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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 number of places reserved for students in the Master’s program at L’École de design de Nantes Atlantique in each partner school is limited: between 1 and 4 places depending on the partnership. If several students apply for the same places, the pedagogical management team will make a selection based on the grades, motivations and level of English of the candidates.
Only one application can be sent per student to the partner schools considered. This application includes a CV, a cover letter and a portfolio in English. Some schools also require certificates attesting to the applicant’s level of English (TOEIC, IELTS or TOEFL). The student is informed of the documents to be provided by the international relations coordinator. The application is sent to the partner school by the international relations coordinator, who is in direct contact with an official of the host school. The student will receive the answer from the partner school in June (the first semester of the Master’s program begins in September).
The application is subject to the approval of the partner school. Established agreements do not guarantee that the student will obtain the desired destination.

The formalities related to enrollment in the partner institution are carried out by L’École de design Nantes Atlantique.
The student is responsible for the different steps to be taken concerning the material aspects of his or her stay: travel to and from the host country, accommodation, administrative documents, social security, visa, etc.)

Recognition of mobility
The 30 ECTS for the semester abroad are formalised when the partner school notifies the student of the validation of the terms of the pedagogical contract, signed by the student, the director of studies of L’École de design Nantes Atlantique and the host institution. A transcript of grades is given to the student by the partner institution and by L’École de design Nantes Atlantique at the end of the semester. Please note that 5 ECTS are allocated to a presentation and a film of the study period abroad presented by the student on his/her return.
All the details are explained to the students in the months preceding the mobility, during the preparatory meetings for the stay, led by the director of studies, the international relations coordinator and the internship coordinator.

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 grant from the Pays de la Loire Region is an aid for international mobility from Nantes and its region. Eligible students receive the following departure package:
• Fixed grant of €1,000 without European co-financing,
• Fixed grant of 500 € with European co-financing.
The fixed amount is doubled for students with higher education grants on social criteria for levels 4, 5, 6 and 7. Similarly, the amount is increased by €1,000 for students with disabilities.
The Region is the sole decision-maker on the admissibility of the application submitted by the student to L’École de design Nantes Atlantique.
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Within the framework of the Erasmus+ program, of which L’École de design Nantes Atlantique is a signatory, the school pays students a grant to contribute to their living and travel expenses:
• An initial payment of 80% of the amount at the beginning of the mobility period abroad,
• A second payment of 20% of the amount 45 days after the end of the mobility.
The amount of the allowance varies according to the duration of the stay, the nature of the mobility (studies or internship) and the country of destination:

Group 1: 
Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Island, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Sweden
Switzerland and the United Kingdom are part of the ERASMUS+ program within the limits of the available budget
€ 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: Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Republic of North Macedonia, Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Serbia
€ 270/month for exchange studies

Complementary funds
The new Erasmus+ program aims to promote an eco-responsible approach as well as equal opportunities and access, inclusion, diversity and equity through all its actions.
• An eco-responsible means of transport with lower greenhouse gas emissions (such as train, bus or carpooling, etc.) allows you to obtain a financial supplement of €50 (flat rate) and up to 4 additional days of travel if appropriate;
• It is possible to obtain the financial supplement "support for inclusion" of €250 per month, in addition to the Erasmus+ grant;
• Coverage of the expenses necessary for mobility for people with disabilities on the basis of real costs.
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Online Linguistic Support (OLS)

OLS (Online Linguistic Support) allows Erasmus+ participants to assess their skills in the foreign language(s) before and after their mobility, and to take online language courses to improve their skills.
It is compulsory for students to take an assessment test in English on the OLS platform before their mobility. Afterwards, participants have the opportunity to take language courses for free in English and in the language of the host country.
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