erasmus+ programme

Given the diversity of our student body, with students from almost 150 countries, it is of vital importance that our staff have relevant and recent international experience. Thus, participation within Erasmus provides one of the key mechanisms by which our academic and administrative staff gain international awareness and develop and participate in international professional and academic networks. A direct result of participation is that our academic research is founded in contemporary international practice, and our teaching and research staff are informed by international best practice and recent research. This enables some of our subject areas to enhance their international reputation, providing an internationally recognised centre of excellence for particular subjects through a mix of research, scholarly activity, academic partnership and international networks.

Some of our projects have focused in particular on pedagogical issues, the delivery of dual or dually accredited degree programmes, the development of open and supported distance learning materials and the enhancement of quality within an international education programme.

Participation in mobility programmes enhances our students’ employability as well as contributing to their personal development and language skills. Our participation in the Erasmus+ programme will support our efforts to encourage a greater number of our students to undertake study or work placements both within and outside the EU.

 

As a student at London Metropolitan University, an opportunity may exist to study for part of your degree in another European country.

From your second year of study onwards, you can spend one or two semesters (academic year) studying at one of the University's partner institutions, depending on your degree course. The period abroad will be fully accredited towards your final degree and no fee will be charged by the host institution during your stay.

As an initiative to encourage student mobility, eligible students may receive an Erasmus grant. This grant is not meant to cover all your expenses (as if you stayed in the UK you would receive nothing) but it should help with any extra expenses incurred.

First year students

First year students should note that although you are not eligible to participate in the Erasmus+ programme until your second year, now is a good time to research your opportunities abroad. You can apply while in your first year for second year participation. Planning ahead is highly recommended as for some of our partner universities you will require a reasonable knowledge of their native language. As such, you may want to take advantage of London Metropolitan University's Open Language Programme to brush up on your foreign language skills.

As many of the course modules at London Met now run for the whole year, this may affect your opportunity to study abroad for one semester only. Students hoping to go abroad for one semester in their second year should speak to their academic advisor about the modules that will be on offer for one semester only (if any) and if it would be possible to incorporate one semester of Erasmus into their degree programme.

The best option is for students to go abroad for a full academic year in the second year of their degree. Students may also combine a semester in the USA/Japan/West Indies with an Erasmus semester.

Although it is technically possible to go away on Erasmus in your final year, we do not recommend this as delays in getting grades or transcripts from the host university may delay your graduation and final year grades make up two thirds of your degree classification.

Step One - Expression of interest

Read the Erasmus website thoroughly and research your options. For a list of partner universities on offer, refer to the Partners List page. You can only study at a university listed with a subject link in the area of your degree. When making a decision about where to go, take into consideration what the language of tuition is, accommodation options, cost of living and courses on offer. You must be fairly fluent in the language of tuition - no beginners of the tuition language will be allowed to apply.

There are a limited number of places at partner universities, so do not set your heart on one particular host but look into other options in case your first choice is not available. As it may be difficult to spend just one semester abroad due to year-long modules you may wish to combine two Erasmus hosts or an exchange abroad in the USA, Japan or the West Indies with an Erasmus placement. If you decide to do this, then the Erasmus semester should be taken in the spring semester.

If you are interested in spending only the autumn or spring semester on an Erasmus placement, then you must ensure that you will be able to take four semester-long modules in your semester at London Met and that the semester dates at your chosen institution coincide with those of London Met so you do not miss exams either here or there.

Talk to other students who have been to or who are from the country/university you are interested in. The International Programmes Office can assist with putting you in touch with these students.

Speak to your Erasmus Departmental Co-ordinator (EDC) about the possibility of participating in the Erasmus exchange programme as part of your degree, especially if you are on a joint degree programme or you only want to go away for one semester. The EDC for your subject is listed at the bottom of the University Partners page. Between you, you need to evaluate which partner university would best suit your academic requirements. As some degrees are accredited (such as LLB Law) it may be difficult for you to go abroad if you are on these courses.

You must pass all your modules in the semester you make your application and (if applicable) in the semester before you leave for the host university.

Step two - Complete an application

Read the Guide for Outgoing Erasmus to familiarise yourself with the Erasmus programme.

Refer to the FAQ section for further information and helpful advice about the programme. It may offer an answer to the question/s you have.

Complete and submit the Erasmus outgoing application form. This must be signed by your Erasmus Departmental Coordinator. Please ensure that you meet the academic and linguistic requirements of the host university and that you are genuine about your desire/intent to study abroad before you apply. Every year students take places that are wanted by other students only to drop out after the host's deadline meaning the place is wasted as no-one else can take up the spot. Be very sure you have thought your decision through before you make an application.

Bring your completed application form to the International Programmes Office for consideration. At this stage, the Erasmus Officer can verify the placement possibilities and provide you with further information.

Step three - Application to the host institution

The IPO will nominate all successful students to their host institution before the host's deadline. Please note that students should not contact the host university before they have been nominated.

The host university will then get in touch with the IPO, or directly with the student, with instructions on how to go about applying to them (unrelated to the LondonMet application). The application form is usually accessible via the website of the host institution, or alternatively it may be sent to students by email or post. It is advised that you complete and return the application directly to the host institution in a timely manner. Each institution has different procedures and so students must carefully read and follow instructions from the host. There will be a deadline for applications, to which you must adhere.

It is important to note that your exchange can only be realised if you have met all of the host institution's requirements and they have offered you a placement in writing.

Some institutions ask you to apply for accommodation at the same time as you submit your Erasmus application. It is advisable to do so in order to secure somewhere to live before everything fills up.

Step four - Complete the Erasmus paperwork

Before you leave London Met for the summer holidays you should complete a grant contract and a learning agreement.

The grant contract is essentially an agreement between the student and university, setting out the responsibilities of both sides and stipulating both the amount of Erasmus grant which will be paid and the account to which it will be paid.

The learning agreement lists the modules you would have taken at London Met as part of your course and those you will take instead at the host institution. It is a document that promises to recognise the substitution of the modules and the undertaking that the replacement modules will be accepted as part of your degree. This document must be signed by the Erasmus Departmental Coordinator at London Met and then again by the responsible person at the host institution.

Step five - Notify your Hub

Inform your Hub of your exchange period abroad so that they can ensure that your exchange period is recorded on your student record. Please ensure that any changes to your exchange abroad or your address are reported, as well as notifying the International Programmes Office.

You will still be required to enrol as a student at London Metropolitan University before you start your exchange at the host university. This is done via Evision.

Step six - Prepare for your exchange!

The university offers free travel insurance for all students going on an Erasmus placement so you do not have to worry about that.

Be sure to check with the host institution about any country specific requirements you must adhere to when entering the country (i.e. resident visas / registering with the police).

Brush up on your language skills — even if the host institution you are going to teaches in English, you should learn key phrases in the local language because you will find that not everyone can (or wishes to) speak English.

Ensure you obtain a European Health Insurance Card in order to receive medical care for the same price as the locals (apart from Turkey). If you have a standard EHIC you will need to exchange it for a "Student EHIC" by completing a form (available on the EHIC site) and sending it, together with your current EHIC and a letter from the IPO confirming your course and exchange abroad, to the postal address given.

Shop around for flights, making use of your International Student Identity Card for cheaper fares - especially at STA Travel. Use price comparison websites such as KelkooSkyscanner and Flightchecker.

Make sure you have a way of accessing your money while you are abroad. Most debit cards charge you every time you use your card to pay for something in a shop or withdraw money. However, Metrobank's debit card does not charge you to use your card in Europe so you may want to think about opening an account with them. You may also find it cheaper to use a pre-pay card such as FairFX. Your Erasmus grant will be paid directly into your bank account.

Lastly, be safe and enjoy the experience!

Things to do at all times...

Keep copies of all the paperwork you have completed.

Keep in touch with the host university with any questions — they will be the best source to advise you on requirements / procedures at the host university.

Keep in touch with the International Programmes Office. Any changes or any worries, contact us and we will endeavour to help.

In order to successfully apply to become an Erasmus student, there are certain steps that each student must take.

The following information outlines the application documents, associated materials and steps involved that students are advised to follow in order to apply for the London Metropolitan University Erasmus+ exchange programme.

Firstly, you must have passed all your modules from the previous semester in order to participate in the programme. We will not send students who are failing modules to be ambassadors of London Met. You will also be required to have a class attendance rate of at least 80% – some schools will require a higher attendance rate.

The deadline dates for applications are:

Semester 1 (Autumn), September to January – 1 April

Semester 2 (Spring), February to June – 1 October of the previous year

This is the latest that applications can be accepted by London Met. However, the host institutions might have much earlier deadlines so you need to be aware of those as we will not nominate students if the partner's deadline has passed.

Please note that we advise all students to apply before the autumn deadline in order to qualify for grant distribution. There will be a finite amount of grant money that will be allocated to participants who apply by 1 April.

Outgoing Erasmus application form 1819

Please note that there are a limited number of places per host institution, and therefore applications are treated on a first-come, first-served basis. Do not miss out. Lodge your application early!

Print your application. Have it signed by both you and your Erasmus Departmental Coordinator (EDC) (refer to the University Partners page for a list of Erasmus Departmental Coordinators) and hand deliver/post to:

International Programmes Office
LCM-04 Learning Centre
166-220 Holloway Road
London N7 8DB

It is important to note that some academic departments may have their own pre-application process in order to fairly select students for the limited spaces available under the Erasmus programme. Therefore, please check with the Erasmus Departmental Co-ordinator about departmental procedures.

Provisional Learning Agreement

For your application to be formally accepted onto the Erasmus programme you also need to complete a Provisional Learning Agreement (PLA). This is a proposal of what you plan to study at your host university. You will need to discuss this with your EDC and have it signed by them. An approved PLA indicates to the International Programmes Office what modules you will be taking abroad and will be used to populate the Final Learning Agreement. Joint degree students are also required to consult their Personal Academic Tutor and obtain approval to study abroad.

Final Learning Agreement

A Final Learning Agreement, which is a formal agreement concerning your programme of study, will be completed for you electronically. It must be signed by the Erasmus Departmental Coordinator before you leave London Met and then signed by the responsible officer at the host institution and returned to the IPO. Any amendments to your programme while you are away must be agreed by your EDC in advance of any changes and then the Learning Agreement has to be modified and re-signed. To avoid multiple versions of the Learnong agreement you are asked to choose your classes carefully.

A Grant Contract

The British Council, who are the Governing Body for Erasmus+ in the UK, provide a contract which must be signed by the outgoing student and the London Met Erasmus Institutional Coordinator. The contract lists the terms of the Erasmus Charter which all students are expected to abide by during their placement abroad. By signing the contract (and thereby agreeing to the Charter) students are applying for the Erasmus grant.

Please note that no grant is payable if students have previously been in receipt of a grant through the Life-Long Learning Programme, such as Comenius, for longer than nine months.

The grant is payable in instalments of approximately 70% at the beginning of the semester with the remainder payable upon completion of all paperwork required by the British Council (normally after you have completed your stay abroad). Both the first and last instalments will be held back until all required paperwork has been received by the International Programmes Office. The required paperwork can be seen on the "While you are away" section of this website.

Insurance

The University provides free travel insurance to students going away on Erasmus placements. The policy summary and an emergency number will be emailed to you before you go away.

Guide for Outgoing Erasmus

Download the general information guide to what the Erasmus programme is and the steps students need to follow to successfully participate in the programme. You should make sure you read this before you apply!

Open Language Programme (OLP)

Opportunities exist for London Met students to take additional language units to gain a greater understanding of an offered language, and help minimise any language barrier on an Erasmus exchange. The OLP offer classes for both registered students and non-university students in the language of their choice. Please see the OLP page for further information.

There might also be the possibility of taking free language courses online if your language of tuition in the host country is not English or your native tongue.

Listed below are some of the forms that you will need to complete after your arrival at your host institution. This paperwork is compulsory for all students who are eligible for an Erasmus grant. Please note that during your period abroad there may be requests from London Met International Programmes Office for additional paperwork to be completed as part of your Erasmus placement.

These forms will be given or emailed to each eligible student with an explanation letter and deadlines for the return of the completed forms.

Certificate of arrival and departure

This form is to show that you have arrived at the host university at the expected time and that you have enrolled at that university. It also forms the record of how long you have been there as the second section requires the date of departure to be confirmed by the host’s International Office.

It is essential that this form is completed and returned to us as soon as you have enrolled at the host university.

Once the first (arrival) part has been completed and signed, please return the form by scan to us and then hold onto the original form until the end of your stay.

Once you have completed your placement get the second part signed and return it by scan.

Failure to do this will result in your grant being recalled.

Learning Agreement

This form is to confirm the modules you are studying at the host university. It will be given in hard copy or emailed to students before their study period.

This form must be signed by you and the departmental Erasmus advisor before you leave for your Erasmus placement. Once signed by the host, it should then be returned to the IPO by scan. The original should be kept by you in case of any changes.

If there are any academic problems with one or more of the modules that have been selected and you need to amend your programme of study, you need to contact the London Met Erasmus Departmental Coordinator as soon as possible and agree by email the new programme of study. This then needs to be amended on the Learning Agreement (the IPO will do this) and signed by all parties. NB. When returning the completed form please enclose translated (if necessary) module descriptions to help the Erasmus Departmental Coordinators make a quick decision on your programme of studies.

Erasmus report and London Met questionnaire

The Erasmus questionnaire is online for all students to complete after their Erasmus period has finished. The link will be sent to students nearing the end of their stay abroad.

If you do not complete this form by the deadline given by the International Programmes Office you will be required to pay back your grant.

The London Met questionnaire is not compulsory but would be gratefully received by the IPO in order to assist future students with their choice of university. This will be emailed to students by the IPO.

Please note, you should be at least semi-fluent in the institution's language of tuition to which you wish to apply.

*Political Science and International Relations are normally both catered for.

DestinationUniversitySubjectTuition language
Belgium St Louis University Translation Various
Cyprus University of Nicosia Business English
Denmark Copenhagen Business School Business English
  University of Copenhagen Communication English
France IESEG School of Management Business English
  Mod Art International Fashion Management English
  University of Savoy Mont Blanc Tourism and Hospitality   French
  Sciences Po Bordeaux Political Science* French
Germany Aachen Univ of Applied Sciences Business German
  Frankfurt Univ of Applied Sciences Finance English
Netherlands   Amsterdam Univ of Applied Sciences     Business English
  Breda Univ of Applied Sciences Tourism and Events English
  NHL Stenden Univ of Applied Sciences Tourism and Events English
Norway University of Bergen Social Sciences English
Poland University of Wroclaw Political Science* English
Spain Complutense University Business Spanish/English
    Political Science* Spanish
  EAE Business School Barcelona Business English
  University of Barcelona Business Spanish
  University of Granada Translation Various
Sweden University of Stockholm Economics English
Turkey Istanbul Bilgi University Business English
    Political Science* English
  Bilkent University Political Science* English

 

Erasmus departmental coordinators

Business              Riette van Wijnen                    r.vanwijnen@londonmet.ac.uk
Political Science  Steven Curtis                           s.curtis@londonmet.ac.uk
Translation          Zoubida Mostefai-Hampshire  z.mostefai-hampshire@londonmet.ac.uk

Erasmus+ funding is available to support students taking part in a work placement in Europe. The scheme operates along the lines of the Erasmus+ study mobility programme, with students receiving a monthly grant to help with their expenses during their period abroad. For most students the placement will need to take place during the summer holidays.

The eligibility requirements are that the placement is of at least two months' duration, and that the mobility is recognised as part of your London Met degree (this can be either via earned credits, or simply recorded on the degree transcript). There are online platforms to help you search for suitable opportunities. More details of the scheme are here:

https://www.erasmusplus.org.uk/work-abroad

Please email erasmus@londonmet.ac.uk if you have any questions about how the scheme works.

                     

 

International Programmes Office

Contact form

0207 133 3378

Learning Centre

236–250 Holloway Road
London N7 6PP

Room: LCM-04

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