LLP / Erasmus studies
Erasmus is an unforgettable experience. Try it out and see for yourselves!
- additional academic and professional knowledge
- a different environment for studies and work
- different ways of studying and working
- critical thinking and creativity
- a better command of a foreign language
- greater independence and self-discipline
- faster adaptation to various situations
- meeting new people
- future career opportunities abroad and in Lithuania
- intercultural awareness and tolerance.
More about Erasmus
The Lifelong Learning Programme promotes studying opportunities from childhood to old age and includes all levels of education. The new programme is based on the best experiences of Socrates, Leonardo da Vinci and e-learning programmes. The Lifelong Learning Programme was launched in January 2007 and will continue until December 2013.
27 EU member states are participants of the programme, as well as Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Turkey, Switzerland, Croatia and Macedonia.
The purpose of the LLP / Erasmus Programme is to encourage collaboration between higher education institutions, ensure high quality of studies and support student, teacher and other staff exchange.
The Erasmus Programme was named to honour the Dutch philosopher Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus. It also serves as an acronym for European Region Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students.
Erasmus student mobility is:
- part-time studies at foreign universities
- internship at foreign companies
Participants of the Erasmus Programme get a one-time opportunity to study at a university abroad and do internship in a foreign company.
Vytautas Magnus University joined the Erasmus Programme in 1999. Since the 2003/2004 academic year, all VMU faculties are participating in the programme. In over ten years of the programme’s existence, more than 1,300 VMU students had an opportunity to travel abroad for part-time studies and internship, while over 500 foreign Erasmus students came to study at VMU.
The main goals of the Erasmus Programme are:
- to provide an opportunity for students to acquire linguistic, cultural and educational experience by making use of other European countries’ knowledge of the disciplines they are studying
- to enrich the learning environment of the accepting institution
- to encourage collaboration between higher education schools which exchange students
- to help cover the expenses of student mobility.
More information is available on the website of the European Commission.
Every February, the VMU International Office announces the first stage of selection for Erasmus studies at foreign higher education institutions in the following academic year. The second stage of the selection is announced in September and offers studies during the current academic year’s spring semester.
Students who wish to participate in the competition have to fill in the online application. Eligible applicants in the first stage are first to third year Bachelor’s degree students (first to fourth year BA students at the Music Academy), first year Master’s degree students, first to fourth year students of integrated studies, and first to third year doctoral students – including daytime, full time, and part time modes.
For the second stage, all daytime full-time and part-time students may send applications. People with disabilities or special needs are welcome to participate in the Erasmus selection. These persons may receive additional funding. More information is available on the website of the Education Exchanges Support Foundation and in the database of the higher education accessibility guide (HEAG).
Students who have already studied as participants of the Erasmus Programme cannot apply for the selection.
While choosing a university abroad, students must pay attention to the following:
- does the foreign university offer subjects (they are presented on its website) which you are meant to take at VMU as part of your study programme
- assure that smooth coordination of the Erasmus studies between the sending and the receiving institution, as well as validation after the Erasmus period, are regulated by the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS).
- are you fluent in the foreign language which will be taught at the university abroad (subjects are not always taught in English. This may also be verified on the website of the foreign university)
- if you would like to write your BA, MA or doctoral thesis at a university abroad during the next spring semester, consult with your thesis supervisor and the head of the department at VMU regarding this possibility. The thesis is written abroad for three months. The selected students have to find a supervisor, a consulting lecturer, before their Erasmus period at a university abroad. The thesis is defended at VMU after the Erasmus studies are finished.
It is possible to go study at a university abroad during the last semester of Bachelor’s degree studies, under condition that the thesis supervisor does not oppose this and the semester abroad would be shorter than at VMU, so that there is time to present the report on the marks and the thesis to the faculty.
- conformability between the plan for studies or research at the higher education institution abroad and the study programme at VMU
- results of studies or research during the last two semesters. For first-year students of all levels: results of studies in the first semester
- good knowledge of the language in which lectures will be taught
- motivation of the student
- student’s experience of work, studies, internship, participation at international academic projects and public activities in Lithuania or abroad
- student’s ability to independently solve the arising problems
if not available – results of studies reflected in the appendix to the BA or MA degree diploma.
INFORMATION FOR THE SELECTED STUDENTS
The smooth coordination of the Erasmus studies between the sending and the receiving institution, as well as validation after the Erasmus period, are regulated by the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS).
Before their Erasmus studies, the selected students must:
- Send the application and accommodation forms to the universities abroad before their application deadline.
- After receiving the acceptance letter and the detailed academic calendar of studies abroad, these documents must be presented to the International Office, as well as the following required documents:
- Learning Agreement (in Lithuanian). Note: students who are majoring in one academic discipline and have chosen another for their minor studies may try to match the minor studies’ subjects at the foreign university as well. In that case, the Learning Agreement has to be prepared in two variants – one for the faculty which offers the major concentration and the other for the faculty of the minor studies
- Student data for the agreement
- Request for the Dean of the faculty (in Lithuanian). Note: students themselves have to collect the required signatures (at their own faculty first).
- Doctoral student’s request for the Rector (in Lithuanian)
Students who have brought the required documents are allocated the Erasmus scholarship and provided the status of an Erasmus student. The status of an Erasmus student is reflected by the Erasmus Student Charter.
Students with disabilities or special needs must present additional documents at least a month before the start of their studies abroad in order to receive extra funding. More information is available on the website of the Education Exchanges Support Foundation.
Useful information: get to know, evaluate, travel (in Lithuanian).
After you arrive to your Erasmus destination
- Ask for the coordinators to sign and fax your Learning Agreement to VMU International Office
- Ask for the coordinators to mark your arrival date in the Erasmus Period Statement. The dates of arrival and departure should match with the dates in your Erasmus Financial Agreement. Where the dates to change (shortened or prolonged), you must immediately inform VMU International Office.
- Agree with the coordinators on changes in your study courses and inform the Head of your Department by e-mail. Also, fill in and sign your Learning Agreement’s Change Page which then must be send by fax or e-mail to VMU International Office.
- Agree with your professors that the final evalution of your every course would be a mark. VMU does not accept "Pass" as an evaluation. If the professor declines to do that, inform your Head of the Department and change that study course.
After your return from Erasmus
- Fill in the online Erasmus report
- Present VMU International Office with original copy of your Learning Agreement and its Change Pages signed by the foreign institution’s coordinators.
- Present VMU International Office with original copy of your Erasmus Period Statement signed by the foreign institution’s coordinators.
- Present VMU International Office with a copy of your Erasmus Evaluation Page. Copy can also be send by the coordinators by email. The original copy goes to your Department in Lithuania.
More information can be requested at the International Office from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. by addressing the following person:
Coordinator of Outgoing LLP/Erasmus Students
S. Daukanto Str. 27, Room 306
Phone + 370 37 327 988, +370 615 63212
Fax +370 37 327 989