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Erasmus and Kosovo: Different ways how you can be involved within the Erasmus family

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Erasmus and Kosovo


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Kosovo Higher Education Institutions take an active part in Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility action since 2015. All students have access to international exchange opportunities, whether through study visits or work experience. International exchanges for students, which are awarded on the basis of academic performance and participation, are a key motivating factor for many students, and help to contribute to the international atmosphere of the Institutions.

Erasmus+ is open to many individuals and organizations, although eligibility varies from one action to another and from one country to another.

Individuals can take part in many of the opportunities funded by Erasmus+. , although mMost will have to do so through an organization taking part in the programme.

Eligible countries are divided into two groups,: Programme countries and Partners countries. Although Programme countries are eligible for all actions of Erasmus+, Partner countries can only take part in some, and are subject to specific conditions.

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Currently, Kosovo can take advantage of four Erasmus+ components: International Credit Mobility for students and academic staff; scholarships for Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees; capacity building and Jean Monnet Activities to promote excellence in teaching and research in the field of EU studies worldwide.

For example, the University of Pristina (UP) has created partnerships with universities all over Europe,according to Lumnije Bajrami, Director of the Office for International Relations at UP.

BOX: So far, 1,341 participants from Kosovo have taken part in International Credit Mobility, whereas 647 participants from other European countries came to Kosovo.

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Testimonials


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Read here the experience of Granit Brajshori, Sanja Mrkic and Edi Malushi, part of Erasmus+ experiences.

Do you need more testimonials?

Check here the interview with Granit Retkoceri and Dunja Veljkovic.
And there’s more… Check the interview with some of the Erasmus+ benefiters.

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WHAT IS THE ERASMUS PROGRAMME AND WHO WAS ERASMUS HIMSELF?


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The Erasmus Programme (European Community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students) is a European Union (EU) student exchange programme established in 1987. Erasmus+ , or Erasmus Plus, is the new programme combining all the EU’s current schemes for education, training, youth and sport,which was started in January 2014.

The Erasmus Programme, together with a number of other independent programmes, was incorporated into the Socrates programme established by the European Commission in 1994. The Socrates programme ended on 31 December 1999 and was replaced with the Socrates II programme on 24 January 2000, which in turn was replaced by the Lifelong Learning Programme 2007–2013 on 1 January 2007.

The programme is named after the Dutch philosopher, theologian, Renaissance Humanist, monk, and devout Roman Catholic, Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam, called “the crowning glory of the Christian humanists”. Erasmus, along with his good friend Thomas More, became the center of European intellectual life during the Renaissance.Using humanist techniques for working on texts, he prepared important new Latin and Greek editions of the New Testament , which raised questions that would be influential in the Protestant Reformation and Catholic Counter-Reformation . He also wrote On Free Will , [5] In Praise of Folly , Handbook of a Christian Knight , On Civility in Children, Copia: Foundations of the Abundant Style , Julius Exclusus , and many other works.

QUIZ : Erasmus Hall Academy, a private institution of higher learning named after Erasmus, is located in


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A) Brussels

B) London

C) New York City

D) Netherlands

CULTURAL PHENOMENON


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For many European students, the Erasmus Programme is their first time living and studying in another country. Hence, it has become a cultural phenomenon and is very popular among European students.

There is a movie regarding Erasmus experience. Most of the characters in the movie L’Auberge Espagnole are enrolled in the Erasmus programme and the programme plays a central role in the plot.

The online public forum cafébabel was founded in 2001 by Erasmus exchange programme students, andis headquartered in Paris. The forum is based on the principle of participatory journalism. As of July 2013 it had over 16,000 registered members, up to 1,500 contributors and 20 ‘local offices’ writing about Europe as they see it. Volunteer contributors simultaneously translate the forum into six languages –French, English, German, Italian, Spanish and Polish.

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FOLLOW UP:


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Different Universities in Kosovo have a collaboration with Erasmus+ Projects. You have to contact these Universities directly.

To contact the focal point for Erasmus+ Projects in Kosovo, check here. Here you can also find different information regarding applications, different open calls and brand new information on different opportunities for your future career.

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The EU continues to assist Kosovo in realizing its EU agenda, including through a strengthened presence in Kosovo.

The EU Office also plays a key role in the implementation of the EU’s substantial financial assistance to Kosovo.

Find out more about EU Office in Kosovo by clicking here.

Located at the centre of Pristina and North Mitrovica, the EU Information and Cultural Centre is a place where citizens can come to meet and discuss as well as seek information on the European Union. The EUICC provides information on European Union, its institutions and policies, various EU grants and projects for Kosovo, and Kosovo’s road towards EU Integration.