How to study all your life thanks to Erasmus+ grants

Study and practice abroad, skill improvement, job shadowing, exchange of experience, developing new education programs, cooperation between higher education institutions and public authorities, businesses, civil society, etc. – look for all these and other opportunities in our guide.

 

Higher Education

Suitable for: junior bachelors starting from the 2nd year, bachelors, masters, people with higher education, academics, PhD students, candidates for a Doctor of Sciences, and university administrations.

 

1. International mobility

 

Student exchange

Duration: 3-12 months of study, 2-12 months of practical training.

Student exchange is an excellent opportunity to travel abroad to study or for practical training, learn new subjects, improve the level of communication, knowledge of a foreign language and intercultural relations, learn from foreign specialists, and master useful skills for the future job. An important advantage is that you can combine your study abroad with practical training.

Student exchange takes place in accordance with academic programs. It means that if you are a medical student, you cannot devote all your attention to history of arts, at least within this field.

An Erasmus+ student who wins an exchange contest will receive a grant covering tuition fee, round trip fare, insurance policy premium and visa fee, and including the payment of 800-850-900 euros per month to cover the costs of stay.

 

Practical training for students

Duration: 2 to 12 months

Practical training is the best way to digest knowledge and gain practical skills, and therefore, Erasmus+ offers opportunities in this respect, too. Undergraduate, master’s and PhD students receive a chance to undergo practical training abroad in the field of their specialization. They can do it at any organization in the countries offering Erasmus+ program. This opportunity will help gain practical experience in a desired profession, experience in business communication and work in multicultural environment, improve your language skills, learn more about the culture of another country, tell others about your country, and feel confident when looking for a job.

It is worth noting that this area is a part of exchange programs, which means that you will be studying at a EU university for a certain period, and afterwards you’ll be assigned to a certain organization for practical training. Your grant will fully cover the program costs: travel expenses, insurance policy and visa fee, and will include monthly payments of 800 to 900 euros to cover the costs of your stay.

If you decide to study under an exchange program or undergo practical training under Erasmus+ program, first of all you should check whether the country in which you intend to study is listed in the catalogue of participating countries. If it is, we congratulate you, because you can move on, specifically to your university’s international relations section. They will tell you about details and opportunities, and help you apply for participation in the program.

Your university and their EU partner will decide together on the document package you will have to put together. The standard package includes a letter of motivation, references, your CV, an abstract from your student’s record book, and confirmation of language proficiency.

After successfully completing your study or practical training, you will receive a certificate and return to your university to get credits for academic mobility, continue your study and receive a Ukrainian degree. And of course, your priceless international experience will stay with you for the whole life.

 

Teaching, advanced training and job shadowing for academic staff of colleges and universities

Duration: 5 days to 2 months

Exchange programs for academic staff of colleges and universities help them improve their professional skills, increase the quality of teaching and exchange experience with colleagues from various countries of the world. Under these programs, you can, for instance, teach at a European university, which would help you improve your knowledge of a professional foreign language, plunge into cultural environment of other countries, establish useful professional contacts and tell the world about your country.

In addition, academics and administrative staff may undergo training at a college or university to improve their skills or participate in job shadowing. Thanks to this program, they will receive professional development: improve the level of teaching, improve their language proficiency and find out more about new learning and teaching methods which they could use at their institution.

This program works for any field or discipline. Both organizations – the one assigning an academic and the one receiving them – approve the academic’s work plan together with the participant. An emphasis is placed on developing teaching skills and an efficient academic plan, borrowing from the experience in managing grant funds (for the staff of financial department) or in management of international projects (for personnel of international departments).

A member of university’s academic staff may receive a grant covering travel costs, insurance policy and visa fee and including 140-180 euros in daily allowances. The exact amount of grant depends on the country of stay and the distance between the countries. To apply, all you have to do is to submit an application via your educational institution.

 

2. Full course of study under joint Master’s Programs from Erasmus Mundus

 

For Students

Duration: 12 to 24 months

This program is designed for undergraduate 4th year students and graduates with a bachelor’s or specialist’s degree, without age limitations, who want to study abroad and receive a European degree. Joint master’s programs from Erasmus Mundus are developed by partner universities from various countries of the world (but at least two of them must be from Europe), and upon completion, an attendee will receive a mono-, bi- or multilateral certificate. The main distinguishable feature of this program is global mobility, which means that a student will travel from one partner university to another, thus taking a study course at various universities participating in this program.

A student will receive a grant covering the tuition fees, travel costs, visa fee and insurance policy and including a monthly scholarship payment of 1000 euros for the entire duration of study. In addition, a student will receive a one-time stipend package at the beginning of study that covers the costs of getting started at the first university of the study course.

You can select an Erasmus Mundus program the most suitable for you from the catalogue of joint master’s programs here.

 

For academics

Academics may do their job and teach postgraduate students abroad according to their own unique courses. Just go to the catalogue of joint master’s programs and select the program you need. Coordinators of the field of your choice will tell you whether you can join the team, and provide additional information (including the amount of grant).

In addition, Ukrainian academics may develop a joint master’s program Erasmus Mundus themselves by pooling their Ukrainian university with at least two European educational institutions and universities from other countries of the world. This master’s program must be absolutely unique, innovative and thought-out to the last detail (including management, etc.; for example, procedure of selecting candidates and submitting applications for the study). After receiving a grant, the amount of which may be different in every particular case, students from all over the world can visit a Ukrainian university to study under a master’s program.

In addition to implementing institutional development strategy and finding new partners, a higher education institution will receive grant funding under this program to support implementation of mobility projects.

 

3. Cooperation projects

Duration: 24 to 36 months

Cooperation between higher education institutions, research institutions, businesses and other organizations from EU member states and other countries of the world in general provides an excellent opportunity to study and use innovative educational practices, exchange experience and create new joint projects. Thanks to social and cultural differences, the project’s participants develop new approaches, practices and methods and try to put them to use, improve their competence in digital technologies and develop their business skills.

There are several areas within this program:

 

Development of higher education potential

Here, higher education institutions from EU member states may implement joint projects with universities, research institutions, general-education schools, vocational schools and other organizations from all over the world to exchange experience and study successful practices.

It could be development of new education programs or innovative courses, learning and teaching methodologies; creation of innovative centers and laboratories or projects of strengthening the relationship between higher education institutions and businesses; and improvement of already existing education programs. In their cooperation, the partners must make quality an unalienable component, improve the management system, engage in their project student and employer organizations, representatives of civil society, etc.

For instance, they may develop and implement new bachelor’s, master’s or PhD programs, improve a quality management system, receive contemporary literature or subscribe for international publications, upgrade a library, create a laboratory or a center, or implement other changes at a university in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine as part of new reforms.

The amount of grant is between 500 thousand and 1 million euros. At least two higher education institutions from two different European countries participating in the program plus at least two partner organizations from the program’s two different partner countries must participate in multinational projects. For national projects, at least two partner institutions of higher education from two different European countries participating in the program plus at least three Ukrainian institutions of higher education are required. A Ukrainian university may act both as a partner and as an applicant for a grant.

These grants cover the costs of labor of project teams, business trips, equipment (computers, video conferencing, educational software, simulators, office equipment, etc.), language courses, translation and publication of materials, and many more.

 

Knowledge alliances

This area includes cooperation between organizations/institutions of higher education and businesses for the purposes of creating effective projects, developing innovative approaches to learning and teaching, enhancing entrepreneurial skills of academics and facilitating exchange of knowledge. The opportunity is open for any field and discipline, but partners must work together and share the aforementioned goals.

These projects must solve real problems of academics and students and encourage their entrepreneurship and creative projects. The partners may develop new products, prototypes and services, establish startups, exchange academics and other staff members for a certain period, etc.

The amount of grant is between 700 thousand and 1 million euros. At least six partner organizations from the program’s three different participating states (these must be at least two universities and two enterprises) and from partner states, if they have unique experience, must cooperate in this area. In this case, Ukrainian institutions may act as partners.

 

Strategic partnership

This area is open to organizations of any type offering secondary, vocational and higher education, adult learning and professional training; it is also open for other sectors, for instance, public authorities or cultural organizations.

The goal is to establish a circle of different responsible partners with unique knowledge, experience, practices and capabilities. There are two options of working in this area: according to the first option, projects are aimed to develop own innovative products or disseminate and improve the existing system.

According to the second option, they are focused on the exchange of practices, ideas and experience, while the applicant receives assistance from a partner in improving, strengthening and finalizing the existing system to implement innovations.

In this area, 14 projects have been implemented in Ukraine in various fields: higher education, secondary education, youth and adult education. In particular, four of them are related specifically to adult education.

For example, “Ukraine – Poland – Germany” international NGO is working on making adult education accessible for immigrants and IDPs to help them enter the labor market with confidence. GURT resource center created a project helping personnel of nonprofit organizations and volunteers improve their digital literacy, hone skills and gain new strength for their mission. The Union of Youth Organizations of the Vinnytsia Region focused their efforts on improving qualification of specialists and other staff dealing with employment of youths, in particular, on providing support to women under 35 years of age and to people with disabilities. And a program supporting female entrepreneurs was developed under an NGO Agricola project.

The maximum amount of grant is 450 thousand euros.

 

In “Knowledge alliances” and “Strategic partnerships” areas, a grant may be approved if a higher education institution or another organization can provide a detailed substantiation of the uniqueness and innovativeness of their experience and its effect on the project’s outcomes.

These grants cover the costs of labor of project teams, business trips, equipment, implementation of joint projects, and many more.

Students can also take advantage of the outcomes of cooperation projects and get engaged in their implementation; for example, they can undergo training under courses developed during the project, work in new laboratories, study at summer and winter schools, improve their practical skills and gain new knowledge according to unique methodologies.

 

4. Jean Monnet projects

Duration: 12, 24 or 36 months

The goal of this area is to disseminate the ideas of united Europe, and in particular, make Ukraine a full-fledged part of it. Institutions of higher education and other institutions from all over the world that have experience in conducting European integration studies cooperate under these projects to perfect the teaching and studies, to study and implement EU policies. The emphasis is made on various aspects of European integration and on the dialogue between people and cultures. Active educational work disseminating knowledge about the EU in the society is also encouraged. These projects envisage participation of one or more institutions, and offer grants in different amounts depending on the area of activity.

 

Jean Monnet projects can be divided into:

 

Teaching and research

Duration: 3 years

  • modules

A university may implement a short program or course disseminating knowledge about the EU among students and other target audiences, e.g. pupils, parents, school teachers, representatives of public authorities, businesses, etc. For that purpose, they can select one topic or a general multidisciplinary approach – it could be a general or introductory course on EU matters, a specialized course concerning EU’s activities, trends and development, summer schools, streamline courses, etc.

Higher education institutions provide support to academics and experts engaged to implement these projects, include newly-developed courses to academic process and help disseminate the findings of studies.

In particular, this initiative is aimed to provide support to young researchers who only begin their academic career. One academic year must include 40 academic hours of direct contact with the audience in the form of lectures, seminars and consultations (including distance education format).

Maximum amount of grant: 30 thousand euros

  • academic departments

A higher education institution offers academic posts to professors and lecturers specializing in European studies. During three years, the project’s participants must devote at least 90 academic hours per academic year to various forms of group studies: lectures, seminars, consultations, scientific research oversight, distance (but not individual) education.

The academic’s tasks include in-depth study of European Union-related matters, improvement of European integration courses, preparation of students for the future professional career. Their mission is also to encourage, consult and help the young generation of academics concerned with various areas of European studies.

Maximum amount of grant: 50 thousand euros

  • centers of excellence

A special section is created on the basis of a university, comprised of experts from among the academic research personnel and concerned with the study and dissemination of the EU information and ideology.

The participants develop together a strategic three-year plan concerning organization of studies and publication of study results, updating of existing courses and academic programs, intensification of debates and  exchange of EU experience, organization of events in cooperation with public authorities at the local, regional and national levels.

Centers of excellence must establish contacts with colleagues from other countries, academic departments, modules and other institutions of Jean Monnet Program. Several organizations from the same city or region can also work together.

Maximum amount of grant: 100 thousand euros

 

Exchange of knowledge

  • networking

Duration: 3 years

This program brings together higher education institutions, Centers of Excellence, academic departments, research teams and individual experts in the field of European studies. They gather information, exchange successful practices, create platforms to exchange knowledge regarding European integration, strengthen relations between universities in Europe and the world.

In addition, events in this area may be aimed to support existing networks and certain types of activity in the field of EU studies.

Maximum amount of grant: 300 thousand euros 

  • projects

Duration: 12 or 24 months

This area is divided into several types, each having the purpose of supporting innovations, exchanging knowledge and disseminating European content.

Projects of the “Innovations” type must be focused on new approaches, teaching and learning methods of European studies and on increasing their attractiveness. In particular, it includes creation of new subjects, self-education instruments, teaching materials, events for preparation of academics concerned with EU studies.

The “Mutual enrichment” type envisages the deepening of EU knowledge among not only students but also academics and other staff of higher education institutions. It includes research projects on the basis of a department, faculty or R&D team, cooperation between several institutions for the purpose of joint teaching and organization of joint events.

As for projects of the “Content dissemination” type, they are mostly concerned with information dissemination problems: support of informational and educational activities, organization of conferences, seminars and round tables addressing contemporary aspects of the European Union’s development.

Maximum amount of grant: 60 thousand euros

 

Support to associations

Duration: 3 years

Associations of professors, lecturers and researchers conducting EU studies in a particular country may apply for and receive financial support of institutional activity. To be eligible, an association must be officially registered and have the status of independent legal entity.

Jean Monnet associations work mostly with contemporary information, studying particular aspects of the EU and forming their vision regarding them, disseminate knowledge, analyze various data and conduct studies of particular European integration aspects. These associations can provide consultations to politicians of the local, regional, national and European levels.

Maximum amount of grant: 50 thousand euros

 

5. National Higher Education Reform Experts (HERE) Team

 

The European Commission initiated a project of supporting modern approach to the development of higher education in various countries. The national team provides support to, and is engaged in, developing a higher education development strategy, improving legislative framework, developing the capability of higher education institutions to implement reforms. Basically, their efforts are aimed at implementing the Bologna Process.

If you work in the higher education sector, you can receive a professional consultation from HERE Team. You may, and should, seek assistance from this team if you don’t have sufficient knowledge and experience in higher education, modernization of academic programs, development of quality assurance culture, etc. The team participates in various studies and events, especially when they concern implementation of reforms in higher education.

Every year, members of HERE Team organize trainings, seminars and conferences for Ukrainian community with participation of international experts working on reforming higher education in various countries of the world, developing methodological recommendations, translating key ministerial documents of the Bologna Process, etc. 

 

Secondary Education

Suitable for: teachers, administrative personnel, school pupils and their parents.

 

eTwinning Plus

To foster cooperation between international schools and friendship between neighboring countries, the European Commission created eTwinning Plus, a special program launched in 2005 and currently operating in 44 countries of the world. Under this program, teachers can implement projects with other European schools, improve their proficiency in English, borrow from the experience of colleagues and simply learn creative approach to teaching. As a result, pupils will gain experience in creating joint projects, learn about information technologies and how to use them, develop their knowledge of English, learn more about the culture of other European countries, tell about the history, traditions and culture of their country, and find new friends.

A closed online network was created specifically for this project, where teachers can collaborate and communicate. Presently, this network encompasses Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Tunisia and Lebanon. 940 schools and 1900 teachers from Ukraine have already taken part in this program, and 3540 projects concerned with various subjects were implemented together with pupils.

eTwinning program offers an excellent opportunity to implement a creative approach to teaching and remind teachers and pupils that learning and teaching are not only necessary but also interesting things to do.

 

Youth

Suitable for: youths (13-30 years) and youth workers (without age limitation)

 

Youth exchange

Duration: 5 to 21 days

Under exchange programs, groups of young people aged between 13 and 30 years from at least two different countries participating in this program get to know each other, live together and develop practical skills in a certain area at seminars, trainings or summer schools. These exchange programs allow participants to embark on an interesting journey, better understand European values, practice their language skills and see cultural differences. During these programs, youths participate in seminars, trainings, debates, conferences, summer camps (5-21 days), etc. Overall, exchange programs help develop solidarity, democracy, friendliness and lifetime competencies, e.g. media literacy, critical thinking and initiative taking. Every group must have a leader of at least 18 years of age.

Young people may receive financial support covering travel and accommodation expenses, insurance, visa fee and costs of stay (meals and out-of-pocket expenses). An application for a grant may be submitted only via an NGO in a participating country that received the grant and is implementing this project.

 

Exchange programs for workers of youth organizations

Duration: 2 days to 2 months

Workers of any youth (civic or public) organization may travel abroad on a short trip to participate in training courses or seminars. They can also establish cooperation with colleagues from various countries of the world, undergo advanced training or job shadowing at a foreign youth organization.

This program fosters professional development of youth workers, helping improve their competence and develop skills in working with children and youths. Travel expenses may be covered by an organization that won the project and received a grant. An application for a grant may be submitted personally via this organization. For details, please contact Erasmus+ youth information center in Ukraine.

 

Cooperation projects (Developing potential in the youth sphere)

Duration: 9 to 24 months

Youth and educational organizations (universities, secondary schools, vocational schools, colleges, public, private and civic educational organizations of EU member states and Eastern Partnership states (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine)) may exchange experience and work together to improve themselves, implement institutional development strategies and increase internationalization of youth organizations. These projects include components of mobility and development of institutional potential for the purpose of implementing youth development strategies. They can work, inter alia, with bodies of public administration, representatives of business and culture. Associations of this kind launch new work methods and develop informal teaching methods, while the youth are preparing themselves for active social life, learn media literacy and develop the sense of responsibility.

Requirements to participation in the projects: at least three organizations, at least one partner from countries participating in the program, and at least one partner from Eastern Partnership countries.

Partnership projects are aimed to develop youth and social entrepreneurship. Overall, this is informal learning that becomes possible thanks to cooperation between international (including business) organizations. Programs developed by the youth and offering practical solutions to social challenges have the biggest prospects.

It is worth noting that you can participate in “Youth” projects either individually or on behalf of an organization. A participant has the chance to win a grant for their organization with the opportunity to participate in exchange and cooperation projects with European youth organizations.

 

Cooperation projects (Strategic partnerships in the youth sphere)

Duration: 6 to 36 months

Unlimited number of institutions and organizations may participate in this program, but there must be at least three of them, e.g. universities, NGOs, public institutions. These projects help develop social conscience and entrepreneurial skills in youths.

The projects are initiated, created and implemented by the participants themselves in their countries. Within the program’s framework, youths must develop innovative products or engage in dissemination and integration of existing ones. Moreover, separate funding could be received for work with intellectual products and organization of events aimed to popularize these products.

 

International youth dialogue projects

Duration: 3 to 24 months

These programs may come in various formats: meetings, conferences, consultations and other educational events. Their main purpose is to familiarize young people with European democratic values, develop the ability to correctly express their opinion and not to be afraid to present it to decision makers. The participants must take an active part at all stages of the project, in particular, engage in dialogues discussing problems, express their opinion regarding youth policy and propose solutions.

An application may be submitted by any organization (but not individual) from a country participating in this program. The maximum amount of grant for a youth dialogue project is 50 thousand euros.

 

Volunteer projects (European solidarity corps)

Duration: 2 weeks to 12 months

Young people between 18 and 30 years of age can get the feeling of being true superheroes and participate in projects that benefit the society and mankind in their country or abroad. These projects may include, in particular, help in preventing a natural disaster or eliminating its consequences, work at a center for the homeless, or solution of various social problems in communities. In a company of likeminded persons, volunteers will make their contribution to the development of openness, benevolence and mutual assistance.

You can register for participation yourself if you are at least 17 years old, but to become a volunteer, you must reach the full age. You can also submit your application via a youth organization. An applicant may select whom to help, but it is worth noting that an organization of the applicant’s choice may temporarily not seek volunteer help, and therefore, you are advised to contact them before applying.

A grant covers the participant’s accommodation costs, meals, travel expenses, insurance and offers a small amount for out-of-pocket expenses. At the end of the project, young boys and girls will receive a certificate of participation in the European Solidarity Corps.

Grant applications are accepted from youth organizations, schools, colleges, universities and public institutions.

 

Sports

Suitable for: civic and public organizations concerned with nonprofessional sports, sports federations and public authorities

 

Joint Partnerships

Duration for joint partnerships: 12, 18, 24, 30 or 36 months; for small joint partnerships: 12-24 months

Organizations from various countries may join their efforts to develop new sports programs, improve knowledge, and create and popularize their own products. For a start, a project needs at least five organizations from five different participating countries, but their maximum number is not limited.

The objective of the partners is to change the attitude toward sports and physical education for the better, raise interest in comprehensive development of personality, strengthen sporting relations between countries, and also, popularize sport and healthy lifestyle using all means by developing and implementing innovations, organizing conferences, seminars, meetings, other events and communications.

The amount of grant is 400 thousand euros for a joint partnership project and 60 thousand euros for small joint partnerships.

This special project was prepared under Communication of Europe in Ukraine project of the EU Delegation to Ukraine.

 

Source: Platforma