International Credit Mobility for students

Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility gives students the possibility to go on exchange studies and traineeships from Estonia to almost all the countries of the world (except Erasmus+ programme countries, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates) and vice versa.

The Erasmus+ programme is available for students who:

  • are matriculated at a higher education institution (regardless of citizenship and residence permit);
  • prior to their study period abroad, have completed at least the first academic year at their higher education institution (i.e., exchange studies are possible starting from the second academic year). Going on a traineeship abroad is possible already during the first year of studies.

When and for how long can I go on exchange studies/traineeship?

  • Study periods abroad can last for a minimum of 3 months and a maximum of 12 months.
  • Traineeship abroad can last for a minimum of 2 months and a maximum of 12 months.
  • Students have the opportunity to participate in the Erasmus+ programme in each level of studies for several periods with different durations for up to 12 months:
    • during the first level of higher education (bachelor's level or equivalent);
    • during the second level of higher education (master's level or equivalent);
    • during the third level of higher education (doctoral level or equivalent).
  • The study periods and/or traineeships abroad that have been completed during the LLP/Erasmus programme are taken into account.

Are the study periods and traineeships abroad recognised and to what extent?

The studies and traineeship which an Erasmus+ student completed abroad, including exams and other assessments, must be fully recognised by the home institution as part of the student’s degree. Prior to the mobility period, the student has to prepare the Learning Agreement which has to be coordinated with all the parties and signed by the student, sending institution and receiving institution. Such an agreement gives the student the assurance that their studies abroad are in accordance with the requirements of the home institution and fully recognised as part of the studies upon their return.

After returning from the study period abroad, the student must submit a confirmation of stay, transcript of records and a formal report to the Erasmus coordinator.

What are the language requirements?

The exchange student must be able to actively and effectively participate in the studies at the higher education institution abroad. For more information on language requirements, please contact the Erasmus/international relations coordinator at your home institution.

What is the grant amount?

Students can apply for a grant to cover the extra costs related to studying abroad.

The grant amount for a student going abroad from Estonia is 700 euros per month and for a student coming to Estonia from a Partner country 800 euros per month. Additionally, participants will receive a travel grant in the amount of 20 to 1500 euros depending on the distance between the higher education institutions.

The receiving institution may not require the student to pay fees for tuition, registration, examinations and access to laboratory and library facilities. However, the student's home institution may ask for tuition fees during the study period spent abroad.

Before going to studies/traineeship abroad, the student must seriously consider their financial possibilities. In addition to the usual daily living expenses, there can be costs related to the mobility period, such as insurance, residence permit, transport, etc. The cost of living can vary substantially from country to country and also within the country. The grant allocated by Erasmus+ might not cover all the costs related to studies abroad and self-financing might be needed as well.

While staying abroad, the student has the right to receive national, regional and local grants and loans. The student may apply for additional support from public and private funds for the study/traineeship period abroad, but may not receive any other scholarship allocated through the official structures of the European Union while staying abroad as an Erasmus+ grantee. In order to avoid double financing, the same condition applies to grants paid under the Estonian national scholarship programmes Dora+ and Kristjan Jaak.

Students may also participate in the Erasmus+ programme and use the exchange student status and privileges without receiving a grant.

How do I apply for a grant?

Students should apply for the grant from their home institution. The sending higher education institution defines the selection criteria for participants, in agreement with the receiving institution.  Prerequisite for applying for the grant is that the Estonian higher education institution has received Erasmus+ funding for cooperation with the specific Partner country and an inter-institutional agreement has been signed between the participating institutions.  In order to find out about specific opportunities, contact the Erasmus/international relations coordinator at your home institution.

Who can help with applying?
The Erasmus/international relations coordinator at your home institution knows the best how to assist in the selection of higher education institutions abroad, as well as with applications, selection procedures, deadlines and practical issues. At larger universities, respective contact persons are also available at each faculty or department. If you are studying at an Estonian higher education institution then please refer to the list of Estonian higher education institutions participating in the Erasmus+ programme with necessary contact details.

If you are interested in participating in the programme, it would definitely be worth-while to look for students who are already familiar with the Erasmus+ programme and can share some recommendations. The experiences of the students who have already participated in the Erasmus+ programme are also mediated by the organisation Erasmus Student Network (ESN). Sections of ESN operate both in Estonia and elsewhere in Europe.

Last updated: 20.05.2019