What is Erasmus?
If you choose to study or work abroad in Europe, the Erasmus scheme provides a grant to support students for the duration of their placement.
The Erasmus student mobility programme, funded by the European Commission, offers students the opportunity to study or work for a period of time in another EU country or 'partner' state, and for that study or work to be recognised by Swansea University as part of your degree.
1. Why take part in the Erasmus scheme?
Studying or working abroad is a valuable and rewarding experience. Adding a European dimension to your degree programme allows you to become immersed in a foreign culture, develop your knowledge of another language and become more independent. It can also be great fun – you will have a chance to explore a new country, understand a new culture and make new friends while broadening your education.
Studying or working abroad can also improve your employment opportunities.
2. How long is an Erasmus placement?
The placement period needs to be a minimum of 3 months and can last for a maximum of 12 months. Generally students go abroad for a full academic year, usually the 3rd year of a 4 year degree scheme. However, it is also possible for students on some 3 year degree schemes to go abroad for part of the second or final year of their course.
3. How much is the Erasmus grant?
Students taking part in the Erasmus scheme are paid a Mobility Grant to offset some of the costs of taking part in the scheme. In the 2012/13 academic year, eligible Swansea students undertaking an Erasmus placement received between 270-370 Euros per month (depending on host country).
4. What is an eligible Swansea student?
To qualify for the grant under the Erasmus scheme, students need to be enrolled at Swansea University.
5. Will I need to pay tuition fees?
You will not pay tuition fees for the year abroad 2013/14 if you study in Europe.
6. Do I need to speak a European language to take part?
As you would be living and working/studying in a foreign country, a basic knowledge of the language would be helpful, but there are a number of European destinations where teaching is delivered through the medium of English.
7. What are ECTS credits?
ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer System) are used throughout Europe to facilitate the mobility and transfer of students. Swansea University has adopted the main principles of the European Credit Transfer System and refers, where appropriate, to Swansea University and ECTS credits.
When you complete your studies, you will be sent an academic transcript which will refer to both types of credit. Please note that 5 ECTS credits is equivalent to 10 Swansea University credits.
It is likely that students who wish to study abroad will be expected to produce evidence of the credits which they had pursued to date. To facilitate the process of admission to a European institution it would be useful for you to be able to refer to the ECTS credits attained at Swansea University. A degree/diploma supplement will also be issued to students to facilitate mobililty in Europe.
ECTS Conversion Chart can be seen below.
|Swansea University Mark||ECTS Grade Equivalent||Description|
|70 - 100%||A||Excellent, outstanding performance|
|60 - 69%||B||Very good, above average performance|
|50 - 59%||C||Good, generally sound work|
|43 - 49%||D||Satisfactory|
|E||performance meets the minimum criteria|
|<=39%||Fx||Fail, some more work required|