ERASMUS

Incoming ERASMUS students

Our Program welcomes Erasmus students from EU & EFTA countries who are admitted on the same basis as other Erasmus students at University of Warsaw. For detailed regulations see http://www.bwz.uw.edu.pl

For courses offered in the coming academic year please see www.psychology.pl. For registration and questions concerning it contact the program office by e-mail (wisp@psychology.pl) or visit room 423 at the Faculty of Psychology building. It is not possible to resign from courses after registration (students who stop coming to classes will still have the course in their documents with a note that it was not passed).

For questions referring to the necessary documents and accommodation please contact the International Relations Office at University of Warsaw (see the International Short-term Students Section).

Erasmus Student Network

The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is a European student organization that aims at supporting international exchange students. It consists of over 130 sections, operating at universities and colleges all over Europe and is organized on three levels: international, national and local.

ESN-UW is a registered University of Warsaw student organization. Its goal is to enable foreign students, who are coming to Warsaw, to fully integrate with other UW students and to gain as much as possible from their stay in Warsaw and in Poland. ESN organizes parties, excursions, meetings and other undertakings.

For more information: http://www.uw.esn.pl/

 

Outgoing ERASMUS students

 

 

Application and Qualification procedure to participate the in Erasmus+ student exchange (study abroad) program 2017-2018

 

 

The Erasmus+ program allows you to study at another European University and receive a scholarship to cover part of the cost of living abroad. You can choose from the list of partner Universities with whom the Faculty of Psychology has an Erasmus+ agreement; scroll down for the list of our partners. The length of time you can study abroad depends on the University, and is either a semester or an entire academic year (see the list below). There will be an information meeting for all who are interested to go on Erasmus on Monday December 19 at 15:15 in room 405.

 

Who can apply?

Students in years 2 – 4.

 

How to apply

In order to apply you need to:

-        Hand in the application form, indicating a chosen University.
Application forms can be handed to Ms. Polatyńska in room 423, delivered to the WISP mailbox outside the office 423 or send a scan by email to erasmus@psych.uw.edu.pl
The deadline for handing/sending in application is Friday January 13, 16:00

-        Participate in a qualification interview
Interviews will take place at the end of January/beginning of February and will last 10 minutes

 

Qualification criteria

-        Qualification interview; applicants will be asked about their motivations to apply to the Erasmus+ program and their University of choice. Applicants will receive a score on the basis of the interview. Interview scores below 50% result in failure to qualify.

-        GPA (grade point average); the average score of a student, as calculated by USOS. There is no minimum grade average required; everyone can apply.

-        GPA and interview scores are equally important and will be added together to give a final qualification score. Candidates with the highest score will be qualified. (NB: candidates apply and qualify for a chosen University, not for participation in the Erasmus+ program in general – see also below in “qualification procedure” for details. Having an interview score above 50% is a requirement for qualification).

-        All candidates need to show proof of language proficiency at B2 level in the language in which they will follow courses (WISP students are exempted from the English language requirement). To fulfill the language requirement, official certificates are accepted (for example TOEFL and IELTS for English, Goethe and TELC for German, DELE and TELC for Spanish, but there are many more). Also a language exam passed at the University of Warsaw is acceptable, or having passed matura in a language at advanced level.
In case an applicant possesses a good conversational level of proficiency at the time of the interview, but not yet B2, the applicant can be conditionally qualified, but must present proof of B2 proficiency before the exchange period starts. Non-conditionally qualified applicants have priority over conditionally qualified candidates, irrespective of score.

-        Applicants who have not participated in the Erasmus+ program before have priority over those who already have been “on Erasmus”, irrespective of qualification score.

Criteria that have to be fulfilled at the moment the Erasmus exchange starts:

-        Having a conditional pass during the semester when the Erasmus exchange is planned may under some conditions disqualify a candidate. Although disqualification for this reason is uncommon, conditional passes will be assessed, and will be done so on a case by case basis.

-        Students writing their empirical paper or master thesis during their Erasmus exchange have to hand in a consent-form signed by their supervisor, i.e. your supervisor has to agree to work on distance.

-        B2 language proficiency, in case the candidate was conditionally qualified on the basis of the language requirement.

Qualification procedure

All eligible applicants who have sent in the application form on time will be invited to a qualification interview. Interviews will take place at the end of the semester; Jan 27, Feb 1-3. Candidates will be sent a link so they can select their preferred time slot for their interview.

The interview will be conducted by a qualification commission composed of the Faculty’s Erasmus+ coordinator, an academic teacher and a student representative. All commission members assess a candidate’s motivation; the candidate’s score will be the simple average of the three commission members. The questions being asked will refer to the candidates motivation to participate in the Erasmus+ program in general, and her/his choice of University. Be prepared that during part of the interview  you will be asked to speak in the language of instruction of the University you selected. If there are multiple languages of instruction at the selected University, you can choose a language.

If you did not qualify for the University of your choice, you can still qualify for another University at which there are still free places. A “second round” of qualification will be organized for those who did not qualify for the university of their first choice, so that as many people wanting to go on Erasmus, will have the chance to.

 

[LIST OF UNIVERSITIES WHERE YOU COULD GO IN 2017/18]

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q: How much scholarship will I receive?

A: It depends on the country where you go and how long you will go.

The following amounts are valid the current academic year, and most likely will not change for the coming academic year. The amounts are per month, in Euros:

500€: Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom, Italy

400€: Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Greece, Spain, the Netherlands, Iceland, Luxemburg, Germany, Portugal, Slovenia, Turkey,

300€: Bulgaria, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Macedonia - Former Yugoslav Republic , Malta, Rumania, Slovak Republic, Hungary.

A scholarship is guaranteed for the first semester, but not for the second. Depending on available Erasmus funds, the University will also provide scholarship for the second semester, but this cannot be guaranteed at the start. Experience from previous years show that sufficient Erasmus funds remain to pay out scholarship for most of the second semester too. It is possible to shorten the Erasmus exchange to one semester in case it would otherwise lead to financial problems.

 

Q: Can I go on Erasmus during a semester when I am supposed to do obligatory courses?

A: Yes, but you still have to do the obligatory courses

  • You can do an obligatory course at the University where you plan to go, if they offer that same course. You need permission from the Dean of student affairs for this. The Dean will ask you to first bring approval of the instructor teaching the obligatory course here. The instructor will need to check if the content of the course at the other University is indeed the same as the course here. You will need to present the instructor with a detailed course description for this.
  • You can do the course a year later. You need to ask the Dean for student affairs for permission to do the course in the year after your Erasmus. You need to have this permission BEFORE you leave. If not you will fail the course and have a condition.
  • You can enroll in the course through USOS during the normal registration period and try to pass the exam after you come back from Erasmus (provided that attendance to classes is not obligatory). Being on Erasmus does not count as a valid excuse for missing an exam. If you miss the first exam in the session because you are still abroad, then this will count as a missed chance. The re-take exam will not count as your “first attempt”.

 

Q: Can my Erasmus courses count as specialization courses?

A: In principle yes, but…

The head of the specialization decides about this. You need to ask for permission of the head of the specialization that the course will belong to. For this you will need to show detailed course descriptions so that the head of the specialization can judge whether the course fits the requirement for a specialization course. In case you complete a general specialization, the Dean for student affairs decides.

 

Q: how many credits should I do during Erasmus?

A: In principle 30 ECTS per semester, but less is possible. You are not allowed to plan less than 20 ECTS per semester however.

Completing less than 15 ECTS will result in loss of your scholarship, which means you have to pay back the Erasmus money you received.

 

Q: When should I show proof that I have B2 language proficiency?

A: In order to be able to qualify unconditionally, you should show it at the interview

You can bring a certificate (or a copy of your matura, if this applies). In case you have passed the exam at the University of Warsaw and have it registered in USOS, you can just mention this and we will verify in USOS. Note that you can qualify conditionally if you cannot present a proof of proficiency yet. However candidates who can show proof of proficiency will have priority (even if they have a lower score).

 

Q: What about the conditional passes that were mentioned earlier?

A: Participation in the Erasmus program should not delay study progress

In some cases a condition cannot be postponed without resulting in prolongation of study (repeating a year, being crossed out as a student, etc.). In such and other potentially problematic situations, a student cannot qualify for Erasmus with a condition. As mentioned before, this has to be assessed on an individual basis.

 

If you have other questions, please come to the information meeting on Monday December 19th at 15:15 in room 405