Mobility within the context of university exchange programmes
These are programmes that the University or school organises within the scope of agreements with their partners abroad in order to offer their students real international opportunities in line with their studies.
The students will thus develop their skills on previously prepared ground, whether this involves identifying possible host institutions, the academic validation criteria for the stay or financial aid that may be mobilised.
- Europe - ERASMUS
The overall aim of the ERASMUS programme is to strengthen the European aspect in high education by privileging in particular any initiative linked to student and teacher mobility. Since 1987, its founding date, ERASMUS has enabled 1,500,000 youths from Europe (217,000 of which are French) to move abroad and study in Europe. The aim of the new 2007/2013 programme is to double the number of students studying abroad.
This programme, in addition to being a stimulating cultural experience, offers each student a unique opportunity to add a European aspect to his/her course, strengthen his/her skills and qualifications and thus improve, via an increased mobility potential, his/her employment opportunities on both the national and European labour market.
It enables students to perform a study trip and spend 3 months to 1 year in a European partner university and/or an unpaid internship within a company.
The students therefore remain enrolled at their home institution and the period of study is performed based on a three-party agreement: student, home institution and host institution.
The Erasmus student status guarantees the following elements:
• mutual recognition of the partner institutions regarding the content and methods of training in addition to the conditions for staying and being hosted by the host institution,
• guarantee on the recognition of the study trip abroad within the French university course and the allocation of the degree (validation of the study period),
• exoneration from any enrolment fees within the host institution.
This notion of validating the study periods must be insisted upon, as this constitutes a central element to the functioning of the programme. Therefore, the acquisition of a foreign degree does not in itself constitute the aim of this type of mobility.
- Quebec - CREPUQ
The Conférence des Recteurs et des Principaux des Universités du Québec (CREPUQ) is a private body grouping together all university institutions in Quebec and offering the possibility to study for a term, semester or year in a partner university in the Canadian province of Quebec. The studies performed in the host institution are validated in order to obtain the French degree, given that the student achieves satisfactory results.
The CREPUQ student status exonerates students from registration fees in the host institution (for lectures, examinations, use of a laboratory, etc.), however these fees are still owed to the home institution. However, the university may request that the student assumes the costs for insuring and using various pieces of equipment such as photocopiers and laboratory products, etc. on the same grounds as local students.
Canadian academic calendar:
• first term: end of August to end of December,
• second term: beginning of January to end of April,
• third term: beginning of May to end of July (this term is generally not open to CREPUQ students).
- France - CAMPUS FRANCE
Dedicated to international academic and scientific mobility, the Agence CampusFrance operates under the oversight and authority of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, the Ministry of Higher Education and Research and the Ministry of Immigration, Integration, National Identity and Co-Development.
Role and missions:
The aim of CampusFrance is to promote French higher education programmes throughout the world and offer foreign students a pathway to success through access to higher education in France, from the home country to the host country, from the very first piece of information to the stay in France and return to the home country.
This role was accentuated by a recent law dated 27 July 2010, that granted CampusFrance the status of a public institution of an industrial and commercial nature (EPIC). Under its new status, the current Agency will join forces with the EGIDE association, France's leading international mobility coordinator, and assume the international responsibilities of the CNOUS (French national student survey agency). The missions of this new organisation will be as follows:
• The promotion and development of French higher education and professional training abroad, including through regular contact with foreign nationals who have completed all or part of their training in the French education system or French education network abroad.
• Welcoming of foreign students and researchers, in particular providing support in the issue of visas and accommodation, in close cooperation with the universities, schools and other higher education and research institutes, in addition to local governments.
• Management of grants, internships and other international mobility programmes for students and researchers.
• Promotion and development of the higher education programmes offered via new information and communication technologies.
For further information regarding TELECOM Nancy’s international relations, please contact:
Director - International Relations Manager
International Relations Assistant
Telephone: + 33 (0)3 83 68 26 01