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1 Information for Outgoing NUI Galway Students Mary Lyons International Affairs Officer 3 rd April, 2014 Studying abroad on the ERASMUS programme in 2014/15

2 International Affairs Office  Staff dealing with Erasmus Gisèle FarrellGisèle Farrell Room 103 downstairsRoom 103 downstairs Mary LyonsMary Lyons Institutional Erasmus CoordinatorInstitutional Erasmus Coordinator Room 201 upstairsRoom 201 upstairs  How to contact us: Call to 7 Distillery RoadCall to 7 Distillery Road Tel: Tel: Web pages: pages:

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4 ERASMUS (Erasmus of Rotterdam, ) EuRopean Community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students So far, across Europe, over 3,000,000 students have participated. Bilateral Agreements between universities in various subject areas allow EXCHANGE of students – NO TUITION FEES. Workload of study period abroad is set out in student’s LEARNING AGREEMENT and is recognised by the Home University. MOBILITY GRANT may be available to assist with costs.

5 Documents available to download 1. Information Brochure Read carefully!Read carefully! 2. NUI Galway Application Form i.e. your application for the Erasmus Granti.e. your application for the Erasmus Grant Obtain Academic Coordinator’s signature.Obtain Academic Coordinator’s signature. Return to our office by 30 th April (for Semester 1 or Full Year) or 28 th November (for Semester 2).Return to our office by 30 th April (for Semester 1 or Full Year) or 28 th November (for Semester 2). Both documents can be downloaded from

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8 Type or write your address continuously across page to prevent form running onto 2 nd page This form should ideally be typed.

9 You must give exact dates: see info that was sent to you from host university or check its website

10 Your Grant Application Form Is available to download in Word or pdf. Is available to download in Word or pdf. Ideally it should be typed. Ideally it should be typed. If completing by hand, use BLOCK CAPITALS. If completing by hand, use BLOCK CAPITALS. It should only occupy one single page, so please ensure that you do not hit the “RETURN” key when typing your home address, for instance. It should only occupy one single page, so please ensure that you do not hit the “RETURN” key when typing your home address, for instance.

11 Grant Application Form If you do not submit your form by the 30 th April deadline, you will not be considered for an Erasmus grant.... You may be approved to study abroad as a zero-grant student, but you will not be eligible for an Erasmus grant.

12 Completing the Application Form Please ensure it is clearly legible. Please ensure it is clearly legible. Advisable to use the form of your name that appears on your passport. Advisable to use the form of your name that appears on your passport. Irish or English form? Use one and stick to it for all paperwork. Irish or English form? Use one and stick to it for all paperwork. Double-check your Bank Details and note the account number you’ve given us if you’ve more than one account. Double-check your Bank Details and note the account number you’ve given us if you’ve more than one account. (Grant payments processed online by bank transfer: essential that info. you provide is accurate! Notify us of any change!!) (Grant payments processed online by bank transfer: essential that info. you provide is accurate! Notify us of any change!!)

13 Completing your application (continued) Home address: a permanent address, please! Home address: a permanent address, please! Double-check your address Double-check your AND alternative AND alternative address Departmental Coordinator Signature Departmental Coordinator Signature Form not accepted without this signatureForm not accepted without this signature Return to Int’l Office by 30 th April. Return to Int’l Office by 30 th April.

14 Remember... Grant application form not received on time: NO GRANT!!! DEADLINE: 30 TH APRIL (or 28 th November if you are going on Erasmus in Sem. 2)

15 Application to Host University Check their deadline and adhere to it. Check their deadline and adhere to it. Your academic coordinator will advise. Or check the website. Your academic coordinator will advise. Or check the website. Our Erasmus Code: IRLGALWAY01 Our Erasmus Code: IRLGALWAY01 Accommodation: Will you require university housing/room in a student residence? If so, get your application in before the deadline! Accommodation: Will you require university housing/room in a student residence? If so, get your application in before the deadline!

16 BA students If you are required to provide transcripts with your application: If you are required to provide transcripts with your application: Obtain a statement of your Semester 1 results from each department/discipline on official headed notepaper, and include your official First Year transcript.

17 Other things you should do in plenty of time... Make sure you are clear about ECTS requirements – ask your academic coordinator if unsure. Make sure you are clear about ECTS requirements – ask your academic coordinator if unsure. Research your host university and the town where you’ll be living. Research your host university and the town where you’ll be living. - University websites - Reports from our former students - Erasmus students here - & - &

18 More things you should be doing in advance... Sort out your EHIC and investigate insurance options. Sort out your EHIC and investigate insurance options. Make sure your passport will be valid for the duration of your study visit! Make sure your passport will be valid for the duration of your study visit! Set up online banking (credit card also useful). Set up online banking (credit card also useful). Think of getting an ISIC. Think of getting an ISIC.

19 Remember... Grant application form not received on time: NO GRANT!!! DEADLINE: 30 TH APRIL

20 Insurance You must hold an EHIC (see You must hold an EHIC (see You will also need private insurance. You will also need private insurance. May be TRAVEL or HEALTH INSURANCE. May be TRAVEL or HEALTH INSURANCE. Existing policy (e.g. Inclusion on parents’ health policy) MAY suffice. Existing policy (e.g. Inclusion on parents’ health policy) MAY suffice. You MUST ensure you are covered for You MUST ensure you are covered for (i) personal accident, (ii) medical treatment and (iii) repatriation. If you intend travelling outside the EU on completion of your Erasmus studies, check whether your policy is EU-specific. If you intend travelling outside the EU on completion of your Erasmus studies, check whether your policy is EU-specific.

21 What we’ll send you before you go Letter of nomination from NUI Galway confirming your Erasmus student status Letter of nomination from NUI Galway confirming your Erasmus student status Two copies of the institution-student agreement Two copies of the institution-student agreement Learning Agreement Learning Agreement Erasmus Student Charter Erasmus Student Charter

22 Institution-Student Agreement Your Erasmus “contract” Your Erasmus “contract” Two copies – 1 for you, 1 for us Two copies – 1 for you, 1 for us Personal details Personal details Host uni. details Host uni. details Bank details Bank details SIGNATURE!!! SIGNATURE!!!

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24 The Learning Agreement A list of all courses and modules you will take A list of all courses and modules you will take Get sign-off by host university Get sign-off by host university Return it promptly to NUIG Return it promptly to NUIG Should be approved/signed by NUIG coordinator Should be approved/signed by NUIG coordinator Page 2 if there are subsequent changes Page 2 if there are subsequent changes

25 To whom should I send my Learning Agreement? In most cases, directly to your Academic Coordinator (see list of university links at back of brochure). In most cases, directly to your Academic Coordinator (see list of university links at back of brochure). ONLY IF you are B.A. non-language, send it to the International Office and we will ensure it reaches your two academic departments for review and approval. ONLY IF you are B.A. non-language, send it to the International Office and we will ensure it reaches your two academic departments for review and approval.

26 Essential for all B.A. students Ensure that your TWO sending departments/disciplines are aware of, and have approved, your choice of courses. Ensure that your TWO sending departments/disciplines are aware of, and have approved, your choice of courses. Ensure you take sufficient credits. Ensure you take sufficient credits. Get approval in writing (i.e. Learning Agreement, plus from 2 nd department). Get approval in writing (i.e. Learning Agreement, plus from 2 nd department).

27 Other paperwork Grant acknowledgement form – for each instalment – AMOUNT and SIGNATURE, please! Grant acknowledgement form – for each instalment – AMOUNT and SIGNATURE, please! Student Final Report – at end Student Final Report – at end Certificate of Attendance – have this signed and stamped before you come home. Certificate of Attendance – have this signed and stamped before you come home. Grant instalments will be withheld if paperwork missing!!! Grant instalments will be withheld if paperwork missing!!!

28 Your Registration status at NUI Galway You must be registered at NUI Galway for the academic year 2014/15. You must be registered at NUI Galway for the academic year 2014/15. You will register online – be sure to do this before starting your studies abroad! You will register online – be sure to do this before starting your studies abroad! Go to and follow instructions, making sure that the relevant fee is paid to NUI Galway. Go to and follow instructions, making sure that the relevant fee is paid to NUI Galway.

29 The Erasmus Grant Amounts vary according to host country: 2 “bands” of countries. Amounts vary according to host country: 2 “bands” of countries. Main instalment at beginning, FY usually receive further instalment in January, with top-up at end. Single- semester students usually get 2 instalments. Main instalment at beginning, FY usually receive further instalment in January, with top-up at end. Single- semester students usually get 2 instalments.

30 2014/15 Grant Amounts but grant is not guaranteed for every student – we will know more in June €250 per month for Denmark, France, Italy, Austria, Finland, Sweden, UK €250 per month for Denmark, France, Italy, Austria, Finland, Sweden, UK €200 per month for Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, Netherlands, Turkey, Hungary, Malta €200 per month for Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, Netherlands, Turkey, Hungary, Malta

31 Local Authority Grants Higher education grant maintenance cheques Will be unable to collect grant in personWill be unable to collect grant in person Download the Unable to Collect Cheque Form from the Fees Office website: fellowships-finanical-supports/cannot-collect-what-do-i-do/ and return it to Fees Office.Download the Unable to Collect Cheque Form from the Fees Office website: fellowships-finanical-supports/cannot-collect-what-do-i-do/ and return it to Fees Office. This authorises the Fees Office to forward your grant cheque to your bank account.This authorises the Fees Office to forward your grant cheque to your bank account. IMPORTANT TO REGISTER AT NUI GALWAYIMPORTANT TO REGISTER AT NUI GALWAY

32 If you are in receipt of an Erasmus Grant, you may have to forfeit it if you fail to complete agreed study programme; you fail to complete agreed study programme; you fail to complete a minimum of three months abroad. you fail to complete a minimum of three months abroad. If you return home without completing agreed study period (but have completed 3 months), you can be asked to return a proportion of grant.If you return home without completing agreed study period (but have completed 3 months), you can be asked to return a proportion of grant. Returning home without completing “International” year also has implications for your subsequent studies, your final degree and your fees at NUI Galway.Returning home without completing “International” year also has implications for your subsequent studies, your final degree and your fees at NUI Galway.

33 What is meant by “3 months”? 1 st September to 30 th November or 5 th February to 4 th May In other words: Day x of month n until day (x-1) of month (n+3)

34 EILC Erasmus Intensive Language Courses Erasmus Intensive Language Courses Less widely-used languages – e.g. Dutch, Swedish, Finnish, Flemish, Maltese (and also Italian!) Less widely-used languages – e.g. Dutch, Swedish, Finnish, Flemish, Maltese (and also Italian!) Short course before academic year Short course before academic year No tuition fee No tuition fee Small additional grant (€300) Small additional grant (€300) Will be advertised in May Will be advertised in May

35 Disability grant If you have a severe disability or exceptional special needs, you might be eligible for a grant to assist with the associated additional costs involved in completing an Erasmus study period. If you have a severe disability or exceptional special needs, you might be eligible for a grant to assist with the associated additional costs involved in completing an Erasmus study period. International Office will advise in June/July. International Office will advise in June/July.

36 Students with disabilities... Students who are registered with the Disability Service should inform the Disability Officer that they are going to study abroad. Students who are registered with the Disability Service should inform the Disability Officer that they are going to study abroad.

37 Accommodation Standards may vary! Standards may vary! Research areas/prices in advance. Research areas/prices in advance. Bring enough money to pay a deposit if renting in private sector. Bring enough money to pay a deposit if renting in private sector. Good idea to record and report any existing damage or anything missing at the time of moving in. Good idea to record and report any existing damage or anything missing at the time of moving in. Our advice: Do not enter into any subletting arrangements! Our advice: Do not enter into any subletting arrangements! BEWARE OF SCAMS!!! BEWARE OF SCAMS!!!

38 Remember: Erasmus Academic Coordinator at host university Erasmus Academic Coordinator at host university Be sure you have name and contact details! Be sure you have name and contact details! Keep a copy of your Learning Agreement. Keep a copy of your Learning Agreement. Keep a copy of your Cert of Attendance. Keep a copy of your Cert of Attendance. Find out what happens at the host university re. Exam Results – your responsibility! Find out what happens at the host university re. Exam Results – your account – our means of communication with you while account – our means of communication with you while abroad Check regularly & ensure inbox not full!Check regularly & ensure inbox not full!

39 Language Courses You may have to pay a fee for language courses you are required to attend, especially in Spain. You may have to pay a fee for language courses you are required to attend, especially in Spain. Keep all receipts and evidence of attendance! You may be able to claim some assistance with the cost later in the year – Int’l Office will advise. Keep all receipts and evidence of attendance! You may be able to claim some assistance with the cost later in the year – Int’l Office will advise.

40 More points to remember Assimilate with native and other international students e.g. when arranging accommodation. Assimilate with native and other international students e.g. when arranging accommodation. Language students: this is your best opportunity to practise the language – use it! Language students: this is your best opportunity to practise the language – use it! Be brave, go for it – this is a life-changing experience. Be brave, go for it – this is a life-changing experience. Be open-minded! Be open-minded! Travel, experience the culture. Travel, experience the culture. Cultural differences... Cultural differences... …

41 Important note about personal safety When you arrive in the host country with a large amount of luggage, be extremely vigilant at railway or bus stations!!! When you arrive in the host country with a large amount of luggage, be extremely vigilant at railway or bus stations!!! Exercise caution generally when out and about, especially at night. Look out for each other! Exercise caution generally when out and about, especially at night. Look out for each other! Don’t look conspicuous or carry valuables or large amounts of cash Don’t look conspicuous or carry valuables or large amounts of cash Alcohol... Alcohol...

42 Safety & Welfare Good idea to note local emergency numbers just in case... Good idea to note local emergency numbers just in case... Register with a doctor in the host town or city. Register with a doctor in the host town or city. If you have a medical condition, take translated copies of any documentation and ensure you will be able to get your medication. If you have a medical condition, take translated copies of any documentation and ensure you will be able to get your medication.

43 Remember also … You are an ambassador for your country & university. You are an ambassador for your country & university. Homesickness: Homesickness: You are not alone! It’s very common & should pass.You are not alone! It’s very common & should pass. Feel free to contact us if you have problems adjusting.Feel free to contact us if you have problems adjusting. Students most homesick initially often do not want to return home at the end of their studies abroad!Students most homesick initially often do not want to return home at the end of their studies abroad! If problems arise, do not hesitate to contact either: If problems arise, do not hesitate to contact either: International Affairs Office (erasmus- orInternational Affairs Office (erasmus- or NUI Galway Dept. Coordinator orNUI Galway Dept. Coordinator or HomeHome **Contact your family on a regular basis!**

44 Remember... Grant application form not received on time: NO GRANT!!! DEADLINE: 30 TH APRIL

45 GOLDEN RULES – DO NOT FORGET!!! DO NOT MISS THE DEADLINE OF 30 TH APRIL. DO NOT MISS THE DEADLINE OF 30 TH APRIL. DEAL WITH PAPERWORK PROMPTLY. DEAL WITH PAPERWORK PROMPTLY. NEVER LEAVE A BLANK ON A FORM. NEVER LEAVE A BLANK ON A FORM. MAKE SURE TO REGISTER AT NUI GALWAY BEFORE YOU GO. MAKE SURE TO REGISTER AT NUI GALWAY BEFORE YOU GO. KEEP COPIES OF ALL IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS. KEEP COPIES OF ALL IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS.

46 ENJOY YOUR ERASMUS EXPERIENCE! ENJOY YOUR ERASMUS EXPERIENCE!


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