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What is Erasmus+?

Erasmus +, is the new EU program for education, training, youth and sport, approved on November 19, 2013 by the European Parliament, began in January 2014. The program, seven years duration, aims to increase skills and employability, as well as supporting the modernization of systems of education, training and youth, and will have a budget of 14,700 million Euros.

Recently it has been awarded the UPM with the Erasmus University Charter of Higher Education (ECHE) which is valid for the duration of the future Erasmus + Program (2014-2020) 

The new Erasmus + program is part of the Europe 2020 strategy, its components in Education and Training 2020 and Rethinking Education and encompasses all initiatives in education, training, youth and sport. 

The general information on the objectives, conditions and requirements of the program are published on the website of the Organization of Autonomous European Educational Programs OAPEE: 

(http://www.oapee.es/oapee/inicio/ErasmusPlus.html).

The most widespread aspect of Erasmus is the promotion of student mobility.

What is the Grant Agreement?

The Grant Agreement is the document received by the institution / organization receiving the grant for the project development of the corresponding Key Action , under the Erasmus + program. Establishes the terms and conditions by individuals, general clauses and annexes are an integral part of the grant agreement. 

It must be signed by the legal representative of the institution / organization beneficiary and the legal representative of SEPIE. The signing of the grant agreement implies that the beneficiary accepts the grant and undertakes to carry out the project under its own responsibility.

What are the Erasmus scholarships?

The European Union is funding the mobility of students, giving a total amount for the exchanges expected by each university. Moreover, the Autonomous Communities and the Universities also complement this funding. 

Around the month of January / February, the School makes a selection of the candidates for the seats available for the next course and sends a print request to the Rectorate indicating the number of months allowed for the stay of each student (always within durations maximum under bilateral agreements), student bank details, etc. For the selected students, the Office of Student Mobility Rectorate (in building B, c / Juan XXIII, first floor) is responsible directly to request, manage and distribute aid from the European Union in proportion to the number of months each student remains displaced. No need to deal with any additional paperwork, except requests for possible supplementary grants. The amounts are paid directly into the accounts of students, the school has no news of when grants are paid, or how much.

Should I deliver a document to the University to justify the period of my stay?

Indeed, in your return you will have to take to the Student Mobility Office Rectorate a Stay certificate signed by the Erasmus coordinator of your host institution where the period of your stay is indicated. If this has been less than initially anticipated, they would make you refund the difference. They can also claim you a copy of the certificate stating your academic activity.

How do I prove my Erasmus scholarship?

The Student Mobility Office of the Rectorate makes formal credentials of scholarship (Institutional Contract) serving the student to prove their status as fellow abroad. They are also required to apply for the Health Insurance Card (which is required to take the reception center) for health care abroad in the case of members of Social Security. This form is requested in the Delegations of INSALUD.

Is compatible the ERASMUS scholarship with other income?

Officially the scholarship is incompatible with an employment contract and requires full-time dedication of the student, being compatible with any other grant or assistance. No problem to accept a grant for an activity that is academic in nature (for example the scholarship that is given by a company for the student to perform a stay in practices that will be recognized as his final project). It is also perfectly compatible with aid that students normally receive if they continue their studies in Spain (for example grants MEC).