This type of mobility enables students at higher education institutions to spend an integrated period of study of between 3 months and 12 months in another country participating in the program.
Students studying in the freshman year of undergraduate degrees are not allowed to benefit from this program. They must have completed at least one semester of their academic program at the time of application. Applications are received regularly for the following academic year and this means that a 1st year student accepted for Erasmus+ attends the university abroad (host university) in his/her second year in either Fall or Spring Semester.
Participating in the Erasmus program does not mean the student is transferring to another university. Students can participate in the Erasmus program for a maximum of one academic year. Students must return to home institution (Üsküdar University) at the end of the Erasmus period and complete their program at Üsküdar University.
Students who participate in the Erasmus+ Program continue to pay tuition fees at home institution (Üsküdar University), but are exempted from tuition at the host university where they spend their semester/year abroad. Furthermore, students continue to receive the scholarships, grants and loans as if they are in Turkey. Besides, they are eligible for the Erasmus student mobility grant provided by the European Commission through Turkish National Agency. However, it should be taken into consideration that all other expenses including travel expenses between Turkey and the host country, living expenses including accommodation etc. belong to the student. Students are also given the chance to participate in the Erasmus program without receiving any grant, that is, through their own financial means.
HOW TO APPLY?
Your first step in applying to take part in Erasmus+ will be to contact your departmental Erasmus coordinator who will be able to answer all your questions. You can also be able to keep in touch with past Erasmus students – a great way to get all the low-down.
You should be aware of the announcement days to apply Erasmus Internship and you need to follow the steps in the Erasmus+ Online Information System to register and apply properly.
You should read the requirements or alarms that the system is giving to you while you are selecting universities and at the end of your application. You must check before submitting your online application via the information in the system; in which language, which semester and which courses the institution(s) plan to offer.
After the deadline of Erasmus applications, late applications will not be considered. Applications will be assessed and then, successful applicants will have one week to accept or decline their offer.
After the deadline, your application will be considered by Erasmus Office in your subject area, who will allocate the places available in your subject area.
Once you have been allocated an Erasmus place, Erasmus Office will contact your host university to nominate you formally. You must then follow your host university’s instructions and processes for admission.
Be aware that you must meet their deadlines (which vary from institution to institution). Late applications may not be accepted by the host universities.
It is important that you do some research into the courses on offer at your proposed host university/ies. You will receive credit for the courses you complete whilst on exchange so it’s also important to be aware of the credit system used by the host university. While you are doing this, you can get the help of your Departmental Erasmus Coordinator.
Most European institutions award European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits. ECTS is a standard system for comparing the study attainment and performance of students across the European Union and other collaborating European countries.
One academic year of study normally corresponds to 60 ECTS credits (this is usually equivalent to 1500-1800 hours of study in all countries irrespective of standard or qualification type).
If you have queries about the courses you plan to take whilst on exchange, or your academic requirements for Üsküdar University, you should discuss this with the Departmental Erasmus Coordinator in your subject area.
APPLICATION & SELECTION
Students, who want to attend Student Mobility, apply to Erasmus Office and declare that they want to benefit from the program. Students, who want to apply for the program, examine the universities with Erasmus agreement of their own departments and make their applications to Erasmus Office in accordance with the quotas. Higher Education Institutions select their students in accordance with the selection criteria specified by the National Agency. These criteria are determined for each academic year and announced by the National Agency.
Students follow the announcements on the website and notice boards of the Erasmus Office and make their applications in the academic year previous to the academic year that they want to go. The deadline for each academic year is stated in the announcement section on the main page of the website. All the applications are evaluated in accordance with the specified criteria and the results are announced on the website and notice boards.
Who can apply?
- Must be a full time registered student
- Students who have failed courses from previous years can apply for Erasmus exchange
- Successful completion of the first year of the degree program before the Erasmus mobility
- Minimum 2.20/4.00 GPA for the students in the Associate and Bachelor`s programmes
- Minimum 2.50/4.00 GPA for the students in the Master`s and Ph.D. programmes
- Attending the Erasmus English written and oral exams
- Delivering in time all the completed application documents to the Erasmus Office
Documents Required for Application:
After completing the online application, the students should deliver in time the following requested documents to the Erasmus Office:
- An up-to-date original Transcript of Records
- A Certificate of language proficiency (if available and if needed by the other university)
Assessment Criteria for Student Mobility for Studies:
- GPA %50
- Erasmus English exam %50
Students are obliged to obtain a student visa for the country they are going for exchange.
Erasmus Office is not responsible for students who are failed to do so. It is among students’ responsibilities to have a valid passport before applying to visa. Each country has different application procedures and requires different documents. Ask the Consulate for the list of required documents for Erasmus students and also inquire about a residence permit (whether it is needed and where you will get it). Student Visa and residence permit procedures may take very long; students are advised to start their application procedure at least six to eight weeks prior to the staring date of their exchange semester!
The Erasmus Office will provide the student with document that the student will need for the visa application; a letter to the consulate which states that the student is taking part in the Erasmus Exchange Program and that the student will receive mobility grants allocated by the National Agency. The student is required to pick up this document from Erasmus Office.
BEFORE LEAVING ÜSKÜDAR UNIVERSITY
Students must submit all the documents from the Documents part of this web page before their exchange begins.
Please note that students cannot leave for exchange without submitting these documents, otherwise their exchanges will not be valid.
Students should follow-up all the application procedure of the host institution. Therefore students are requested to check the academic calendar of the host University in advance.
The Financial Contract
If a student is awarded with mobility grant, the student will receive 80% of the total mobility grant. Students will be paid the remaining 20% of their mobility grants after they return, on the condition that they present all necessary documents and their success in the host institution.
Before leaving Üsküdar University, the student must sign a Financial Contract, which is completed by Erasmus Office to accept the responsibilities that come with the grant.
If a student is going to extend the Erasmus period for the second semester, the student should bear in mind that the Erasmus Office cannot guarantee that the second semester grants will be delivered before the students return because the budget, which is provided by the National Agency, could be lower than the amount needed for all the students applying. For this reason, the students should make all necessary arrangements for their second term mobility in advance.
If students do not fulfil these responsibilities, the remaining part of their mobility grant may be cut or they may be asked to return the first part of the mobility grant.
Bank Details Form
Students are required to fill in the bank details forms and present it before the start of the exchange period, so as to receive the Erasmus grant. The grant contribution will be paid in two instalments: 80% after the financial contract has signed; the remaining 20% within the end of the exchange period, provided that all documents have been duly delivered. The contribution will be paid by bank transfer.