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.
For students leaving for ERASMUS +
Each student receives a mobility kit before going abroad which must be completed BEFORE, DURING and AFTER the mobility period..
Online Linguistic Support (OLS)
The Online Linguistic Support (OLS) supports language learning for Erasmus+ mobility participants. Students must do a linguistic assessment on the OLS platform BEFORE and AFTER their mobility.
The OLS offers participants in Erasmus+ long-term mobility activities (Key Action 1) the opportunity to assess their skills in the foreign language(s) they will use to study, work or volunteer abroad. In addition, selected participants may follow an online language course to improve their competence.
The OLS language assessment is mandatory for all participants to Erasmus+ mobility activities of at least two months (studies/traineeships/EVS volunteering) with one of the following languages as the main language of instruction, work or volunteering (with the exception of native speakers) : Bulgarian, Czeh, danish, German, Gree, English, Spanish, French, Croatian, Italian, Hungarian, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Finnish ans Swedish.
Participants must complete the first language assessment before the mobility to assess their language competences.
After taking the first language assessment, participants who have been selected by their sending institutions/organisations will have the opportunity to take language courses for free
For more information : http://erasmusplusols.eu/
Scholarship for student mobility
Two main institutions, namely European Union and the « Région Pays de la Loire » offer some grants to students going abroad as part of their studies, either in institution or in internship. The quantity of scholarship available for L’Ecole de design varies from year to year and it’s not possible to help the whole students. So the school makes a fine selection of students at the end of their third year.
Selected students will receive a departure scholarship as following:
• 1 000€ grant without European co-financing
• 500€ grant with European co-financing
The amount is doubled for students receiving grant for higher education of levels 4, 5, 6 and 7.
It is increased to 1 000€ for students with disabilities.
The “Region” is the unique decision-maker concerning the admissibility of the student’s submitted file to L’Ecole de design.
The School will pay a grant 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, United Kingdom:200€/month for study trips
Groups 2 and 3: Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia: 150€/month for study trips
Be Careful: Switzerland is not in the Erasmus + program
Supplementary funds for people with particular (specifics) needs
According to the ERASMUS + program, 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.
This project was financed with the support of the European commission.
This project was financed with the support of the European Commission. All responsibility for the content of this publication is assumed by the author – the European Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.