Yes it can! Have you heard of Erasmus+? Through this programme, the EU offers student exchanges in European universities at bachelor, master and doctoral levels – the exchanges will be part of the programme you are following and can last between one term and one year. As an Erasmus student, you won’t pay any tuition fees and you will receive an Erasmus+ grant to cover your travel and subsistence costs! You can also apply for an Erasmus+ scholarship to study for a Master’s degree at top European universities.
More than 800 university students and staff from Georgia were able to study or teach in Europe as part of Erasmus+ exchanges in 2017, while 26 Georgian students earned Master’s scholarships – it’s definitely worth a try!
For exchanges, visit the international relations office at your university – they will tell you which opportunities are available in your subject and will help you to apply. For a Master’s degree, you need to check out the catalogue of Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees, which lists the courses offering Erasmus scholarships in the upcoming academic year (there were 100 courses in 2017), then contact the university to apply for the course and scholarship.
It depends on where you will be studying and in which language the course is taught. Some exchanges offer courses in English, while others will be taught in the local language. Remember that taking part in an Erasmus exchange means you need to follow lectures, write essays, and take exams in the language of instruction. If you do not have a relevant language qualification, you will be asked to take a language test to assess your level.
For the Master’s scholarships, Erasmus+ will cover all your study costs (including tuition fees, library and laboratory costs, and full insurance coverage). It will also contribute to your travel and installation costs and includes a monthly allowance for the entire duration of the study programme.
Many international studies have shown the benefit of studying abroad under Erasmus+ – Erasmus graduates have more chance of finding a job, tend to be given greater professional responsibility and are more likely to start their own company.
But talk to any graduate and what they remember most are the personal skills they have developed – the knowledge of other countries, the ability to interact with people from different cultures, greater communication skills, adaptability, above all the friends they have made and the new perspective on life that they have gained.
The best endorsement comes from those have taken part – meet Beka, Tinatin, and Nana to find out what Erasmus meant for them… and also precious tips on how to apply and make the most of the experience.
Yes, a study period abroad can include a traineeship period as well. Erasmus+ supports such traineeships if you are already enrolled in a higher education institution in the Erasmus Programme countries. But your traineeship must be relevant to your degree and, wherever possible, be integrated in your study programme, so check the opportunities with your university. Work placements can last between two and twelve months, and Erasmus+ grants are available to cover your costs.
Yes! Erasmus+ is not just for students. Over the past two years, hundreds of young people and youth workers from Georgia have participated in joint Erasmus+ Youth projects (exchanges, trainings, policy debate, volunteering).
The EU offers youth exchanges, open to anyone between the ages of 13 and 30, and lasting between 5 and 21 days. These could involve workshops, exercises, debates, role-plays, outdoor activities and more. These exchanges take place through youth organisations and you cannot apply directly as an individual. To find out more, contact the Erasmus+ Youth Info Centre in Georgia, by visiting their Facebook page or calling on +995 592 05 96.
If you are aged between 18 and 30, another great opportunity to gain experience abroad is by joining the European Solidarity Corps. This is a unique way to experience different cultures and make new friends, while also helping others and learning new skills. Examples of what you could be asked to do include providing support to newly arrived asylum seekers, clearing vegetation from forests to help prevent wildfires or working with disabled people in a community centre. Find out how to apply on the European Solidarity Corps portal