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Getting selected for an Erasmus period
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How do I get selected for an Erasmus+ mobility?

Each application received at the International Office is checked for eligibility. As soon as students results are published on eSIMS (the University database) the students’ averages are calculated internally by the Erasmus coordinators, and a grading table is produced showing the students’ averages and their placement allocation according to their averages. The grading tables together with an endorsement letter are sent to all respective Heads of Department/Erasmus Academic Coordinators/ Deans for their approval and recommendations. The latter then return the grading sheet to the International Office with their approval and recommendations for the students. To study abroad applicants from the Department of Anthropological Sciences require an overall grade B in their first year studies to obtain Departmental approval  to qualify for  Erasmus placements.

Students are “placed” according to their academic scoring and the placement preference they have indicated. If several students have indicated the same placement or not enough placements are available, applicants may be requested to consider changing location or are kept on a reserve list until new placements become available.

The selection results are communicated by postal and electronic mail to each applicant. Successful students are called up to start the necessary preparations, whilst unsuccessful applicants are given clear reasons why their application was not accepted.

Although the main criterion for selection is academic scoring, one's preparation, interest and initiative are important for the preparation process since students are expected to handle a number of pre-departure arrangements.

Who makes the necessary preparations?

Prospective Erasmus+ students receive assistance from the International Office and their Faculty/Institute to coordinate all necessary pre-departure preparations. The University that will be hosting the student abroad provides academic and other logistical information (accommodation, study-units, orientation programmes, etc.).
The International Office assists and gives guidance to students at the pre-departure meetings, by e-mail and during student hours regarding:

• Compilation of the Learning Agreement

• Other documents required for academic approval of the stay abroad

• Advice regarding residence permits, travel arrangements and accommodation

• Information regarding grants and the method of payment

• Information regarding the grading scheme at the host university and the conversion scale that will be applied by the University of Malta.

Students are also encouraged to sign up to social media groups and through student associations, faculty academic advisors and friends seek to exchange information with other students who have been on Erasmus or in the same location in the past. The International Office can also assist students to meet up with Erasmus students from specific universities who would be conducting their stay at the University of Malta.

Last Updated: 28 February 2017

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