Erasmus+ student mobility is carried out in the framework of prior "inter-institutional agreements" between home and host universities, both of which must be holders of a valid Erasmus+ University Charter. This type of mobility enables students at higher education institutions to spend an integrated period of study of between 3 months and 12 months in another country participating in the program.
Students studying in the freshman year of undergraduate degrees are not allowed to benefit from this program. They must have completed at least one semester of their academic program at the time of application. Applications are received regularly for the following academic year and this means that a 1st year student accepted for Erasmus+ attends the university abroad (host university) in his/her second year in either Fall or Spring semester.
Participating in the Erasmus+ program does not mean the student is transferring to another university. Students can participate in the Erasmus+ program for a maximum of one academic year. Students must return to home institutiton (Istanbul Aydın University) at the end of the Erasmus+ period and complete their program at IAU.
Students who participate in the Erasmus+ Program continue to pay tuition fees at home institutiton (IAU), but are exempted from tuition at the host university where they spend their semester/year abroad. Furthermore, students continue to receive the scholarships, grants and loans as if they are in Turkey. Besides, they are eligible for the Erasmus+ student mobility grant provided by the European Commission through Turkish National Agency. However, it should be taken into consideration that all other expenses including travel expenses between Turkey and the host country, living expenses including accommodation etc. belong to the student. Students are also given the chance to participate in the Erasmus+ program without receiving any grant, that is, through their own financial means.
Application, selection, and announcement process
Students, who want to make use of Student Mobility, apply to Erasmus+ Office and declare that they want to benefit from the program. Students, who wants to apply for the program, examine the universities with Erasmus+ agreement of their own departments and make their applications to Erasmus+ Office in accordance with the quotas. Higher Education Institutions select their students in accordance with the selection criteria specified by the National Agency. These criteria are determined for each academic year and announced by the National Agency.
Students follow the announcements on the website and notice boards of the Erasmus+ Office and make their applications in the academic year previous to the academic year that they want to go. The deadline for each academic year is stated in the announcement section on the main page of the website. All the applications are evaluated in accordance with the specified criteria and the results are announced on the website and notice boards.
Students have the chance to receive financial support from the European Commission for the period that they stay abroad for the program. The amount of the monthly grant allocated for the students are determined each year by the National Agency and announced in the Erasmus+ Handbook Application Guide.
The financial support is not going to be reimbursed, it does not aim to cover all the expenses of the student; the purpose is to help the student for the additional expenses caused by the mobility. Erasmus+ students do not pay a separate tuition fee to their host university; however, they will cover all their living expenses themselves.
The increasing demand for Erasmus+ may cause deductions in the amount of the grant allocated by National Agency and the possibility for the institutions not to receive the amounts they demanded each year arises. In this case, the institution answers the additional grant call by National Agency. If the additional grant cannot be allocated, the selected students may benefit from the exchange opportunity without receiving a grant.
Erasmus+ mobility selection process is completed before the grant results are announced by National Agency in order to correspond to the deadlines of the partner universities. However, the students are regarded as candidate students until the grant amounts are announced by National Agency. Principal candidacy can be announced after the grant results are declared.
Being selected for Erasmus+ program does not mean that the grant is deserved. If the grant is inadequate, the Erasmus+ success grades of the students will be effective while distributing the grant.
After being selected
- The names and e-mail addresses of the selected students are sent to the partner university by Erasmus+ Office and it is requested to direct the students about application. Students complete their paperwork by following these directions and the instructions on the website of the partner university and submit them to the Erasmus+ Office as soon as possible.
- Erasmus+ Office sends the application papers to the partner university. Partner university sends the letter of acceptance needed for visa.
- Students carry out visa procedures by getting in touch with the embassy/ consulate of the related country.
- Erasmus+ students should select the courses they will take in the partner university together with Erasmus+ Departmental Coordinators. The courses that will be taken and their equivalents at IAU are approved by the Erasmus+ Departmental Coordinators and Head of Department. Students should write the courses they will take and their equivalent at IAU to the Erasmus+ Equivalence Table, have it signed by the Departmental Coordinator and Head of Department, and submit to Erasmus+ Office. The courses that will be taken should also be written to the Learning Agreement and they have to be signed.