Student exchange programs

Taking part in an international exchange while studying is one of the best things that can be done!

Studies are considered to be the best time in our life, not because we are living our life on our own, it is because we are given a great opportunity to take part in various student exchange programs.

We are given a chance to get to know the world, new people and new cultures, which makes us more open and happy.

Each university offers different exchange programs that you can apply for, below you can find some examples of such programs.

ERASMUS+

The most popular is certainly the Erasmus+ program that gives us the possibility to go for a semester or a year to another country.

Both European Union countries and non-European countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Serbia, Turkey, Great Britain) participate in this program. For this trip, you receive a grant, i.e. money that helps you stay in a given country. The grant value depends on the country and is presented in the table below.

The monthly rate of the scholarship in 2020

520 EURO

Group 1

Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden, Great Britain

500 EURO

Group 2

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

450 EURO

Group 3

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

For partner countries

Erasmus+ (KA 107)

All other countries in the world are the so-called partner countries eligible for Erasmus+ (KA 107). As in the case of Erasmus+ KA107 program enables the exchange of students and staff between universities from outside Europe.

The countries and universities to which you can go depends on bilateral agreements and the amount and scope of the funding received by the decision of the National Agency. Useful Link

Recruitment

The conditions for taking part in the recruitment for student exchange may vary depending on the university, so take your time to read carefully about the requirements at your university.. Recruitment usually takes place between December and March.

For example at some Universities you need to have the GPA greater than 4.0 and the recruitment is carried out online in the system and it consists of filling in the form with the preferences of the country, city, and university (important - each university has a different list with partner universities and the number of places for a given university).

Depending on the number of available places, people from the top of the list, i.e. people with the highest average, are admitted to a given university.

After qualifying the so-called Learning Agreement for Studies is completed. It is drawn up to reliably and transparently prepare the mobility, and to guarantee the student of the subjects/modules/courses recognition entered in the LA and successfully included in his academic achievements at the sending (home) institution.

OTHER EXCHANGE OPPORTUNITIES

Many universities have bilateral agreements, which means that they offer the possibility of student exchange to the USA, Japan, or Korea, where you do not bear the costs of studying in this country, however, these are exchanges without a scholarship.

Students participating in the exchange are exempt from tuition fees at the Partner University, but cover all costs related to travel to this country, i.e. transport, accommodation, meals, visa, insurance, etc. studying at the home university.

MOST PROGRAM

MOST is a polish student and doctoral student mobility program. Since 1999, it has been enjoying unflagging interest, making it possible to study for a semester or the entire academic year at one of twenty Polish universities. Participation in the Program is free and independent of the mode of study.

MOST enables:

  • implementation of the study program at a university other than the home university;
  • selection of additional classes related to the student's interest;
  • establishing contact with specialists in a given field working at a university other than the home university;
  • using the book collection of another university, performing library inquiries outside the home center;
  • researching a seminar, masters or doctoral dissertation in an environment related to the subject of analysis;
  • establishing contacts with the scientific community of another faculty, institute, chair;
  • demonstrate, also to the future employer, the ability to adapt to new conditions, mobility.

TRANSEKONOMIK

"Transekonomik" is a semester student exchange program between four universities of economics in Poland:

  • The University of Economics in Katowice
  • Cracow University of Economics
  • The University of Economics in Poznań
  • Main Business School in Warsaw

During the exchange, students spend one semester of studies at the Partner University. The program is implemented based on an individual study path. The condition for completing the semester is obtaining a minimum of 30 ECTS points, it is obligatory to complete subjects compliant with the education standards at the home university.

The program is open to both full-time and part-time students. First-cycle students can participate in the recruitment after completing the second semester of studies, but they can’t participate during the last semester. Second-cycle students can participate not earlier than after completing the first semester of studies.

Due to the limits, only 5 people may go to each Partner University for each semester of study. Recruitment takes place twice a year in December - for the summer semester and May - for the winter semester. When it comes to the fees - only part-time students pay the fees at their home university and the host university does not charge any fees for the use of laboratories and libraries.

The host university provides students with the possibility of using accommodation in a dormitory. Accommodation and living costs are covered by the student. Also students participating in the exchange do not lose the right to receive the granted scholarships or to apply for them at their home university.

CEEPUS Program - Central European University Exchange Program

The main objective of the CEEPUS Agreement ("Central European Exchange Program for University Studies") is to support academic exchange in the field of education and professional development of students and academic teachers.

It enables the intensification of contacts between universities of the countries which are parties to the Agreement by financing academic mobility.

Currently, the signatories of the Agreement are Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Montenegro, the Czech Republic, Macedonia, Moldova, Romania, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia, Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo - University of Pristina.

The CEEPUS program offers:

  • short-term scholarships as part of research internships within the Academic Networks;
  • short-term scholarships as part of the Free mover research internships;
  • short-term scholarships for summer schools and intensive courses.
  • Applications for foreign scholarships under CEEPUS may be students, Ph.D. students and research workers.

The CEEPUS program is the second most important multilateral cooperation program in the field of higher education for the Ministry of Science and Higher Education.