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Outside Europe Agreements

Técnico has to offer you student exchanges in several partner Universities.

Duration

The Mobility Regulation stipulates that an exchange, under the Bilateral Agreements and SMILE, will be for one semester, with the possibility of extension for one more semester. This extension can only occur in the same academic year, with the agreement of both Schools.
It is also possible to do mobilities in different semesters (do mobility in one semester in SMILE in another under a Bilateral or ERASMUS agreement).

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I find the list of partner universities?

Log in, choose Central Applications > Dot Técnico > Protocols. Select student exchange for a general listing or country for a more focused listing.

How to choose universities?

Curricular Units: a consultation of the university’s website and check the compatible disciplines (through analysis of syllabus contents).
University rankings: consult accredited search engines
Language Requirements: check on the university’s website, as some classes may be taught in the native language or in English. An IELTS or TOEFL certificate may be required.
Academic calendar: The host university/school where you intend to study may start the exam season at IST.
Costs associated with mobility (accommodation, food, travel and others).

There are scholarships to support exchanges?

For South America there are 15 Ibero-American scholarships (SMILE program) which are awarded by Banco Santander to the value of 2300€. The scholarships are awarded to the best students in all courses based on the student’s average score at the time of application. For the student to be eligible, the destination university must be on the list of universities participating in this program.

Mobilities outside Europe do not have scholarships like the ERASMUS program. Therefore, students of these programs should apply for scholarships managed by the host universities or countries. Check their respective websites.

Students in Mobility Programmes outside Europe do not have to define a Study Plan of 30 ECTS to the Mobility Coordinators, since this requirement is only valid for students applying for the ERASMUS support grant.

Who assigns the equivalences, validates the equivalence plan, and converts the grades?

The mobility coordinator of your course.
Check the list of Mobility Coordinators here.

How are UC equivalencies obtained?

By filling out a document for this purpose: Final Study Plan.

How credits are converted into ECTS?

The conversion is based on contact hours and workload, giving a conversion factor. The information on how to convert, conversion factors according to UA, is available for consultation here.

How will grades be assigned to the UCs, since the number of subjects done in mobility differs from the number of subjects at IST?

Equivalences can be made:
1 UC mobility = 1 UC Técnico or.
+1 UC mobility = 1 UC Técnico or
+1 UC mobility = +1 UC Técnico
The grade obtained will be the average of the values obtained in the UC.

If I do the mobility in the 1st semester of the 4th year, I can get equivalence to a subject of the 1st semester of the 5th year?

Yes, if your mobility coordinator authorizes it and if the university where you were placed has not adopted the Bologna Process (e.g. Brazil, China, Japan, etc.).

I can do a thesis in mobility?

Yes, it is possible to do a thesis in mobility, according to Article 13 of the Regulation of Mobility Programmes. For this purpose you will need to have two advisors: one at the Host University that accepts you and another at Técnico.

I intend to change course after the Mobility Contest. Can I participate?

Yes, but you will have to contact the Mobility Coordinators of the respective courses and explain your situation, so that there is a good transition between courses.

I have been accepted. What is the process after my acceptance by the Host University?

Before going on mobility the student must
Prepare IST initial Study Plan, where the UC to do in mobility and the equivalent UC of IST are listed. This document allows the student to register at IST during the mobility period;
Appoint a proxy with power to represent him in all matters related to the mobility programme in which he is participating.
During the mobility period, changes to the initial study plan will only be accepted with the express permission of the Mobility Coordinator, who will inform the NMCI.

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