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Mobility for studies

During The first year of their MDes program, students can choose to make a studying trip abroad, either as an exchange student or, on an internship, as a junior designer.

The selection procedure
The places in partner schools are limited, between one and four, depending on the partnership. In the case when several students apply for the same place, the Head of studies will based his choice on the first semester results, but also on the student’s motivation and his level in English.
Only one application form can be send to partner schools.
The application file must include a CV (resume), a cover letter and a portfolio in English.
Some schools also ask for a language certificate (TOEIC, IELTS, or TOEFL).
Then, the International Coordinator informs the students about the documents required.
Finally, the application file is submitted to the approval of the partner school – Note that (according to the great number of requests), there is no guarantee to accede to the desired school.

How to apply
The international relations coordinator, who is in close contact with one of the school’s representatives, send applications forms to the partner school. Then, students receive an answer current of June.
The student is in charge of all the material steps concerning his stay.

Recognition of mobility
According to the learning agreement previously signed both by the student’s home institution’s Head of studies and the one of the host institution, the partner school validates the program for 30 ECTS.
At the end of the semester abroad, the student will receive a transcript of its grade from the partner School and l’Ecole de design.
The presentation of the stay abroad is worth 5 ECTS. All terms of conditions about these are transmitted to students during the meetings to prepare the stay.


Scholarship for student mobility

The European Union and the Pays de la Loire Region, offer scholarships to students going abroad for their studies, either to an educational institution or for an internship. The number of grants for L’École de design varies each year.


The ENVOLEO scholarship is a contribution to assist international mobility from Nantes and its Region.
Eligible students will receive the following amounts:
• 1000€ grant without European co-financing
• 500€ grant with European co-financing
The amounts are doubled for CROUS scholarship of higher education students of levels 4, 5, 6 and 7.
The amounts are increased by 1000€ for students with disabilities.
The Region alone shall decide on the admissibility of the application submitted by students from L’École de design.
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The School will pay a scholarship to students in order to contribute to their trip and stay expenses as following:
• 1st payment: 80% of the entire sum the day of departure
• 2nd payment: 20% of the grant 45 days after the stay
The allowance amount varies according to the lenght of the stay, the kind of mobility, and the destination country.

Group 1: Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Sweden
€ 370/month for exchange studies
Group 2: Germany, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Spain, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, The Netherlands, Portugal
€ 320/month for exchange studies
Group 3: FYR Macedonia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Serbia€ 270/month for exchange studies

Caution: Switzerland and United Kingdom are not part of the ERASMUS+ programme

Supplementary funds for people with particular (specifics) needs
According to the ERASMUS+ programme, someone with specifics needs is defined as « a potentiel participant whose physical and mental state requires a particular financial help (or assistance) ». A request for additional funds for these people can be submitted later 1 month before the beginning of the mobility, using the form available on the website Penelope +.
These refunds will be based on costs estimates justifying the additional expenses related to the disability. An explain note is also available on ERASMUS+ website.
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Online Linguistic Support (OLS)

The OLS offers participants in ERASMUS+ programme the opportunity to assess their skills in the foreign language(s) they will use to study or work abroad. In addition, selected participants may follow an online language course to improve their competence.
Students must do a linguistic assessment in english on the OLS platform BEFORE their mobility.
OLS also offers students the opportunity to benefit from free language courses in English and the language of the receiving country.
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