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The ERASMUS is the most widely known higher education student exchange programme in Europe. Since its launch over 25 years ago, more than one million students have benefited from the experience of studying in a foreign country.

The ERASMUS programme involves 2000 education institutions in 31 countries or 90% of the European higher education institutions. In addition to the role it plays in teaching, the ERASMUS programme is now a truly social and cultural phenomenon, creating thus an open-mindedness never before seen. In addition, it creates tolerant spirits and promotes intercultural dialogue among European youngsters.


Erasmus is the most important student mobility program in Europe. The program allows minimum mobility of 3 months and maximum mobility of 12 months at a partner university.

Conditions and Application Deadlines

Applications for study mobility under the Erasmus+ program take place twice a year, in periods to be designated annually, according to the following profiles:

  • January application – for all 2nd and 3rd cycle students who intend to undertake study mobility in the 1st semester or in the following academic year
  • September application – exclusively for students who intend to study mobility in the 2nd semester, including those who, on the date of application, are enrolled in the following study cycles/year:
    i. 1st Cycle, 3rd year;
    ii. 2nd Cycle, 1st year;
    iii. 3rd Cycle, 1st year


By applying for Erasmus the student is also applying for a scholarship. To be entitled to the scholarship you must always propose to do 30 ECTS per semester. The NMCI sends an email to the students informing them of the procedures for applying for the scholarship. The values of the scholarships vary depending on the destination.

390,00 € GROUP 1

Program Countries with the HIGH cost of living

340,00 € GROUP 2

Program Countries with MEDIUM living costs

290,00 € GROUP 3

Program Countries with LOWEST Cost of Living

After Selection

Once selected you will still have to apply to the Host University where you have been placed. The NMCI will send you an email when it is time to apply

Procedures after the Mobility

At the end of your mobility you must send us your Declaration of Stay with the start and end dates of your mobility, duly signed and stamped, and the Transcript of Records with your grades.
When we receive the ToR, we will send you the Final Study Plan to deal with your equivalences.
The Final Study Plan plus the Transcript of Records should be sent by your Mobility Coordinator to the Erasmus team that will then send it to the Degree Office where your grades will be posted in Fénix

Frequently Asked Questions…

Because last year many colleges canceled Erasmus and there is an excess demand for Erasmus next year, there will be some increase in vacancies?
No, the number of vacancies is fixed and per school year, and are stipulated for the entire duration of the agreement.
I would like to know how it works in case we eventually fall behind in some subject during the semester when we go on Erasmus or if we want to make some improvement, for example, how it works.
The students enroll in fênix and may take the subject at a distance or, if they have not been evaluated, they may include this overdue subject in the equivalence plan before going on mobility, it may be 1 subject per semester up to a maximum of 2, if it is 1 year.

How do I know which subjects have/get equivalence to subjects at IST?
You choose the subjects on the university’s website and then propose a study plan to the mobility coordinator who will tell you whether you agree or not.
There are no pre-defined plans, each student makes his or her own according to the subjects they want to take, and that is an added value to their CV.

The average to apply for Erasmus is counted until which semester?
The average that counts will be the average of all the subjects that are posted by the closing of the application.
Do I have to have chosen the master’s degree before I apply?
Yes, because the universities/vacancies are associated with IST’s various Master’s degrees.
What happens to those who at the time of the 1st application period is in a master’s program and then switch to another master’s program?
In that case, they should only apply for mobility in the 2nd semester, when they will already be in the new master’s degree, in the application period of September/October.

How do we know if the course units chosen have equivalences at IST? How are the equivalences processed?
The equivalences are always made based on 30 ects (30 ects if it’s 1 semester, 60 ects if it’s 1 year) if you don’t do them all, you will have the equivalences corresponding to the ects you do.
The equivalences are made with your mobility coordinator who is the one who establishes with you the plan of equivalences and also counts all the changes that may happen during your mobility period.

Existing Agreements?
Técnico has more than a hundred agreements with several European Universities. The Erasmus vacancies are fixed and divided by study areas, which correspond to the different courses existing in Técnico.

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