Erasmus+ program

The Erasmus+ program promotes and supports international mobility for students (study exchanges or internships), doctoral students, researchers, professors, and staff of higher education institutions. Erasmus+ builds on over 30 years of successful programs provided by the European Union for education, training, and youth and comprises intra-European and international cooperation.
Erasmus+ program

Erasmus+ and École polytechnique

In 2020, École Polytechnique was granted the new Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE) and membership to the Erasmus program for the period 2021-2027. Declaration of École Polytechnique’s international strategy for the Erasmus program 2021-2027.

By signing the Charter, École Polytechnique commits to contributing to the modernization and internationalization of higher education and to respecting the principles and European requirements of the Erasmus Charter, which include:

  • Equal and equitable access and opportunities to current and prospective participants (full respect of the principles of non-discrimination, transparency and
  • Inclusion set out in the Erasmus+ program).
  • Recognition of all credits (ECTS) gained for learning outcomes achieved during study/training abroad carried out in the framework of Erasmus+.
  • Implementation of digital mobility management in line with the technical standards of the European Student Card Initiative.
  • Promotion of environmentally friendly practices in all activities related to the program.
  • Promoting civic engagement and involvement as active citizen before, during and after an international mobility or cooperation project.

École Polytechnique also holds the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education for 2014-2020, which applies to Erasmus projects started in 2020, and is in line with the institution’s international strategy declared upon application.

École Polytechnique Erasmus+ Code: F PALAISE 01
OID Code of the institution: E10208830

The project is funded with the support of the European Commission.

Inclusion et diversity

The Erasmus+ program promotes equal opportunities, inclusion, diversity, and fairness across all its actions. It aims to develop projects that offer equal opportunities, particularly for those candidates who usually have fewer opportunities due to their origins, social, economic, or cultural backgrounds, a disability, or health problems that require particular support.
Hence, the program has set up special mechanisms and resources for these candidates and provides them with additional aid to participate in international mobility opportunities. Candidates with a disability or a long-term illness, or another justified reason, which might hinder mobility, can request a reimbursement of the necessary additional expenses at the Erasmus+ Agency in France.

Sustainable means of transport

The Erasmus+ program calls on higher education institutions to raise awareness of the various actions participants in Erasmus+ projects can take to reduce the carbon and environmental footprint linked to their travels. To encourage participants to choose the most sustainable means of transport to and from their destinations, even though it might cost more, Erasmus+ offers an extra budget for eco-friendly transport.

Erasmus+ grants are distributed within the limits of the credits the Erasmus+ agency in France has allocated to École Polytechnique.

For students - Study exchanges and internships within Europe

École Polytechnique encourages students to participate in academic exchange semesters abroad or complete an internship abroad as part of its degree programs. The School facilitates these international exchanges, and ECTS credits obtained at the host institution abroad can be certified as part of the respective degree program at École Polytechnique.

To support international exchange projects, École Polytechnique can allocate Erasmus+ grants, which cover part of the travel and living expenses abroad, to eligible candidates. For the academic year 2021-2022, the following students are eligible for Erasmus+ grants:

  • Students of the Ingénieur Polytechnicien Program who aim to complete their research internship during Year 3 or their studies during Year 4 abroad,
  • Students of the Bachelor of Science program who plan to study at a partner institution abroad during their 3rd year,
  • Students of the Master of Science & Technology programs who wish to do their internship during the 2nd year outside France. (Applications for an internship in a university laboratory or a start-up linked to a university are considered a priority.)

Application schedules for the Erasmus+ program are published by the International Affairs Office, in coordination with the departments of the degree programs (Bachelor, Ingénieur Polytechnicien, Masters in Science & Technology) and the Career Center (SOIE) with regards to internships.

Currently, the Erasmus+ program comprises 33 program countries (EU member states and associated third countries), considering that the United Kingdom has left the European Union.

The 27 countries of the European Union: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden.

Third countries: Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Northern Macedonia, Turkey, Serbia.

The Erasmus+ mobility grants are calculated based on the expected cost of living in the host country to cover part of the travel and living costs during the exchange period (see rates for study exchanges and internships in the tables below). Students can benefit from an Erasmus+ mobility grant within the limits of the credits allocated to École Polytechnique by the National Erasmus+ Agency in France. The financial aid might be partial and not cover the entire duration.

Additional aids are available for students who choose an eco-friendly means of transport, students who tend to have fewer opportunities, and students with a disability or long-term condition that may impede international mobility.

Further information on the Erasmus+ program is accessible here.

Study exchanges

The International Affairs Office will contact students planning to do an exchange semester at an institution with which École Polytechnique holds an Erasmus+ partnership agreement to provide them with a grant adapted to their stay.
Depending on the destination, the standard rates for the academic year 2021-2022 are €270, €320, or €370 per month (i.e., €9, €10.67, or € 12.33 per day). (see table for internships).

Internships

The internship has to occur in one of the countries mentioned above, participating in the Erasmus+ program (France excepted).
Depending on the available grants, the School can also provide funding for mobilities to destinations outside Europe if they comply with the Erasmus+ program’s conditions and according to the School’s strategic interest.

Eligible applications :

The internship must include at least two months of physical presence. The dates indicated must coincide with the first and the last day requiring mandatory presence at the host organization. The internship must be validated as part of the degree program (number of ECTS). During a break and not as part of a given degree program, international mobilities are not eligible for Erasmus+ funding.

Internships within a European institution or an organization financed by European funds are not eligible for Erasmus+ grants. (http://europa.eu/about-eu/institutions-bodies/index_fr.htm).

Amount of the financial aid:

The amount of financial aid gets calculated according to the duration and the cost of living in the country where the exchange will occur. The aid may be partial and may not cover the entire duration.

For 2022, the following rates apply:
(These rates include €150 more per month than the rates provided for study exchanges.)

  Destinations amount per month amount per day
Group 1 Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Sweden, Liechtenstein, Norway €520 €17.33
Group 2 Austria, Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Greece, Spain, Cyprus, Netherlands, Malta, Portugal €470 €15.67
Group 3 Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland, Republic of Northern Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey €420 €14.00

 

Additional aids can be allocated:

To students choosing sustainable means of transport A supplement of €50 and up to four extra days per return journey
To students who have fewer opportunities A supplement of €250 per month
In case of a handicap or long-term illness, which makes international mobility more difficult Supplement established upon submission of the application to the French Agency of Erasmus+

 

International mobility with Erasmus+ partner countries outside Europe

Students, professors, and researchers can also benefit from financial support (mobility grant and travel support) for academic exchange in countries outside the traditional Erasmus program.

École Polytechnique currently offers mobility grants to study or work on a specific project at partner universities in Israel and Iran. These grants are linked to specific scientific fields, as indicated in the table below. 

Country Scientific fields Partner institution
Israel
  • Mathematics
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Physics

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI)

Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

Iran
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Amirkabir University of Technology (AUT)

Each mobility grant is allocated for the first to the last day of mandatory presence at the host institution (or at École Polytechnique, for incoming mobility), that is €850 per month for incoming mobility to France and €700 per month for outgoing mobility to Iran or Israel. The grants include a contribution to travel expenses, calculated according to the distance (kilometers) between the place of departure and the host institution. 

The minimum term for a study exchange abroad or an internship is 2 months. The maximum term for international mobility is 12 months per student, per cycle (Bachelor, Master, PhD).

International mobility – opportunities for researchers and professors

Erasmus+ grants are available to professors and researchers at École Polytechnique to accompany them in their international experience. The mobility grants cover part of the travel and living expenses abroad and can be allocated to teaching or training abroad (for a period of several days and up to two months). Grants are distributed within the limits of the funds allocated to École Polytechnique by the French Erasmus+ Agency. 

International mobility – opportunities for doctoral students and postdocs

École Polytechnique also encourages doctoral candidates and recent graduates (postdocs) to benefit from international experience to meet diverse training needs and hence offers mobility grants to support global projects linked to their specific research fields. Grants can be distributed within the limits of the funds allocated to École Polytechnique by the French Erasmus+ Agency.  

Further information is available in the respective section on the website of Institut Polytechnique de Paris

International mobility – opportunities for staff

École Polytechnique’s staff members and also visiting staff members from other institutions can benefit from Erasmus+ grants for international mobility projects. To ensure quality and best benefits for the participant, the planned activity abroad must be linked to his/her professional development and meet his/her needs in terms of training and personal development. The following activities are eligible for Erasmus+ grants:

  • Teaching at an academic partner institution abroad (please refer to the section “International mobility – opportunities for researchers and professors”),
  • Training at an academic partner institution or company abroad,
  • the activity can also consist of training sessions (other than conferences, which do not count as training sessions), or observation periods related to the profession of the applicant. It can also combine different of the above-listed activities.

Moreover, École Polytechnique staff members can benefit from Erasmus+ to visit their counterparts at EuroTeQ Engineering University’s academic partner institutions to support international collaboration across departments.