ERASMUS+ Outgoing Mobility (SMS) - Ανοικτό Πανεπιστήμιο Κύπρου - Open University of Cyprus

Erasmus+ Outgoing Student Mobility for Studies

 

The Erasmus+ ‘Student Mobility for Studies’ mobility action offers OUC’s undergraduate and postgraduate (Master and PhD) students the opportunity to participate in the Erasmus+ Programme and secure a grant for studies (SMS) in any foreign country that participates in the Programme, other than the country of the sending institution and the country of their permanent residence.

A mobility activity may combine placement and studies at a foreign university.

 

  PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES

  • The Member States of the European Union,
  • Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey, Republic of North Macedonia, United Kingdom (up to the academic year 2020-2021) and Serbia.

 

The Erasmus+ mobility action for studies offers students the opportunity to:  

  •  benefit educationally, linguistically and culturally from the experience of attending a university outside their country of residence or Open University of Cyprus,
  • develop their European identity,
  • acquire international experience,
  • become familiar with the educational system of other countries, and enrich their social skills.

 

  POTENTIAL BENEFICIARIES

  • Bachelor degree students, enrolled at least in the 2nd year of their studies.
  • Master degree students, who have already completed successfully at least two (2) semestrial Thematic Units.

 

Student with disabilities:

People with disabilities include people whose physical or health status makes it difficult to participate in an Erasmus+ mobility activity without additional support. European Commission and Open University of Cyprus encourage the participation of students with disabilities in all activities of the Erasmus+ programme. Erasmus+ grants may therefore be higher than the regular study or traineeship grants to offset the specific difficulties faced by the participant (such as adapted accommodation, travel assistance, medical attendance, supportive equipment, adaption of learning material, an accompanying person for students and staff with disabilities). This additional support grant is a contribution based on real costs.

 

  HOST UNIVERSITIES

Potential host universities are universities operating in a country that participates in the Erasmus+ programme that is not the student’s country of origin or the country of their home University (Cyprus in the case of OUC students). In order to undertake mobility for studies (SMS) at universities abroad, it is mandatory to have an Erasmus+ inter-institutional agreement between the sending and the host university in the student’s particular subject areas.

OUC students participating in the Erasmus+ mobility action for studies are exempted from fees for tuition, registration, examinations, and charges at the host University. They are not exempted from the tuition fees or administrative cost for their programme of study at OUC. Participation in the Erasmus+ SMS mobility action does not affect other scholarships provided to OUC students.

 

  MOBILITY DURATION

The minimum period of mobility for SMS is three (3) months and the maximum is twelve (12) months, per cycle of study.

Participants may benefit of an exchange abroad with Erasmus+ multiple times, either as a student or as a trainee, but the total mobility time spent abroad (study abroad periods included) may not exceed 12 months per study cycle. A mobility may combine a period of study and a period of traineeship in a foreign university.

 

  PROCEDURES

Students may apply to secure Erasmus+ funding for studies during the Calls for Applications announced by the OUC Mobility Office.

Interested students wishing to participate in the Erasmus+ mobility action for studies and receive accreditation for the courses enrolled to at the host university after successful pass of their exams should:

  1. Contact the OUC Mobility Office at erasmus@ouc.ac.cy to express their interest to apply for the SMS action.
  2. Search OUC’s partner universities (OUC inter-institutional agreements are available on the Programme’s website) and search their study guides to identify programmes and courses offered in the semester(s) during which they wish to conduct their study abroad.
  3. Consult their OUC Academic Coordinator and find together the appropriate foreign university with the corresponding courses for the Thematic Units, which are still left for completion to satisfy the qualification requirements of their Programme of Study.
  4. Complete the ‘Learning Agreement’ with the relevant courses and the corresponding ECTS credits of the host University and send it to the Academic Coordinator at OUC for OUC Students attending Programmes of Study with year-long Thematic Units will have to enroll in courses abroad for both semesters of an academic year.
  5. Submit online the Erasmus+ Application for the SMS mobility action:HERE
  6. Submit to the OUC Mobility Office (at erasmus@ouc.ac.cy) with the following documents before the applications deadline:
    • Transcript of records (obtained from the relevant OUC Students and Programmes Support Services)
    • Foreign language proficiency (when applicable)
    • Learning Agreement, signed by both the student and the Academic Coordination of the relevant OUC programme of studies,

 

Evaluation of applications and Selection:

The University’s competent body evaluates all applications submitted using the following criteria:

  • Priority for students with disabilities.
  • Study cycle: Undergraduate students’ applications (with priority to those in the pre-final year of studies) are examined separately.
  • Foreign language proficiency level demanded by the host institution (if this is not Greek). Aiming to improve the quality of all mobilities carried out in the framework of the Erasmus+ programme and to achieve better learning outcomes, the level of language proficiency required for internships abroad is noted in the Erasmus+ inter-university agreements, and is checked by OUC and the host university/organization.
  • Motivation to participate in the Erasmus+ Mobility Programme.
  • Transcript of records (weighted average grade).

 

Selected students are informed by the OUC Mobility Office of further action required prior to the commencement of their mobility period for studies abroad.

When the student receives OUC’s approval to participate in the Erasmus+ Programme, s/he must submit the final Learning Agreement and any other documents requested by the host University before its respective deadlines. OUC students must receive the Learning Agreement signed by the host university, indicating acceptance of his/her mobility.

 

Comments / Complaints:

The Mobility Office of the Open University of Cyprus, in its effort to continuously improve the services offered and to provide better support to those interested in participating in the European Mobility Programme Erasmus+, provides the possibility of submitting any complaints and comments on issues related to the services provided. Online form: HERE.

 

  STUDY ABROAD RECOGNITION

The study period abroad must be an integral part of the student’s Programme of Study at OUC (modules of at least 20 ECTS per semester must correspond to OUC Thematic Units), and is fully recognised by Open University of Cyprus in the Diploma Supplement, which is issued along with the awarded degree. Upon the end of the mobility period, the host University must provide the student with a detailed transcript of record for the courses s/he has attended and was examined in the framework of the Erasmus+ Learning Agreement.


ERASMUS STUDENT CHARTER

 

  ONLINE LINGUISTIC SUPPORT – OLS

The Online Linguistic Support (OLS) system supports language learning for Erasmus+ mobility participants. The OLS offers participants in Erasmus+ the opportunity to improve their skills in the foreign language(s) they will use to study and work abroad. The programme is available in all EU languages. More information is provided here.

 

  ERASMUS+ GRANT

Beneficiaries receive funding covering their travel and subsistence expenses. The Erasmus+ grant varies according to the host country and the participants’ mobility duration. For the SMS mobility action, the host university does not charge any tuition, registration fees or other administrative expenses to Erasmus+ students who pay their normal tuition at Open University of Cyprus.

 

  • Travel costs

OUC students participating in Erasmus+ mobility actions may receive travel expenses only if their mobility to the host organization starts from Cyprus or other remote regions, such as Iceland or Malta or other overseas countries and territories. Travel distance is calculated using the EU’s distance calculator tool:

http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/tools/distance_en.htm

Distance Travelled

Travel grant (€)

Βetween 10 and 99 Km

20

Between 100 and 499 km

180

Between 500 and 1999 km

275

Between 2000 and 2999 km

360

Between 3000 and 3999 km

530

Between 4000 and 7999 km

820

Between 8000 km or more

1500

 

  • Subsistence

 

The monthly amount of the Erasmus+ grant for each student is determined based on the host country:

Country Group

Host Country

Monthly Grant (€)

Group 1

Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Luxemburg, Lichtenstein, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom

770

Group 2

Austria, Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Greece, Spain, (Cyprus), The Netherlands, Malta, Portugal

720

Group 3

Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Republic of North Macedonia, Turkey, Serbia

670

 

  CONTACT US

OUC MOBILITY OFFICE

International Cooperation, Development and Communication Unit

Tel.: +357 22411717 / 22411659

email: erasmus@ouc.ac.cy

 

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