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Erasmus+ studies and internship (for current VGTU students only!)

Erasmus+ studies in EU

In the frames of this programme all VGTU students may have study exchange in one of VGTU partner institutions of higher education in one of the programme countries.
 
ELIGIBLE COUNTRIES
 
Programme countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Ireland, Greece, Spain, France, Croatia, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, The Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland, Sweden, The United Kingdom. Non EU Programme Countries: Macedonia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey.
 
The same student may participate in mobility periods totaling up to 12 months per each cycle of study (bachelor, master and Phd studies). Minimum duration of the Erasmus+ studies is 1 semester (3-6 months).
 
Scholarship varries from 300 eur to 500 eur per month, depending on the country of studies:
ERASMUS+ groups of countries
Countries
Set scholarship for study month
1 group: countries with high cost of living
Denmark, Ireland, France, Italy, Austria, Finland, Sweden, The United Kingdom Liechtenstein, Norway
500 Euros
2 group:  countries with medium cost of living
Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany,  Greece, Spain, Croatia, Cyprus,  Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Iceland,  Turkey
400 Euros
3 group: countries with low cost of living
Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Macedonia
300 Euros
 
 
DEADLINES
 
There are 2 types of deadlines: 
  1. To apply in September for Erasmus+ studies exchange in the current academic year spring semester;
  2. To apply in February for Erasmus+ studies exchange for next academic year autumn or spring semester optionally.
 
HOW IT WORKS
 
Here are the main steps of Erasmus+ studies:
1. Check if you are eligible
 
You may apply for a scholarship to do studies exchange abroad if:
  • you are a degree seeking VGTU student (full time, part time, distance learning)
  • you (will) have positive evaluation of exams when leaving for Erasmus+ studies
  • you have a command of foreign language B+ 
  • you have spent less than 6 months in other Erasmus+ exchanges
  • you have financial capacities to carry out studies abroad
  • you desire the studies experience!
 
2. Find the university (-ies)
 
The receiving partner - higher education institution must be chosen from the list
Please note that each faculty of VGTU has its own partner list! You can choose up to 3 partner institutions.
 
Before you fill the application and apply for a scholarship, you must find out the offered courses (and credits) at partner`s home website and have a consultation with your Faculty Erasmus coordinator about the suitability of courses to your study programme.
 
 
3. Apply for a scholarship and get selected
 
When the courses at the receiving institution are discussed with your faculty Erasmus coordinator, to apply for a scholarship, you have to:
  • Fill and submit the application at www.manovgtu.lt -> Apply for Erasmus+ studies
After the application deadline you will get an e-mail with invitation to an interview which will be the deciding point for granting the scholarship. 
The main criteria for granting a scholarship are: academic achievements, language competence, motivation, study programme. Additionally there may be some other criteria depending on each faculty. 
 
 
4. Get documents signed
 
When you are nominated for Erasmus+ scholarship, you will have to:
  • Sign Learning Agreement and other documents required by receiving institution
  • Make a language test (online)
  • Get insurance (travel, health, accidents)
  • Request the International Study Centre to continue studies abroad (bachelor and master students)
  • Request the PHD department to go abroad (phd students only)
  • Sign Financial Agreement
 
5. Start your studies exchange
 
During studies exchange we will ask you to fill online Registration form.
If there is a need, you will be able to change the courses in first 30 days of your Erasmus+ studies. Learning Agreement changes are possible only with proper documentation.
 
 
6. Get back home
 
Congratulations on finishing your studies exchange! When back home you will have to provide:
  • The hard copy of the Certificate
  • The copy of the Transcript of Records to IRO and the hard copy to your faculty Erasmus coordinator
  • Language test (online, login to OLS again)
  • European Commission's survey (online, sent to your e-mail on the last day of your studies exchange)
  • Request to international study center to resume studies at VGTU
  • Take care of approving your studies exchange at VGTU
 
For more information about studies exchange please contact
Rasa Žiobakaitė, tel: +370 5 274 4957, e-mail: rasa.ziobakaite@vgtu.lt
Saulėtekio av. 11, room 517
 
Consultation hours for students:
I-IV 13-15h., V 9-11 h.
 

Erasmus+ studies in non EU

In the frames of this programme all VGTU students may have study exchange in one of VGTU partner institutions of higher education in one of the programme countries.
 
ELIGIBLE COUNTRIES
 
Programme countries: Chille, Israel, Serbia, Egypt, Morocco, Thailand, Jordan, Kazachstan, etc.
 
The same student may participate in mobility periods totaling up to 12 months per each cycle of study (bachelor, master, and Phd studies). Duration of the Erasmus+ studies in non EU countries is 1 semester (3 months for phd students).
 
Scholarship of 650 eur/month + lump sum for travel is provided. To measure the distance the Tool of European Union is used. Lump sum for travel according to the distance:
 
The distance
Lupm sum eur/person
From 100 to 499 km:
180 eur
From 500 to 1999 km:
275 eur
From 2000 to 2999 km:
360 eur
From 3000 to 3999 km:
530 eur
From 4000 to 7999 km:
820 eur
8000 km and more:
1100 eur
 
 
DEADLINES
 
There are 2 types of deadlines: 
  1. To apply in September for Erasmus+ studies exchange in the current academic year spring semester;
  2. To apply in February for Erasmus+ studies exchange for next academic year autumn or spring semester optionally.
HOW IT WORKS
 
Here are the main steps of Erasmus+ studies:
1. Check if you are eligible
 
You may apply for a scholarship to do studies exchange abroad if:
  • you are a degree seeking VGTU student (full time, part time, distance learning)
  • you (will) have positive evaluation of exams when leaving for Erasmus+ studies
  • you have a command of foreign language B+ 
  • you have spent less than 6 months in other Erasmus+ exchanges
  • you have financial capacities to carry out studies abroad
  • you desire the studies experience!
 
2. Find the university (-ies)
 
The receiving partner - higher education institution must be chosen from the list
Please note that each faculty of VGTU has its own partner list! You can choose up to 3 partner institutions.
 
Before you fill the application and apply for a scholarship, you must find out the offered courses (and credits) at partner`s home website and have a consultation with your Faculty Erasmus coordinator about the suitability of courses to your study programme.
 
 
3. Apply for a scholarship and get selected
 
When the courses at the receiving institution are discussed with your faculty Erasmus coordinator, to apply for a scholarship, you have to:
  • Fill and submit the application at www.manovgtu.lt -> Apply for Erasmus+ studies
After the application deadline you will get an e-mail with invitation to an interview which will be the deciding point for granting the scholarship. 
The main criteria for granting a scholarship are: academic achievements, language competence, motivation, study programme. Additionally there may be some other criteria depending on each faculty. 
 
 
4. Get documents signed
 
When you are nominated for Erasmus+ scholarship, you will have to:
  • Sign Learning Agreement and other documents required by receiving institution
  • Get insurance (travel, health, accidents)
  • Request the International Study Centre to continue studies abroad (bachelor and master students)
  • Request the PHD department to go abroad (phd students only)
  • Sign Financial Agreement
 
5. Start your studies exchange
 
During studies exchange we will ask you to fill online Registration form.
If there is a need, you will be able to change the courses in first 30 days of your Erasmus+ studies. Learning Agreement changes are possible only with proper documentation.
 
 
6. Get back home
 
Congratulations on finishing your studies exchange! When back home you will have to provide:
  • The hard copy of the Certificate
  • The copy of the Transcript of Records to IRO and the hard copy to your faculty Erasmus coordinator
  • European Commission's survey (online, sent to your e-mail on the last day of your studies exchange)
  • Request to international study center to resume studies at VGTU
  • Take care of approving your studies exchange at VGTU
 
For more information about studies exchange please contact
Rasa Žiobakaitė, tel: +370 5 274 4957, e-mail: rasa.ziobakaite@vgtu.lt
Saulėtekio av. 11, room 517
 
Consultation hours for students:
I-IV 13-15h., V 9-11 h.

Erasmus+ internship

VGTU is taking part in Erasmus+ programme and provides an opportunity for students to carry out 2 month internship in Programme countries (longer periods must be justified!). VGTU Internatonal Relations Office (IRO or URD) is assisting students in finding the companies and administrates Erasmus+ scholarships.  
 
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Erasmus+ internship can be: 1) as obligatory internship (embedded) 2) voluntary 3) after graduation.
Erasmus+ internship can be carried out in Programme countries + Turkey, Macedonia, Norway, Lichtenstein, Iceland.
Scholarship varries from 500 eur to 700 eur per month, depending on the country of internship.
Students with health related special needs may apply for additional funding but not later than April 30. 
 
More information about the internships is available at My VGTU -> International opportunities -> Erasmus+ internship (you need to login with your student ID)
 
DEADLINES
There are 3 types of deadlines: 
1) to apply for VGTU partner companies for an internship place - 15th of each month
2) to apply for a scholarship once you have a company  - October 19, December 19, March 19, June 19
3) to apply for a reserve list if you don't have a company and graduate this year - December 9, June 19.
 
HOW IT WORKS
Here are the main steps of Erasmus+ internship
 
1. CHECK IF YOU ARE ELIGIBLE
You may apply for a scholarship to do internship abroad if *:
  • you are a degree seeking VGTU student (full time, part time, distance learning)
  • you (will) have positive evaluation of exams when leaving for internship
  • you have a command of foreign language B+ 
  • you have spent less than 10 months in other Erasmus+ exchanges
  • you have financial capacities to carry out internship abroad
  • you desire the traineeship experience!
*there may be exceptions at faculty level, please ask your Erasmus+ Faculty coordinator
*IRO may refuse to allow you participate in the Programme based on evaluation of your earlier participation results
 
2. FIND A COMPANY
To find a company is the biggest challenge during the whole Erasmus+ internship experience. Please see for the advice at My VGTU -> Internation opportunities -> Erasmus+ internship or follow IRO on Facebook - sometimes we post the request from companies. It is student's responsibility to find the company, fill all relevant documents and get the sigantures needed.
 
3. APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP
Willing to receive Erasmus+ scholarship for your internship, you have to:
  • Fill an online form (the link is in My VGTU)
  • Submit signed and scanned application with additional documents (learning agreement signed by the company, internship superviros and/or Erasmus+ faculty coordnator, your CV, motivation letter) per e-mail to lina.juodyte@vgtu.lt
or
  • You apply via My VGTU -> Apply for Erasmus+ internship and attach all the required documents. 
 
The criteria for granting a scholarship are: academic achievements (10%), language competence (10%), problem solving skills (20%), internship programme (30%),  motivation (30%). Higher priority is given to: 1) students willing to carry out obligatory internship; 2) first time participants in the programme; 3) phd students; 4) proactive students (carry out wide extra curricula activities, ESN mentors, etc). Students who cancelled their previous participation in the programme are listed at the end despite their evaluation score. 
 
4. GET DOCUMENTS SIGNED
When you are nominated for Erasmus+ scholarship, you will have to (templates My VGTU -> Internation opportunities -> Erasmus+ internship):
  • Sign learning agreement
  • Make a language test (online)
  • Get insurance (travel, health, accidents, liability)
  • Request the International Study Centre to continue (practical) studies abroad (bachelor and master students)
  • Request the PHD department to go abroad (phd students only)
  • Sign financial agreement
5. START YOUR INTERNSHIP!
During internship we will ask you to deliver the following documents (templates My VGTU -> Internation opportunities -> Erasmus+ internship)
  • Registration form
  • Interim report
6. SHOULD YOU NEED A CHANGE
When carrying out internship you have certain obligations but it does not mean they cannot be changed. Changes are possible with proper documentation. More information at My VGTU -> Internation opportunities -> Erasmus+ internship.
 
7. GET BACK HOME
Congradulations on finishing your internship! We hope you thanked the hosting company for their efforts to teach you. Have a nice trip back to Lithuania and  
When back home you will have to deliver (templates My VGTU -> Internation opportunities -> Erasmus+ internship):
  • Traineship certificate (2 originals)
  • Final report with pictures or video (per e-mail)
  • Language test (online, login to OLS again)
  • European Commission's survey (online, sent to your e-mail on the last day of your internship)
  • Request to international study centre to resume studies at VGTU
  • Take care of approving your internship at VGTU
VGTU is proud of you taking this important step in your career! We do hope you would like to share your story too! Drop us a line!
 
For more information please contact International Relations Office (URD):
Tel: +370 5 237 0692, e-mail: lina.juodyte@vgtu.lt, FB: Praxis Coordinateur 
Saulėtekio av. 11, room 517
 
Consultation hours for students*:
I-IV 13-15h., V 9-11 h.
 
*If the hours do not suit you, write an e-mail or read FAQ on Erasmus+ internship website.
APPLY FOR ERASMUS+ INTERNSHIP

Success stories

Yusuf Dursun
VVF, BA year 4, University of Economics in Kotowice (Poland), autumn semester 2016-2017
Misunderstandings

First of all, I would like to tell you: from the first day it was very strange to me to come to Poland, Katowice because I have never been here before so what I noticed first was that in Katowice almost nobody speaks English language. It was big problem for me, because I cannot speak Polish language to communicate. Though, I managed to communicate using my body language. I also had some problems with my new mentor: he was not too helpful, he just wrote me before coming to Katowice. I was trying to get some help from him, because before coming to Katowice university sent me an email, that there are no places left in the dormitory, so I had no place to stay. Later on I just reserved a place in a hostel with my friend which also did not have a place in universities dormitory. First months I thought "why I came to Katowice?", but then I found one more hostel to stay for longer time. Anyway, I just wanted to share my problems.
 
University & experience

In university they have high quality education: professors are clever and they motivate you to study more! For me it is the most important part about studying: I did not feel bad waking up in the morning thinking that I need to go to classes. I loved the teaching system in Katowice.

Experience itself was not bad: I have visited almost all historical places in Katowice. But in daily life it was weird: city is small, a lot of disturbing people in the streets. But did I like Katowice? I did! I just have experience now, so trust me when I say, that before going to any country, you should learn a little bit of the language, because around 80% of people in Katowice did not speak English whatsoever.

I recommend this university for people who care about education. There were some lectures where I could learn how to use programs like SPSS, and other lectures gave us some interesting practical experience, like Marketing Management in Services. 
 
Good luck!
Dovilė Gudavičiūtė
VGTU student Erasmus+ traineeship at Funkt LTD (Bulgaria)
I was always a little bit different and crazy in a way, so my family and friends expected something intriguing after asking me which country have I chosen to have my internship in. And of course every time I would say “Bulgaria” to the person whom asks me, I would get a response what a weird and uncommon choice I have made. But Bulgaria has the two things I love the most – big mountains and people with big hearts.
 
This was my first experience in the program Erasmus+, so everything for me was very thrilling and bringing a lot of lessons and experience. First of all, I got an amazing opportunity to work with a creative, young, leading studio in Sofia. Not only did I learn to work in a team and to express myself through the tasks that I was given, but also I found new friends in the environment that I was working in. I was very surprised that my bosses even showed up at my goodbye party. Just imagine, dancing to pop songs with your mentor and the boss!
 
It wasn’t that hard for me to live in Sofia financially, even though it’s the most expensive city in Bulgaria the prices are fairly low compared to the other European cities. There is a common opinion, that a lot of Bulgarians speak Russian, which is completely false. Most of the youth and a big part of the middle aged people speak very good English.  So finding a flat was not a problem, people are keen to foreigners. It is easy to find a room to rent in social media groups. 
 
In Sofia there is always something to do – the city has a lot of galleries and museums and an interesting nightlife. The Bulgarian cuisine is a mix of all types of Balkan dishes. It's rich in proteins but also vegetarian friendly. You can find a lot places to get home-cooked meals which are delicious! The Balkan music scene is crazy, once you see a live playing band you will feel as if you are in a Kusturica’s movie.
 
Describing my Erasmus trip I could write a whole book. Now, after my trip, I am more self-confident and independent person. And I want to encourage those who doubt their wish of going abroad through Erasmus – this opportunity is worth taking! Now I’m sure that only challenging ourselves we can achieve something worth.
 
 
 
Ernesta Rupsyte
VGTU student Erasmus+ traineeship in language school "Inglaterra en Casa" (Spain)
My ERASMUS+ Internship was very spontaneous. I just got a newsletter from Evelina Kutkaitytė and decided to try. In one night I‘ve wrote my CV, portfolio, motivational letter and I started to apply for an internship. Approximately, after 1 week I had an internship place in Spain as an assistant in media team. I worked in summer camps and a summer school in which Spanish children learn English language because the teachers there are native speakers and the rest of the staff do not speak Spanish, as well. By working in this company, I had a chance to see different towns of Spain because summer camps were located in different areas, like Ondara, Benissa, La Nucia. By living in smaller towns, I had a chance to see not just touristic parts of Spain. In addition, I did not needed to pay for my accommodation because the company provides you this. That means that you do not have to spend a lot of money on rent.
 
Talking about work itself, I worked with professional media team, who also worked in the TV of Valencia. Eduardo worked as a professional photographer and cinematographer and Salva worked in a radio station and specializes on social media channels. Both of them taught me useful things, like how to hold a camera to avoid shaky moments, how to edit videos more professionally, how to pick the right music and many other things, which were useful for me because we do not have a course of filming and editing in university. I really enjoyed working with these people, they were fun, although it took some time for me to get used to their Spanish way of communicating by touching and hugging all the time.
 
I had a great summer experience with many great people in sunny Spain. I did not plan this, everything seemed to be scary in the beginning but Evelina from the International Office helped me a lot by saying that everything is going to be OK, and helping to fill the documents.
 
Overall, if I need to say three good things about this program, I could say: 1. Meeting amazing people! 2. Getting more and more self-confident (not just in speaking another language, but traveling alone, introducing yourself to others, etc.) 3. Getting a chance to work with professionals in another country.
 
Sergo Martirosov
VGTU student Erasmus+ traineeship in University of West Bohemia (Czech Republic)
Erasmus+ internship, in which I participated in spring of 2015, took place in Czech Republic, Plzen, University of West Bohemia. My main objective was to help in already started project called ‘NovaHospoda’ (NewTavern) which was a Virtual Reality project “game” made with Unity 3D engine, for alcoholism support therapy. So my tasks included modelling 3D objects, tweaking some environmental aspects, searching for bugs, working with avatarʼs animations and sounds. Also I had some time spent learning programming and different modelling tools like Blender and Google Scketchup and had some pleasure working in Virtual reality lab. During the internship I had different tasks from different areas to accomplish, which taught me a lot, and improved my multitasking and adaptability skills, not to mention I gained good experience, met a lot of new people and learned a bit of Czech language.
Teona Mamasakhlisi
VGTU student Erasmus+ traineeship in Bastion Holdings Ltd. (Malta)
Erasmus Work Placement significantly improved my CV by gaining a lot of work experience in the financial services industry which helps in enhancing my future employment prospects. Before I started my internship in Malta, I felt inferior and scared to work with a group of professional people, however, now I feel that I have improved certain soft skills such as team working and communication skills that are sought after by employers, especially at a graduate level.
 
If you take two graduates with the same good qualifications and personal attributes and one has gained work experience and the other has none, it is likely that the job will go to the person who has experience. In fact after proving myself to the supervisor he offered me a job, I also had the opportunity to go on business trip with my supervisor in Switzerland which helped me also in building a strong client relationship.
 
During my internship, I gained experience in the Funds industry sector as I worked in both the Fund adminstration and the Fund Management department. This gave me a solid work experience both form an accounting perspective as well as from an Investment Portfolio Management. I had to work, and interact everyday with people from Malta which helped me improve my English. Some general skills that this program helped me develop include time management, planning and professionalism.
 
Furthermore, Erasmus Work Placement is not only about work experience but also gaining a cultural competence such as tasting delicious Mediterranean cuisine and visit some of the old churches and historical places this country had to offer. I made a lot of friends and the past 4 months will be unforgettable.
 
I suggest that it’s a must that all students join the Erasmus Work Placement programme as it’s the first step for a successful career.