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ERASMUS  |  How it Works

How it Works

You must be a registered Havering College student in at least the 2nd year of higher education course, eligible to participate in Erasmus. You must be a national of a country participating in the LLP/Erasmus. Please see below for a list of participating countries.

• Who can participate in ERASMUS?
• Where can you go?
• Why should you go?
• How long can you go for?
• Financial support
• Language preparation
• Arrangements
• Havering College Academic Credit system
• Recognition of Credits achieved on Study Abroad
• Language preparation

• Who can participate in ERASMUS? 
You must be a registered Havering College student in at least the 2nd year of higher education course, eligible to participate in Erasmus. 

You must be a national of a country participating in the LLP/Erasmus. Please see below for a list of participating countries.

• Where can you go?
There are 33 countries and over 4,000 institutions participating in Erasmus.

Participating countries are: Austria, Bulgaria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Ireland, Lithuania, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Netherlands, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Turkey, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Slovenia and Slovakia.

You can carry out a study period to any European partner institution with whom the college has set a partnership agreement in your academic field.

For details on specific programmes, eligible to participate in Erasmus, please emai Nadia Bonnichi , EU & International Project Officer.

• Why should you go?

• Students take part in ERASMUS for various reasons and here are some of them:
• The main benefit is better employment prospects!
• It is not a gap year/period and it counts towards your qualification!
• Return more motivated, independent and confident
• Get a grant
• Learn a range of life-skills
• Access a wider range of subject areas than in the UK
• Improve your language skills or learn a new language all together
• Gain an international perspective and a new network of friends
• Discover a different culture and travel
• It’s really good fun!

  “My Erasmus experience has been the single most important educational experience of my life to date. It has inspired me to explore new avenues of business, culture and learning that I continue to explore on a daily basis.”
Daniel Emmerson
  “The Erasmus experience is not something that can be learnt from a textbook, but only from experience, it teaches you things in one year that many will take a lifetime to discover.
Erasmus truly is the most amazing year of your life...”
Lucy Williams
   “There is no doubt that my Erasmus year was an opportunity of a lifetime, and it’s an experience that will stay
special to me forever. I think I have become a lot more open to different cultures and more motivated towards my final year at University.”
Amy Ashken
  “The transferable skills and competencies that students gain through the Erasmus programme can bring graduates the added value that employers are looking for. Plus it also happened to be the most fun year I had at University!”
Elisa Chami-Castaldi


See what others have to say about their Erasmus experience

• How long can you go for?
Students can go to study for a minimum of 3 for a maximum of 12 months. Only periods of study which are part of the student’s curriculum are eligible.

Study results are recognised via a Transcript of Records, which records the studied modules and the academic results.

• Financial support
Students are awarded an ERASMUS grant which is a contribution towards the costs incurred in connection with their study period abroad. The amount of the grant depends on the duration of the mobility period, the destination country and the personal circumstances of the student.

ERASMUS students are exempted from paying fees for tuition, registration, examinations and access to laboratory and library facilities at the host institution. However, small fees may be charged for costs such as insurance, student union etc. on the same basis as these are charged to local students.

All payments of any national grant or student loan to outgoing students are maintained during the ERASMUS study period abroad.

For support and advice on available options for financial support whilst studying please see Fees and Finance or check  The National Association of Student Money Advisers website.

• Language Preparation
In some institutions, the language of instruction may not be necessarily English. In these cases and if offered, Language Course can be taken in the host institution, before the study period. Courses may be free in some institutions or apply a fee in others.

• Arrangements
The college has a duty of care to its students and therefore there are a number of arrangements made before and during the study period to ensure that students are well prepared and taken care for.

Prior:
• A “Grant agreement” covering the mobility period and signed by the student and Havering College
• A "Learning Agreement" setting out the programme of studies to be followed, as approved by the student, the home and the host institution
• The ERASMUS Student Charter setting out the student’s rights and obligations in respect to his/her period of study abroad
• Havering College Erasmus policy statement
• Pre-departure preparation – cultural, social, health & safety, insurance etc.

During:
• Regular contact with student
• Monitoring and remote support
• Support from host institution

After:
• Transcript of records – record of student’s academic performance
• Evaluation of the study period

• Havering College Academic Credit system

Higher Education courses in Havering College of Further and Higher Education are in line with the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ) in England which is monitored by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for Higher Education. The FHEQ is designed to meet the expectations of the Bologna Declaration and thus aligns with the Framework for Qualifications of the European Higher Education Area. In this specific context the College offers courses in the short cycle (Higher National Diplomas, Foundation Degrees) and the first cycle (Bachelor of Honours Degrees) which are at undergraduate level.

Havering College is committed to meeting the standards of the UK QAA Quality Code with regard to academic standards, academic quality and quality assurance. The credit system used by HC is aligned to the national Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) which equates 1 credit with 10 hrs of notional learning time. Full-time courses will normally carry 120 CATS per academic year which equal 60 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System).

• Recognition of Credits achieved on Study Abroad

For the purpose of study abroad students are required to accumulate a pro rata number of credits for the equivalent period of study abroad. Students are required to study on full-time basis and gain the full amount of credits listed below:

1 term period abroad = 20 ECTS
2 terms period abroad = 40 ECTS
3 terms period abroad = 60 ECTS

Credits will be validated and transferred on the basis of an authenticated Transcript of Records from the partner institution, identifying the modules and number of credits achieved subject following successful assessment. The credits will be entered on the formal student record and will constitute a recognised part of the student's final qualification/award.

Awarding body regulations which govern the award of credits and qualifications/awards will be applied to credits accumulated for study within the ‘home’ institution and for study abroad.

The modules will be recorded in a pre-devised Learning Agreement. Credits will be validated and transferred on the basis of authenticated Transcript of Records from the partner institution, identifying the modules and number of credits achieved subject to successful assessment. The credits will be entered on the formal student record and will constitute a recognised part of the student's final qualification award. Detailed regulations which govern the award of credit and qualifications are subject to the specific Awarding body's requirements.

• Language Preparation

As part of their preparation, student participating in the programme and undertaking mobility to a country where English is not the primary spoken language, the College can provide support through:

Option 1: Sourcing Erasmus Intensive Language Courses (EILC) on your behalf. The EILC are intensive language courses, usually between 4 to 6 weeks, in the less widely used or taught European languages and delivered by approved institutions in the country of origin. Funding can be obtained through the Erasmus programme for attending an EILC.

Option 2: Source / organise in a short language course delivered either in the College or by an external provider. The College Erasmus coordinator will be responsible for organising/sourcing appropriate language course to suit the specific needs. Individual cases will be assessed separately. For more information, please contact the College Erasmus Coordinator, Nadia Bonnichi at 
nbonnichi@havering-college.ac.uk or at 01708 455 011.

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