A period of mobility, apart of being in Europe or any other continent and being for studies or internships, improve the language and social skills as well as independence, confidence and self-esteem.
Having an international experience, on the other hand, has a positive impact on careers and opens the mind to an increasingly global world.
Here are some benefits of international mobility:
development of language skills;
knowledge of new cultures;
It’s the most important exchange program covering a wide range of opportunities for students and teaching and non-teaching staff to study, to do teaching assignments or training abroad. It provides also additional opportunities under the previous Erasmus Mundus Program for full master’s degrees through scholarships for Joint Master Degrees. The program is covering now not only the EU countries, and a number of partner countries to regular Erasmus mobility or under ICM (International Credit Mobility).
Erasmus+ is the EU’s new umbrella programme for education, training, youth and sport, designed to be more global and more integrated than ever before. It brings together seven EU programmes and offers more opportunities for cooperation than its predecessors. For more information on the priorities of the programme, the actions supported, the funding available and the modalities of participation, please have a look at the Erasmus+ Programme Guide, which you can find here:
If you are a student of Polytechnic of Leiria and you want to benefit of a European programme of mobility, this is your opportunity.
The application should be sent to the International cooperation and Mobility Office of Polytechnic of Leiria. Students who wish to pursue with mobility , either during the 1st or 2nd cycle must fill in the Learning Agreement together with the course coordinator. Once the student confirms the intention to participate in the mobility programme, he/she will receive a GMCI e-mail with the list of documents to deliver as well as the procedures to follow to formalize the process. Be aware that partner institutions have a nomination deadline. Please visit the host institution’s website.
The Learning Agreement (LA), or study plan is a document that identifies the curricular units that the student intends to pursue in the partner institution and that will have equivalence once the mobility is concluded. The document in available online, The LA must be completed with guidance of the course coordinator and subsequently signed by both parties and delivered to the GMCI: If the students wants to change the initial LA, he/she must do so by following the right documents available online. These changes should occur under the coordinator’s knowledge and within 30 days of the start date of classes at the host institution.
Learning Agreement; Copy of the Identification Card (ID) Bank account identification number (IBAN); Copy of the Health Insurance Card. All Students who travel abroad should apply for the European Health Insurance Card, at your home town Social Security office, at “Loja do Cidadão” or online. This card is free of charge and can be used for medical assistance in cases of accident or sudden illness. You can get more information here It is recommended but not required, that Students acquire travel insurance in addition to the document indicated above, should they need continued medical care. The student must sign a contract that allows him/her to enjoy the Erasmus student status , and this independently on whether the scholarship is granted. Il this document is not available before the student leaves, should be signed after his/her returns with the date of transfer of the grant (when applicable). At the end of the mobility programme, the student must present a Letter of Confirmation, a document showing the start and end dates of the mobility programme. This should be signed and stamped by the International relation office of the host institution.
Upon reception of the Transcript of Records, the GMCI sends it to the home institution, along with a copy of the LA, or in some cases, with the documents with the changes to the LA. The School sends to the GMCI a statement with the final grades obtained by equivalence. Any claim in assigning final grades, when they concern the transposition of grades between two countries should l be addressed to the academic services of the respective School. Il the students receives the Transcript of Records directly, he /she should always deliver it at the GMCI. If the Transcript of Records is delivered directly to the student upon his/her return, he/she should hand it to the GMCI which will then forward it to the appropriate School. The Student Erasmus Final Report tis required , through purely for statistical purposes , and is made available online to the student by the National Agency.
Being an Erasmus + student does not necessarily means that you will receive a mobility grant. Nevertheless, if the student is selected he/she can receive an Erasmus scholarship that will cover the difference of level of life between his/her country and the host country.
The value of the scholarship varies with the host country and the length of the stay. All practical matters such as travel and accommodation, are the student’s responsibility. The Erasmus + mobility programme is funded by the European Commission and by the National Agency. The GMCI has 30 days to issue the Erasmus grants, once the contract is signed; however, the payment of scholarships depends on the transfer of funds by the National Agency. An initial transfer of 80% will be made and at the end of the mobility programme and upon delivery of the final documents, Letter of Confirmation and Student Report, the payment of the remaining 20% will be made. The number of scholarships to be awarded is not known from the outset, and funds assigned vary from year to year. In any case, each course of Polytechnic of Leiria will have at least 2 scholarships.. However, during the financial year, funds may be redistributed and channeled to the Erasmus + scholarships. Hence, more students may end up receiving scholarships in the case of funds redistribution, an addendum to the Erasmus contract with the respective amount is issued, which must be signed by the student and the Institutional Coordinator.
Yes In case of drop out due to reasons of the student responsibility. If He/ She behaves badly and doesn’t honor the name of Polytechnic of Leiria.. If any curricular unit is completed with success.
Yes. The student will receive an additional support depending on the tax income of the direct family. The student who benefits from Social Support Services at Polytechnic of Leiria must inform the mobility office and the Student Support Services in order to allow this service to manage the necessary arrangements to calculate the additional financial support. Special needs students also receive an additional financial support, depending on their incapacity.
Yes. it is,. Nonetheless the student should obtain the permission from both institutions to extend the period. He /She have to change the LA accordingly and follow the deadlines to issue the changes. The GMCI should be informed of the intention to prolong the period of mobility.
There is no possibility for the Students to receive a grant for an extension of an Erasmus period except if Polytechnic of Leiria receives a redistribution of funds, of if one or more Students funded drop out of the mobility- in this case, the funding will be divided amount the students who have not received a grant or extended their period of studies.
Yes if He/ She complies with the demands of the programme:. No tuition fees in delay, no disciplinary process undergoing or already finished and in the case of being still in the 1st year of the bachelor degree +. Also there’s no guarantee whatsoever that He/ She will receive a grant.
While at the host institution, the student should strive to develop their education, attend all classes and seminars, be motivated and have knowledge of the languages needed for mobility, besides behaving in a way that honors the Polytechnic of Leiria.
Erasmus coordinators should suggest new partnerships with institutions in other EU countries, following information made available by the GMCI or by their own initiative. They may also, when deemed necessary, terminate existing agreements. New partnerships are the sole responsibility of Erasmus coordinators and the head of Internationalization at the school. The only exception is any request of formalization prompted by the Directorate of Schools or by the Presidency of Polytechnic of Leiria. Any formalization requires that the appropriate information is sent by e-mail to the GMCI with the name of the institution, intended area of study, number of exchanges of students and teachers and contact person (when such information is available). It is convenient that the Erasmus Coordinator establishes an early contact with its counterpart at the future partner, so that there is a timely exchange of curricula to determine compatibility. Once formalized, information about the new bilateral agreement will be made available on Polytechnic of Leiria website. Erasmus coordinators should help outgoing students in choosing UCs at the host institution, as well sign the Study Programs – Learning Agreement. They should also advise students about possible changes to the syllabus. Erasmus Coordinators are also responsible for signing the Study Programs – Learning Agreement, and then send them by internal mail after signature, even if the documents are hand delivered by the students themselves. They must also inform students about other details, deemed relevant.
To sign the Inter-Institutional Agreements · To sign the student contracts, the learning agreement and all th post (electronic or not) that involves the financial or contractual part of the programme. To choose the date of starting and ending of the internal application periods and suggest to the Schools a time schedule for dissemination and information sessions.. Chair the internal meetings between the central office and the Schools. · Promote in special situations a particular protocol in another institution abroad, · Settlement of disputes and final hierarchic resource caused by problems of non academic nature. · Report to the Schools situations that can lead to disciplinary action.
Programa Vasco da Gama
The Vasco da Gama program is a program created by Coordeador Council of Polytechnic Institutes and its main objective to promote and enhance the mobility of students between national institutes polytechnics (Read Program Regulation).
Students participating in the program will undertake a period of mobility in any Polytechnic Institute National studies or internships for a period of three months to one year.
The deadline for applications is renewed annually applications being accepted until May 30 for mobilities carried out the following school year.
Applicants must complete and submit an Application Form and Studies Program in GMCI , duly signed by the entities indicated in the latter document ( course coordinator and management schools). The GMCI in turn transmit the documents to the Polytechnic partner for mobility confirmation.
Note: the fact that an institution integrate the Vasco da Gama program does not oblige to receive students from other institutions . Acceptance is always on time , checked case by case basis and depends on the disponibiliade the receiving institution. Because there is no money channeled to the program there is no financial support beyond that of the student already receiving through the SAS .
Exchange with Brasil
As the internationalization of the strategic objectives of Polytechnic of Leiria in recent years has sought to enhance the cooperation with several higher education institutions in Brazil , not only for reasons related to the existing linguistic affinities but also because Brazil is now a countries with economies in most important development in the international arena .
Thus, the Polytechnic of Leiria currently offers diferente possibilities for higher education institutions to their students to participate in an exchange program with Brazil.
It may consist of a period of study or work experience ( with the prior approval of the Mobility Coordinator of the home school and the acceptance of destination Institution ) ;
It must be covered by a Cooperation Agreement ;
Duration of the mobility: 1 semester.
1st Semester: February – June
2nd Semester : July – December
Applications are always open and according with the deadlines of the partners Institutions.
The applicants should contact the International Office in the corresponding Shool according with the following contacts:
Curricular Units history ever held in the Polytechnic of Leiria ;
Number of the Identity Card / Citizen Card ;
2nd Phase (after confirmation of acceptance by the host institution )
Acceptance Letter – issued by the host institution proving that the / the student has been accepted and which will serve to issuing the visa (to be requested by Polytechnic of Leiria ) ;
Personal accident insurance and repatriation ;
Student visa to be obtained from the Consulate of Brazil in Lisbon or Porto ( according to area of residence, as stated in the student identification ) ;
Registration statement on Polytechnic of Leiria .
3rd Phase ( upon return )
Transcript of Records – issued by the host institution with the grades obtained and which will serve to formalize the academic recognition in Polytechnic of Leiria ;
Final report of mobility.
All expenses will be borne by the student, including travel, accommodation and food (except mobility for UNIVATES, which grants a number of scholarships to be defined and include the cost of food and accommodation in the institution ).
The ranking and selection of applications will be carried out according to the criteria set by each school.
The student will, however, exempt from fees in target higher education institution (although it is necessary to continue to ensure the payment of fees in Polytechnic of Leiria).
Students may participate in mobility should: i) at the time of mobility attend at least 2 years; ii) do not have fees overdue; iii) having no irregular situation with Polytechnic of Leiria.
Students who, for any reason, after the mobility start desist from the conduct can not take advantage of mobility to any other international program, unless the reason is for external causes to the student.