JAMK Erasmus code: SF JYVASKY11

JAMK Erasmus University Charter number: 29483-IC-1-2007-1-FI-ERASMUS-EUCX-1

Erasmus+ Programme in general

Erasmus+  for Higher Education is part of the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union and its aim is to promote cooperation between European institutions of higher education as well as student-, teacher- and expert exchange between the institutions. The programme also promotes cooperation and mobility between institutions of higher education and the working life (e.g. internship exchanges).

The Erasmus+ programme consists of several different functions, one of which is mobility. Mobility includes student, teacher and staff exchanges. Erasmus+ student mobility includes both student exchanges and practical training with a duration of 3 to 12 months in countries which participate in the Erasmus+ programme. Every year JAMK sends out and receives hundreds of Erasmus+ exchange students. Teacher and staff mobility includes teaching and other assignments in countries which participate in the Erasmus+ programme.

At JAMK, Erasmus+ is one of the focal exchange programmes as well as sources of funding for mobility. At the national level, the Erasmus+ programme and funding is coordinated by The Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI) and at JAMK level, by the International Services. The International Services applies annually for Erasmus+ funding awarded by the European Commission for student-, practical training-, staff-, and teacher mobility and reports to EDUFI about the use of these funds. In addition, the International Services administers the mobility agreements between JAMK and the partner institutions which are integral to the programme.

Results of Erasmus+ mobility at JAMK

In the Erasmus+ programme we are among the most funded higher education institutions in Finland. Furthermore, we have been recognised for our successful execution of the programme by the Finnish National Agency EDUFI and the European commission.

In recent years especially our Erasmus+ staff mobility has notably increased thanks to our active campaigning. Consequently, this success story was released in the publication of the European Commission Supporting reform: the role of Erasmus in higher education in late 2013. We were also awarded with Erasmus Golden Award for Excellence 2013, first place in quality and staff mobility in Europe.

The National Erasmus Agency EDUFI made a follow-up visit to JAMK related to the implementation of the Erasmus+ programme. The results were very positive: we got good feedback on e.g. the transparency of the mobility processes, number of students and staff participating in the programme, managing the funding and in overall the successful implementation of the programme.

Erasmus+ Partners

A list of JAMK's international partners can be found here. Partners located in Europe are usually Erasmus+ partners.

Teachers and experts coming to JAMK through the Erasmus+ programme

Every year JAMK receives several teachers and other experts through the Erasmus+ programme. Their Erasmus+ grant is paid by their home institution. However, JAMK can award an Erasmus+ grant to business-based lecturers who have been invited to teach at JAMK. A business is a rather loose definition in the Erasmus+ programme; it can be a company, research centre, family business, association or a freelancer.

Erasmus+ staff and teacher mobility

Through the Erasmus+ programme, the staff at JAMK can go to work abroad at JAMK’s European partner institutions or at businesses/organisations in the EU area (including Turkey, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Croatia and Switzerland).

Teaching duties at a partner institution require a valid mobility agreement between JAMK and the partner institution. For staff mobility (other than teaching) the agreement is not needed.

The duration of the working abroad period can vary from 1 to 6 weeks. In teacher exchange the minimum requirement is 8 hours of teaching at the partner institution.

Instructions for applying to Erasmus+ staff and teacher exchanges can be found on the staff intranet (requires a username and password).

Erasmus+ student mobility for JAMK students

Through the Erasmus+ programme, JAMK students can apply for:

  • Student exchange supported with an Erasmus+ grant to JAMK’s partner institutions with which JAMK has an Erasmus+ exchange agreement. The exchange period can be either one or two semesters, and the actual duration can vary from 3 to 12 months according to the academic calendar at the host institution.

  • Practical training supported with an Erasmus+ grant to businesses, organisations, associations etc. (excluding EU organisations and organisations administering EU programmes as well as diplomatic missions of the student’s home country located abroad). In Erasmus+ practical trainings students are supposed to find the practical training place  independently (excluding practical training for students of the School of Health Social Studies, who can usually take advantage of readymade agreements when looking for a place for practical training). The minimum duration of Erasmus+ practical training is 2 months.

Instructions for applying to Erasmus+ student exchange and practical training period can be found on the student intranet in section Internationalisation through studies (requires a username and password).

Incoming Erasmus+ students

Through the Erasmus+ programme, students of JAMK’s Erasmus+ partner institutions can apply for:

  • Study exchange to JAMK supported with their own institution’s Erasmus+ grant. The exchange period can be either one or two semesters. The duration of one semester at JAMK is 4 months. The autumn semester starts at the end of August and ends towards the end of December, and the spring semester starts at the beginning of January and ends around the beginning of May.

  • Practical training to/via JAMK supported with their own institution’s Erasmus+ grant (presuming that the student inquires about the possibility for practical training exchange from JAMK’s International Coordinator beforehand).

Students who would like to come to JAMK as Erasmus+ students should first contact their home institution's International Office/International Coordinator. After that students can apply for an exchange period at JAMK. Instructions for applying can be found here.

Further Information about Erasmus+

More information about Erasmus+-programme is available at the website of the European Commission.

Further information about Erasmus mobility programme at JAMK can be enquired from the International Services.