Erasmus+ is the largest educational, training, and sport programme for youth of the European Union, which promotes the possibilities of learning within the EU and beyond, the cooperation between educational institutions, the organisation of youth, enterprises, local and regional governments, as well as non-government organisations.
It also provides support for political changes in member states and facilitates cooperation with countries that are not yet in the EU.
The European Commission awarded Zagreb School of Business the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education on 1 December 2014 for the 2014–2020 period.
The Erasmus+ programme includes all European and international programmes and initiatives by the European Union in the areas of education, training, youth, and sport. It facilitates cross-border student mobility and the mobility of the teaching and non-teaching staff of Europe.
Participating states: All EU member states, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, and Turkey.
Erasmus+ mobility can only be carried out in accordance with agreements between higher education institutions, all of which must hold the Erasmus University Charter. The mobility can either be a study or a professional internship.
Before going abroad, students have to compare study programmes at the receiving institution with the ones at the sending institution and choose compatible courses they are going to enrol on. The elected courses (or the final paper thesis) are entered into a Learning Agreement with the corresponding ECTS workload. The sending institution signs the agreement, thus guaranteeing the recognition of ECTS credits obtained during mobility.
Students and their Erasmus coordinator also decide on the courses the students will have to enrol on when they return to the sending institution upon completion of mobility. The educational experience abroad need not correspond equally to the one at home.
Students send the sealed Learning Agreement proposal to the receiving institution which then returns it to the students/Erasmus coordinator. The signature of the authorised person at the receiving institution guarantees the student the right to attend the courses and modules agreed upon in the agreement.
Any amendment to the Learning Agreement is possible only if there are objective reasons to do so – within one month of a student’s arrival at the receiving institution. All amendments must be agreed upon by all three parties and entered into the Learning Agreement.
Before going on mobility, students must sign a Training Agreement – Student Mobility for Traineeship (TA), which includes an activity plan, learning outcomes, skills and competences that students must acquire, mentorship, the relation between the traineeship and the study programme, as well as the results achieved upon completion of the training.
The integral part of the TA is the Quality Commitment, a document which describes the roles and responsibilities of all parties participating in the organisation and carrying out the traineeship.
A Training Agreement is signed by the student, the foreign company/institution/organization, and Zagreb School of Business. Subsequent amendments to the TA are possible only when there are objectively valid reasons to do so, within one month of the students arrival at the receiving institution. All amendments must be agreed upon by all three parties and entered into the Training Agreement.
Students can find and decide upon where to carry out the traineeship independently or together with the Erasmus coordinator. The Agency for Mobility and EU Programmes (AMEUP) regularly publishes traineeship calls for application on its website (http://www.mobilnost.hr/index.php?id=3066).
Taking out a health insurance policy
Students are required to take out a health insurance policy valid for the entire duration of their stay at the receiving institution.
Online linguistic support – OLS
Online Linguistic Support – OLS facilitates students’ language learning during Erasmus+ mobility. OLS linguistic competence assessment is a requirement for all participants of the Erasmus+ mobility. Furthermore, Erasmus students can take an online language course to advance their linguistic competence.
Erasmus+ is not a full grant
The Erasmus+ grant may not cover all the costs of staying abroad. Students must be able to cover the basic costs during their mobility.
Erasmus+ at every stage of the study
Erasmus+ enables students mobility at one of the programme countries in Europe. The mobility period can last up to 12 months for undergraduate and graduate students. The financial support is ensured for both studying and carrying out a traineeship.
Erasmus+ mobility benefits
Students who receive mobility are financially supported by their sending institution and are exempt from tuition fees at the receiving institution, and the courses they pass are recognised through the Learning Agreement.
Erasmus + Scholarship
Furthermore, Erasmus+ offers financial support to help students cover the cost of staying abroad. Erasmus + mobility support amounts are based on different subsistence costs in the host countries.