ERASMUS Competition Selection Rules

  1. ERASMUS+ outgoing mobility study places are assigned to studies at particular universities that have an inter-institutional agreement with our faculty.
  2. ERASMUS+ learning agreements are not signed with students of narrow specializations. The agreements are specified at the programme field level. It should be noted that the fields are conditional, as economics and business management study programmes are "mixed" type: the majority of economics and management-related subjects are taught in both fields. Thus, all the ERASMUS+ outgoing mobility institutions that have partner agreements with the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration are available for students of all our programmes and specializations, provided that a host institution can offer a possibility to arrange a programme that corresponds to student‘s field and cycle.
  3. The study cycles indicated in the ERASMUS+ partner agreements (bachelor, master, PhD) are conditional, but not imperative. Bachelor students can apply to master and PhD places (and vice versa), provided that no suitable candidate at the indicated cycle applies, and partner University agrees to accept the candidate of a different cycle. The selection criteria for a candidate consists of the competitive score (the score formula is provided below). The selected candidates must individually request approval from a host university: this condition is dependent on the candidate's ability to arrange the appropriate (in terms of study cycle and content) study plan.
  4. IMPORTANT! The selection (the decision on allocating the funding for a particular student at a particular host university) is based on the applications to particular higher education institutions (universities). 

Competitive score calculation formula is as follows: CS = 0.5*WGPA + 0.4*ME + 0.1*V.

WGPA: weighted grade point average of the latest two semesters (for bachelor students); bachelor‘s diploma supplement GPA (for first semester master students) or first semester GPA (for second semester master students); GPA of all PhD subjects or master’s diploma supplement GPA (for PhD students). It is recommended to have a GPA of no less than “8” (the compulsory requirement for master students: to submit a bachelor’s or other previous higher education diploma supplements). IMPORTANT: applications of the students with GPA lower than “7” will not be considered.

ME: the assessment of the motivational essay (1-10 points).
The motivational essay criteria:

  • Clear and convincing demonstration of candidate‘s expectations and aspirations in the exchange studies, highlighting the advantages that a candidate would not receive if stayed at VU. Clear motives for choosing a particular host university (universities) and particular studies.
  • The demonstration of candidate‘s traits (skills, experience, knowledge, etc.) that are not reflected in the GPA, but would help evaluate their readiness for studies abroad.

V: student volunteering indicator. It is based on volunteering at helping international students in Lithuania (mentoring, ESN activities, etc.), active participation in VU Student Representation, or other volunteering activities during the past six months before the ERASMUS+ application (the compulsory requirement: a candidate must bring the document proving the volunteering to the competition interview). Volunteering is defined as an individually chosen activity for which no financial consideration is received and which is beneficial to other individuals or groups of people. The participation in clubs, sports events, or other extracurricular activities is not considered unless a candidate volunteers in organizing such events or activities.

5. IMPORTANT! While choosing the host university, make sure that your language level corresponds to the language requirements of the host university.

Candidates that do not correspond with the language requirements will not receive places at chosen host universities.

  1. According to the regulations of the ERASMUS+ program, a student can go for the outgoing mobility for no longer than 12 months per study cycle (provided that a student can go for the studies and/or internships abroad several times at the same study cycle). If a student has participated in the former ERASMUS+ outgoing mobility program for studies and/or internship at the current study cycle, the duration of the previous outgoing mobility is counted into the 12 months of the ERASMUS+ mobility. In the selection competition for ERASMUS+ outgoing studies mobility, the priority is given to students that are going to study abroad for the first time under this mobility program!
  2. Neither bachelor nor master students can apply for outgoing mobility during the last semester of their studies, as this can negatively influence the process of completing the studies.
  3. During the selection process, a candidate cannot fill in, change or specify the data provided in the application form or motivational essay.
  4. The list of selected candidates, together with a selection ranking table, is made public. Every student shall ascertain why they won or did not win the competition. The list of selected candidates includes the information on the scholarships assigned to outgoing mobility at the particular university.
  5. If the capacity of a host university exceeds the number of allocated funded places (scholarships), the places with "zero scholarship" are offered to students that did not win a scholarship but specified the willingness to go for the outgoing mobility with zero funding in the application form.
  6. A candidate that refuses to accept the approved outgoing mobility must provide a free form request, together with documents proving the reasons for refusal. Otherwise, the candidate will be withdrawn from participation in the next semester‘s ERASMUS+ competition.
  7. When the winner of the funded place refuses the outgoing mobility, the funded place is offered to a candidate from the “reserve” list (however, not necessarily at the university they were first selected), or to a candidate with “zero scholarship” that has the highest competition score.
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