Erasmus studies

Erasmus+ programme is a great opportunity to spend a semester or a year of study in another European country, and have the study results counted towards your degree. You get to experience another culture and a new way of looking at your subject. You can make new friends and grow as a person. The selection of process is happening during the begining of each semester - in September to apply for Spring semester and in February to apply for Autumn semester or full year studies.  

 

Students interested in applying for this program need to:

  1. Select two partner universities where they would like to go. You can find the list of partner universities here. Take a look to these where the faculty is "Ekonomikos fakultetas". 
  2. Write a motivation letter (up to 500 words). You have to write motivation letter within an electronic registration form.
  3. Fill in electronic registration form here

 

Check frequently asked questions (FAQ) here or... 

 

Ask your faculty Erasmus coordinator or Erasmus mobility coordinator Edita Norvilaite, , phone: 2687250, International relations office, address: Universiteto street 3, room 242.

More information on Erasmus studies

Who can participate in ERASMUS+ program?

You can participate in ERASMUS+ program if:

  • You are full-time student of any study cycle (bachelor, master or doctoral) at VU;
  • You wish to go for a period of study to Higher education institution abroad for 3-12 months;
  • Before anticipated period of study abroad you have completed 2nd year of the first study cycle (bachelor) or 1st semester of the second study cycle (master);
  • You have not reached the 12-month Erasmus mobility limit for studies or internship in your current study cycle.

How to choose the host university?

Studies abroad are organized in the accordance with bilateral partnership agreement between ERASMUS+ partner universities.

When you choose the host university for your period of study, the following should be taken into consideration:

 

IT IS IMPORTANT!

When choosing the university, please make sure whether your foreign language skills are in compliance with the requirements of the host university. The applicant whose foreign language skills fail to comply with the set requirements shall not get the place in the chosen university.

 

ERASMUS+ programme competition

ERASMUS+ programme competition is held two times a year:

  • In February – for the Autumn semester and full-year studies of the upcoming Academic year;
  • In September – for the Spring semester.

Students who wish to participate in the selection process should choose two universities abroad (first and second priority) where they wish to go and which complies with students’ study programme criteria. After universes are selected students must complete electronic registration form. The results will be published in 3 weeks after the application deadline in the same website of application. 

Main selection criteria

The priority must be given to students, who:

  • Provided clear and reasoned motivation ;
  • Have good language skills required at the host university.
  • It is recommended that candidate's grade average of two last study semesters is "8" or higher. Student cannot participate in Erasmus programme having academic or financial debts. 

IT IS IMPORTANT!

The selection, i.e. the decision who will be able to use the funding for going to a specific university will be made, based on the applications to individual higher schools (universities). The formula for applicant's competitive score shall be as follows:

KB = 0.5*SV + 0.2*ME + 0.2*KP+ 0.1*SA

SV is an average grade of the last two exam sessions (for Bachelor's students); an average grade of the Bachelor's diploma supplement (for the 1st semester Master's students); or an average grade of the 1st exam session (for the 2nd semester Master's students); an average grade of all the passed doctoral exams or an average grade of the Master's diploma supplement (for doctoral students). The average grade of applicant is recommended to be no lower that 7(fair) (a mandatory requirement for Master's students is to attach a document witnessing an average grade in the Bachelor's or other studies).

ME is the grade for the motivational essay (1-10 points),

The motivational essay should:

  • clearly and convincingly demonstrate what the applicant expects and seeks to achieve during the studies abroad, what he is going to get there that he cannot get at VU, why he wants to study in that/those specific universities he is choosing (i.e. how he is going to benefit from THOSE specific studies),
  • to disclose the applicant's characteristics (skills, experience, knowledge, etc.) that are not directly reflected in the average grade and which will contribute to the impression of his preparedness to study abroad.

KP is the grade for competitive conversation. The exact time of the competitive conversation can be found on the Faculty website. Its intention is to enable applicant to provide specific reasons for pursuing his personal career in relationship with the intended visit. ERASMUS+ COMPETITIVE CONVERSATION TIMETABLE

SA is the indicator of student's activity, based on volunteering, participating in the activities of care of foreign students (mentorship), active participation in VU Student Union or other volunteer activities (a mandatory requirement is to attach a justifying document).

 In accordance with the Erasmus+ rules, the same student in the same cycle of studies can go for mobility activities for a period no longer than 12 months (in the same cycle, he can go several times either for studies and /or for traineeship); i.e., if the student in the present cycle of studies has already been to the studies and /or traineeship under the old Erasmus programme, the mobility period shall be included in the Erasmus+ period of 12 months. The priority in the competition of the Erasmus selection for studies shall be given to those who apply for the exchange programme for the first time.

 Either Bachelor's or Master's students may not apply for going abroad during the final semester of their studies, as it has a negative impact on the study completion process.

During the selection, applicant is not given an opportunity to supplement or specify the data provided in the registration form or the motivational essay.

The list of winners, together with the selection table of applicants, shall be made public. Each student will be able to see why he won or lost the competition. The table of the winners shall indicate who won the grants for the studies in specific universities.

Provided the host university is able to accept more students than the number of the funded places, students can go there with a zero grant (the students who did not get the funding, but indicated in their applications they were willing to go with a zero grant).

Applicant who refuses the approved opportunity to go to a university abroad must submit a free-form application and a document justifying the reason of refusal, otherwise he shall lose an opportunity to take part in the Erasmus + selection in another semester. 

In case a winner of a funded place refuses to go for one or another reason, the funded place is offered to the student on the reserve list (however, not obligatorily to the university to which he was selected at the beginning), or to the applicant with the highest competition score who agreed to go to the university abroad with a zero grant.

 

Funding conditions

Students who have won ERASMUS+ selection competition are funded with ERASMUS+ scholarship. The amount of the scholarship varies among countries. In Academic year 2014/2015 the amount of the scholarship is from 300 to 500 EUR per month:

Country group

Countries

Scholarship EUR/month.

1

Denmark, Ireland , France, Italy, Austria, Finland, Sweden, Great Britain, Lichtenstein, Norway, Switzerland*

500

2

Belgium, Check Republic, Germany, Greece, Spain, Croatia, Cyprus, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Iceland, Turkey

400

3

Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Rumania, Slovakia, Macedonia

300

* Switzerland’s participation in the Erasmus+ programme for Academic year 2015-2016 is partial. Students who go for the study placement in Switzerland receive Switzerland's governmental scholarship  - 420 CHF (350 EUR). The remaining part of the scholarship is provided by Vilnius University.

ERASMUS+ scholarship is paid in two periods. The first transaction (80%) into student’s bank account is made one week before student leaves and only if student has prepared all the required documents. Second part of the scholarship is paid only after student presents the document which confirms the study period, and completes electronic report.

There is an opportunity to go for a period of study abroad with “zero scholarship”. In that case, you would not get ERASMUS+ scholarship, however you would be given all ERASMUS student rights. ”Zero scholarship” mobility expenses can be covered by private funding, own funds, parents, other family members, employers.