Students’ Mobility

Erasmus+ offers students the possibility of carrying out a period of study in a European Higher Education Institution (HEI), with full academic recognition, or a curricular or professional internship either in an HEI or in a European company.
All students at Universidade Aberta can express their interest in participating in the Erasmus+RASMUS+ program, including students who have participated in the past.The same student can participate in mobility periods that total up to 12 months of physical mobility by study cycle.

  • Study at a European university, between 3 and 9 months (Student Mobility for Studies – SMS);
  • Carry out a curricular or extracurricular internship in a company or organization, public or private, active in the labor market or in the fields of education, training, and youth, between 2 to 12 months (Student Mobility for Traineeships – SMT);
  • Carry out a professional internship right after completing the degree, up to 1 year after the graduation date, between 2 to 12 months (SMT). Students can also combine modalities 1 and 2, even in the same academic year, as long as they are separated by at least one day.

Universidade Aberta’ students wishing to undertake an Erasmus+ mobility must have their fees settled.

In the 1st study cycle, students must also have completed 60 ECTS.

Tuition fees are paid to Universidade Aberta.

As an Erasmus+ student, you can also apply for a mobility scholarship to support travel, accommodation and daily expenses arising from the fact that the study/internship period takes place abroad. 90% of this scholarship is attributed before the mobility. The remaining 10% are transferred after filling out the Erasmus+ report.

Students that apply for a mobility are automatically eligible to receive a scholarship.

Erasmus mobility can take place without the attribution of Erasmus+ funding, that is, with “zero scholarship”. In this situation, the student continues to benefit from all the conditions and rights of participation in the Program (that is, non-payment of tuition fees at the host institution and access to its services during the Erasmus mobility period).

The value of the scholarships is defined by the European Commission and by the Erasmus+ National Agency, according to the cost of living that divides countries into three groups:

1. Consult the list of Erasmus Interinstitutional Agreements of Universidade Aberta and check which agreements cover your area of ​​study;

2. Define the semester(s) of your stay abroad, considering the application dates defined by the host institution. It is important not to forget that the period cannot be shorter than 2 months, nor longer than one academic year;

3. Fill in the application form for student departure and send it to the Communication and International Relations Office (GCRI) – gcri@uab.pt;

4. After the application’s approval, 2 documents are prepared:

  • The learning agreement, in which the equivalences between the course units of Universidade Aberta and those of the host institution are defined;
  • The Erasmus+ contract that establishes the value of the scholarship. Students with special needs can apply for financial support granted by the National Erasmus+ Agency;

5. For receiving the Erasmus+ scholarship, students are required to send the following data to the GCRI:

  • VAT number – or “NIF”;
  • Bank identification number – or “NIB”.

1. Find a host institution (university, company, etc.), and get in touch to find out if they accept your internship proposal (the Erasmus Useful Links page provides links to websites that help in this task);

2. Fill out the application form for student departure and send it to the Communication and International Relations Office (GCRI) – gcri@uab.pt;

3. After the application’s approval, 2 documents are prepared:

  • the training agreement, in which the work program is established;
  • the Erasmus+ contract that establishes the value of the scholarship; students with special needs can apply for financial support granted by the Erasmus+ National Agency;

4. For receiving the Erasmus+ scholarship, students are required to send the following data to the GCRI:

  • VAT number – or “NIF”;
  • Bank identification number – or “NIB”.

At Universidade Aberta, the preferred application periods are:

  • June, for the first semester;
  • November, for the second semester.

Erasmus+ students receive free online language support (OLS) provided by the European Commission. Although not mandatory, students normally choose the language that will be used to study or intern.

This support consists of a language assessment test on the language of your choice, followed by the attendance of an online course to improve your knowledge of the foreign language. At the end of the mobility, the student needs to answer a final evaluation test.

The results obtained in the language tests have no impact on the mobility process.

Online Language Support (OLS)

Erasmus+ students are recommended to have travel and health insurances. On the case of health insurance, the European Health Card will be enough.

If it is an internship mobility, students are also required to have a civil responsibility and work accident insurance (covering damaged caused by the student at the internship location). This insurance is usually offered by the host institution, otherwise the student must be the one to subscribe to it.

Students are required to send to Universidade Aberta the declaration of arrival signed by the host institution.

At the end of the mobility students are required to fill out an Erasmus+ report and for that they will receive an automatic message.

Besides, students are required to send to Universidade Aberta the following documents:

  • Mobility for studies: declaration of departure and transcript of records (ToR) issued by the host university;
  • Mobility for internships: declaration of stay issued by the host institution and learning agreement for traineeships signed by the academic responsible at the host institution.

If a student fails one course unit, the equivalence at Universidade Aberta will not be attributed. In this case, the student can complete the course unit at the appeal and special periods after finishing the mobility period.

If a student fails all course units during the period of studies, the Erasmus+ scholarship has to be refunded.


Outgoing students application form

Online Learning Agreement

Erasmus Inter-institutional Agreements


Further information, please contact the Communication and International Relations Office | gcri@uab.pt