Students can study abroad (the study exchange program) or work abroad (the practical placements' program) through the Erasmus+ program. Information about Erasmus+ practical placements can be found on the general faculty website here.
Erasmus+ Study abroad in 2017/2018: general information
The information about the selection procedure for students' exchanges within the Erasmus+ can be found in the faculty notice for the given academic year, which should be released in the first half of February, all the up-to-date information is here.
1. Erasmus exchanges are offered through our agreements with specific partner institutions in specific subject areas and at specific levels of study (Bachelor, Master, etc.). Students from any of our study programmes may apply for any of these exchanges, but only in the subject area listed, i.e. if you pick a university where we have an exchange in Sociology or Journalism, you cannot use that agreement to go and study Economics (or vice versa). You can only apply to study the subject area specified. If you are a Bachelor student, you can apply only for agreements for Bachelor students, or those which are headed "All". As Masters students, you can apply only for agreements that specifically say they are for Masters students, or those which are headed "All".
2. Because of the very large number of applicants we anticipate for this programme, the first round of selection has been divided up between our institutes and the International Office. Each agreement has been assigned to a specific institute, or to the International Office. You can identify where the first round is being held by the code letters in the table (IES = Economics, IKSZ = Media Studies, IMS = International Studies, IPS = Political Science, ISS = Sociology, OZS = International Office). APPLICATIONS MUST BE MADE TO THE RELEVANT LOCATION. We will not have time to sort out and transfer wrongly addressed applications between institutes before interviews begin.
3. Students are allowed to make a maximum of 3 applications. Each application must include: a correctly completed application form (see below), your CV, a print-out of your grades from SIS, and a project (no more than 1-2 pages) explaining why you want to study at this particular university. This project should be written in the language of study at the university you have chosen (French, German etc.), unless the university offers classes in English (check the university's website), in which case you can write in English. Applications must be delivered in a hard copy format to the relevant institute by the given deadline. If you are applying to more than one institute, you must make sure you provide all necessary documents to all institutes.
4. ONLINE APPLICATION FORM. As part of your application, you will be required to fill in an online application from (one for each university to which you are applying). To access the form, first login to the Charles University Webapps page: https://is.cuni.cz/webapps (use the same login as for SIS). Then choose Erasmus. Students may submit no more than three application forms within one selection round. A separate project has to accompany each application form. Any other submitted material may be provided in one example only, provided all the study stays fall under the competence of one instittute. In the event that a student submits his or her application forms to more institutes, she is obliged to submit a complete set of materials separately for each institute. Save the form and print it out. The print-out will be marked in bold letters SPECIMEN (or VZOR in Czech). This is OK.
5. ELIGIBILITY. Up until recently, access to the Erasmus programme was restricted to EU citizens and to citizens of certain other participating countries (Norway, Switzerland, Turkey etc.) This has now changed, and Erasmus is available to ALL degree-seeking students of Charles University regardless of citizenship. Since the academic year 2016/2017 first-year students may apply, too (see the special conditions in the Guideline 1/2017).
6. TRANSFER OF CREDIT. The Erasmus programme also includes a requirement that any classes you take while you are abroad must be recognised as part of your studies in Prague. Since the transfer of credit from abroad is subject to the approval of your individual programme supervisor, it may also be a good idea to discuss your plans with them before you make your application.
7. DEADLINES. All applications must be received at the relevant institute, together with all relevant documents, by the end of February (the exact time and date will be specified in the notice). This will be followed by interviews with individual applicants (dates to be confirmed), during the following two weeks. The second round (which decides on the allocation of scholarships) will be held from the middle of March onwards, based on the documents received from the first round. Students do not have to attend, i.e. there is no second round of interviews. If you are selected for an exchange, your status in the online application will be updated to 'NOMINOVAN', meaning SELECTED.
8. WHEN TO APPLY. There will be no further selection rounds later on in the year, so this is your one and only chance. If you are interested in travelling abroad through Erasmus in 2017/2018, we recommend you apply now, even if you do not plan to travel abroad till Spring 2018.
This, I think, covers the main points of what you need to know. If you have any questions, send an e-mail to Jan Prochazka: email@example.com or come and talk to Jan Prochazka from the International Office (Hollar building) during business hours.
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ERASMUS+ SELECTION PROCEDURE AT THE IES: 2017/2018
All the information about selection procedure at the IES is summarized in the Guideline 1/2017.
The current University Ranking for study exchanges in 2017/2018 can be found here.
The verbal interviews at the IES will take place on March 9, 2017 (in case of severe reasons, you can be interviewed also on March 15, 2017).
In 2016, we received funding for 53 five-month stays. For the upcoming year, we expect to receive around 50 five-month stays. Students within the quota have full funding guaranteed. On top of that, we received funding for approximately 10 five-month stays for substitutes. Substitutes will get their funding if students within quota cancel their applications or if the FSV gets additional money for Erasmus program. Substitutes can however leave for their study abroad stay only for summer term. In the academic year 2016/2017, all interested students received the funding at the end (some as substitutes).
When making your decision at which universities you apply, take into account your probability of getting funding based on the quality ranking of Universities.
Also, if your GPA is rather worse, you should strategically choose as the 3rd preference university with average or lower quality ranking which however still has a good chance to get financed. Otherwise, it may happen to you than none of your three applications will be successful – since students with better qualitative indicator (reflecting GPA) will take all the slots at the universities which you applied for.
As the matching system is rather complicated and successful matching of students depends on choices of other students, we elaborated an indicative matching simulation file that should help students to find out which alternatives are accessible for them. The more students participate, the more accurate results students can get. It is a google sheet which can be accessed when a student is logged to his faculty gmail account. The link is here. Please, read the instructions carefully.
You can opt for self-financing. This means that if you get nomination by the IES, but you ended up among substitutes, you can travel abroad. You will not have to pay for tuition at the university but you will have to pay all your life-costs. Important: if you choose to use the zero-grant option in the selection process, FSV will not include you into the group of substitutes and you will NOT get money from the FSV. But you can then try to apply for other funds.
You should definitely hand in three applications to increase probability of success.
Nobody will get funding for more than one term (5 months), there is the only exception for universities which accept students only for the whole academic year.
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Contact person for IES: PhDr. Lenka Šťastná Ph.D., email: stastna [AT] fsv [DOT] cuni [DOT] cz