FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

What is a consortium?

A consortium is a partnership of higher education institutions, aimed at jointly implementing a project (in this case a mobility scheme).

Is there a minimum age set out to be an applicant to EBW?

The Guidelines set out by the programme don’t establish a minimum age to be an applicant. However, undergraduate students must have successfully completed at least one year of studies at higher education level. It is also important to point out that all the eligibility criteria are minimums set out by the programme’s coordination, which doesn’t mean that each home institution may not establish more restricted criteria. Therefore, please ask for further information at your home institution.

Which courses can I take abroad?

The priority fields of study established by the European Commission for this programme are the following: Education, Teacher Training; Engineering, Technology; Social Sciences.

At times, it might be the case that you won’t be attending courses at the host institution, but rather doing individual internships, research or design work. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you should visit each partner institution’s website and pay attention to the language of instruction.

Do you charge tuition fees?

Mobility under 10 months has a fee waiver policy, which means that scholarship holders will only pay their registration fees at home institution and no fees at the host institution. In all other cases, the maximum fee for incoming students is limited to:
- EUR 3,000 per academic year and student;
- EUR 5,000 for specialised post-doctorate studies.
Fees cannot be charged to post-doctorate mobility for research purposes. A small additional fee may be charged to the incoming students by the host institution to cover additional library, student unions, laboratory consumables, etc., on an equal basis as the local students. Under no circumstances may participating institutions claim tuition/registration fees from visiting students beyond the amounts indicated in the previous paragraphs or retain the funding foreseen as subsistence allowance to cover such fees.

Is there any kind of degree offered at the end of the mobility period?

Students won’t receive any diploma, since they’re going abroad for a period covering only a part of the curriculum required for a degree (6/10 months). Therefore, they will receive a “transcript of records” from the host institution, which will then be used by the home institution to recognise the period abroad as part of the general curriculum required for obtaining the final degree.
In case of academic staff and post-doctorate mobility, no degree will be offered.
In case of doctorate mobility (less than 34 months), diplomas will be received at the home institution.
In case of full doctorate students (34 months), the scholarship holders will complete the whole curriculum and will obtain the degree in the host institution.

Can European students receive scholarships from other European Community programmes?

They can receive scholarships from other European Community programmes, but not at the same time. Therefore, if a student is benefiting at the moment from a grant for the same purposes, he cannot apply to another grant from a different programme. However, if the student has benefited from another grant in the past, and this grant has come to an end, he/she may receive a grant.

How will I receive my grant?

Each student, researcher and member of academic staff will receive his/her scholarship (which is already preset, in accordance with the type of mobility) on the expected date of arrival at the host institution. The first instalment will include an amount corresponding to two months, and subsequent instalments will be done on a monthly basis.

For Brazilian scholarship holders:

For European scholarship holders:


How can I obtain a visa?

You must obtain your visa in your home country, via the embassy of the country of the host university where you will be doing mobility. You should be aware that it may take more than two months to obtain the visa, so contact the embassy as soon as you receive the confirmation that you have been accepted by the host institution.

Can nationals from Brazil living in Europe apply for a scholarship?

No, they can’t, because they must be registered at one of the Brazilian partner institutions.

What about insurance?

The programme coordination will provide insurance cover to each scholarship holder, according to the specific requirements set forth by the guidelines for applicants.

Can I benefit from more than one mobility flow?

No, you can only benefit from one mobility flow.

Which facilities will I be offered abroad?

The International Office at your host institution will provide you all the information you need regarding accommodation, language support, social life, cost of living and administrative procedures. You must contact directly your host university in order to know exactly the facilities available for incoming international students.

When must I spend my period abroad?

All mobility flows have to start before 1 April 2009. If all arrangements are made, you may start before that date, but in no case may you start later! It would be desirable, especially for undergraduate students, to start the mobility on February 2009, i.e. at the start date of the 2nd semester at the European institutions.

Is inter-European or inter-Third-country mobility allowed?

No, that is not allowed. The mobility flows only have two possible types of flow: from Brazil to Europe and from Europe to Brazil.

How will the selection be done?

The first step is the validation of the application by the home institution. The second step consists in the acceptance of the application by the host institutions selected by the applicants. Then each institution will make a ranking of all accepted applicants, based on the criteria that you may find in the “Guidelines”, and those with the highest grades will be selected. It is recommended that applicants select 3 different Higher Education Institutions.

I am a Euro Brazilian Windows exchange student. Is there a need for a bilateral agreement between my home and host institutions?

No, not at all, because home and host institutions have already signed an agreement which replaces the usual bilateral agreement.

Do I have to speak the official language of the HEI to which I apply, or only English?

The programme Guidelines establish that you must have sufficient knowledge of the official language of the European institutions selected. This means that if the courses are taught in English, that will be enough; if, on the contrary, the host institution demands another language, you will have to meet that demand, and include proof of language proficiency in your application, otherwise you won’t be eligible for mobility. Please check that information on the academic offer of each institution.

How can I be sure that my home institution will recognise the studies undertaken at the host institution?

All partner institutions will sign a learning agreement, prior to the mobility, in which they commit themselves to the formal recognition of studies.

If I’m not selected by any of the three HEIs I applied to, is there any other chance of doing the mobility?

In case of not being selected by the chosen HEIs, the applicant may still be contacted by the project coordinator, which may propose another academic offer/course that still has places available. Since this contact will be made via email, please make sure that you indicate your most frequently checked email in the application form.

Concerning accommodation, do I have to find a place myself, or is it the host institution’s responsibility to provide one to the scholarship holder?

In principle, the accommodation will be arranged by the host institution, but that is a matter that must be discussed between the scholarship holder and the institution after the acceptance of the applicant by the host institution.

What if the travel costs exceed the amount paid by the scholarship?

The amount provided by the scholarship to cover travel costs is directly related to the linear distance between the applicant’s home and host institutions and includes a return ticket. If the costs exceed the amount set out by the European Commission, the difference will have to be covered by the scholarship, during the first three months of stay of the scholarship holder.

Is it possible to finish the mobility period before the estimated deadline? If so, which consequences may be implied?

Of course nobody can stop you if you want to come back to your country for any reason. However, in that case, the payment of the scholarship will immediately be suspended and you will probably have to pay the trip home by yourself. Depending on your home institution and the time you spent abroad, your studies might not be recognised by your home institution.

What should I do in case of losing my login and password?

In that case, the only option would be to do a new register. For security matters, the project coordination will not reveal applicants' access data.

Since that I’m applying to Brazilian Institutions only, where the official language is Portuguese, shall the application form and documents attached be in English?

Although the official language in all Brazilian Institutions is Portuguese, you must fill in the application form and attach the required documents in English, so that the members of the Scientific Committee (a Committee comprising professors of various European partner Institutions) may understand the information contained therein.

My home Institution does not provide the official documents in English. May I attach them in the original version?

All the documents required to submit successfully your application must be in English, in order that the partner Institutions understand the information contained therein.
If your home Institution does not provide the required documents in an English version, you should contact the contact person in your home Institution so that he/she informs you about the best way to arrange a certified translation of the official documents.
It might be the applicant himself to translate the document; however, this translation must be certified by the home Institution, which will guarantee that the translation is a true copy of the original. It is the home Institution’s responsibility to certify that all documents are true copies, so please contact the contact person of your University. The contact details are available in the section “Contacts” of the consortium’s website http://ebw.up.pt.

Shall I define the subjects I wish to attend/work programme I wish to develop in the host Institution in the moment I fill in the application form, or is that something to be done later on?

When you fill in your application form, you shall only choose the course/subject area within which you intend to do your mobility period. If you are an undergraduate or doctorate student, a learning agreement between your home and host Institutions will be done after your selection, and only in this moment you will have to choose the subjects you wish to attend. Eventually, you might choose subjects of other academic years, but within the same course and the same semester.
If you are a post-doctorate researcher or member of academic staff, your research/work proposal will also be arranged after your formal acceptance by the host Institution.

What kind of information must be given in the support document of my home Institution, and who must write it?

The support document, which must be written in English language, may be prepared by the applicant’s department, by his faculty, by the teacher responsible for the degree in which the applicant is enrolled in the home Institution, or by someone of the University, at a central level. It is expected that, with this document, the person responsible for the applicant’s training states that the applicant fulfils all the required criteria and is able to apply to a mobility scholarship within the project. Applicants should ask the contact person of their home Institution for information about the best procedure to follow regarding this issue, and whom should they ask to write their statement of support.

 

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
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