In the 2014/2015 academic year, the Erasmus scheme was revamped and is now known as Erasmus+. The stated goals of the new programme, which is being implemented over the next seven years, are to improve the competence level and employability of young people and to encourage cross-border partnerships and the collaboration between educational institutes within the programme countries.
The most important changes of the new generation of the programme are summarised in the FAQs.
1. Who can apply to the Erasmus program?
All officially enrolled students, who have completed at least the first year of a basic course (bachelor) at the start of the year abroad. The course must be in a field of study that is relevant to your Erasmus exchange.
2. To which universities/conservatoires can I apply?
To all the partner institutions of the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna.
3. By when must I apply?
The application must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office by 15 February for the upcoming academic year. The earlier you submit your application, the more chance you have of obtaining an Erasmus+ place. Please note that you must submit a complete application for each guest university (you can apply for a maximum of three).
4. How long does an Erasmus placement last?
As part of the new Erasmus+ programmes, you can spend a maximum of 12 months per study cycle (bachelor’s or master’s) at guest universities. The minimum length per stay is three months.
5. What documents do I need to submit with my application?
6. Will I get a bursary for my Erasmus placement?
Financial support for Erasmus+ placements by students is based on the various living costs in the destination countries (€ 150.00 to 250.00 monthly).
Study grants, family allowance and orphan’s pensions can be received at the same time. Please inform the relevant authorities (e.g. Study Grant Authority, local tax authorities,...).
7. Do I need to be able to speak the language of the destination country?
As part of Erasmus+, all participating students must carry out an obligatory self-assessment to determine their language skills before and after the placement. However, the result has no influence on the chances of success of the application. However, we recommend that you have language level B1 (CEF) in the relevant language.
8. Do I have to pay my tuition fees during my Erasmus placement?
Each Erasmus student is exempt from the tuition fees of the guest and home university.
9. Will I remain registered at the MUK during my Erasmus placement?
You will continue to be an officially enrolled student at the MUK during your Erasmus placement at the guest university. Confirmations of enrolment and student ID will be issued or extended.
10. What must I achieve academically as an Erasmus student?
In principle, at least 30 ECTS should be agreed in the learning agreement for each Erasmus semester and proven upon your return to the MUK. To avoid demands for repayment of the paid bursaries, at least 3 ECTS should be attained per placement stay.
11. Can I gain credit for the certificates attained at the guest university for my degree at the MUK?
The principle of "no loss of progress” applies. This means you can claim credit for all academic achievements previously agreed in the learning agreement (ECTS points).
You can find more information about your rights and obligations as an Erasmus student in the Erasmus Student Charta.