ERASMUS is a programme financed by the European Union. It proposes means to support European activities in higher education establishments, particularly the mobility and exchange of students and teachers. It was created in 1987 with the general aim to make the knowledge economy in the European Union more competitive.
THE ERASMUS STUDY YEAR
Epitech has concluded ERASMUS agreements with the following institutions:
- Griffith Dublin College
- Roskilde University (RUC)
- Stockholms University
- Jönköping University
- Universidad de Cadíz
- Universidad de Huelva
- Laurea University of Applied Sciences
- The Hague University of Applied Sciences
- University of Kent
- and others...
Thanks to these agreements, students previously selected by Epitech can, under certain conditions, benefit from an ERASMUS grant.
The ERASMUS mobility takes place in one of the 33 European countries which take part in the programme:
- In the 27 member states of the European Union : Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, United Kingdom.
- • In the states of the European Economic Area (EEA) : Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland
- • In two states in the process of joining the European Union : Croatia, Turkey
Since Epitech is part of the extended ERASMUS charter, it also favours its students’ mobility in European companies. It is also possible for the students to obtain benefits to carry out their internships in the European zone. Thanks to this charter, Epitech is able to increase the opportunities offered to students and teachers with regard to academic European cooperation and it is a chance for everybody to have financial support for mobility.
EPITECH’S INTERNATIONAL STRATEGY
Epitech is one of the 20 schools and bodies of the IONIS Group, which is the top private higher education group of teaching institutions in France. The Group’s strategy is internationalisation in a cross-disciplinary way: developing university partnerships, exchanges for teachers/students, obligation to learn English, international projects. IONIS has more than 250 agreements across the world and each school, according to its specific teaching methods, builds up strong links with universities abroad. Epitech has notably developed cooperation agreements with 39 universities around the world.
Epitech takes it upon itself to propose a large diversity of destinations to its students so that they can develop new competences in a different cultural context. The number of courses taught in English offered to the non-Anglophone institutions is a very important factor as we wish to offer the maximum flexibility to our students in terms of choice of courses. These institutions should try and meet the expectations of our students as far as possible as our teaching methods cut us off from the traditional model. Epitech also places importance on the position of the school at the national and international level as the reputation of the institution constitutes a determining factor in the students’ choice of destination. Epitech targets the programmes of the second cycle regarding the incoming and outgoing mobility. Partners with a greater maturity can succeed in providing a double diploma which will enable the students to obtain a second certificate upon leaving Epitech.
By adhering to the ERASMUS Programme, Epitech wishes to encourage the mobility of its students and favour equality of opportunities, whether it be for study visits or for internships. Epitech’s modernisation is part of its internationalisation policy and has included the international dimension in its course, which is an essential aspect. The partnerships that have been created each have their own specificities so as to be able to propose a real orientation choice. Apart from mastering the English language, this experience responds to a growing need of computer scientists to be receptive to an international culture as early as possible in their professional life. IT careers now require international experience so as to reach the highest level. However, the opportunities to improve one’s CV by adding this experience become rarer once launched into working life. In this context, the partnerships put in place are key to the students in preparation of their careers. Another of Epitech’s ambitions is to become a top international player for the development of its project-based teaching methods. At the dawn of a new decade, Epitech wishes to train experts capable of being involved in an internationalised world and is thus developing an advanced multicultural framework.
MOBILITY OF TEACHING
In the framework of the ERASMUS programme, our teachers also have the possibility of teaching in another European country.
Epitech applies the ECTS credits system:
- Bachelor = 180 ECTS for years 1, 2 and 3
- Master = 120 ECTS for years 4 and 5
During the year abroad, the transfer of credits is based on results obtained from the partnership university. The students receive a mark sheet at the end of the semester that takes into account the credits that are validated.