Student mobility for practice – outgoing students holding the education and qualification degree “Bachelor”, “ Master” and the education and science degree “ Doctor”
General information about the program
The Erasmus + program provides opportunities for students, PhD students and recent graduates to realize a period of mobility with the purpose of practice in order to gain work experience in an enterprise or organization in another country participating in the Program. Mobility aims to help students adapt to the requirements of the labor market, to master specific skills and to improve the economic, social and cultural understanding of the country concerned in the context of the acquisition of practical experience.
Student mobility for practice is an internship / practice in an enterprise or other workplace abroad. To ensure a high quality of activities with maximum impact on students and PhD students, the practice must necessarily correspond to the field of knowledge (the specialty of the student / doctoral student).
The purpose of the mobility is to acquire specific practical skills in the student's / doctoral degree. Activities that fall within the scope of “mobility for training” are not allowed.
The practice can be realized in the three levels of study (Bachelor, Master and Doctoral) of 2 to 12 months for each degree. Recent university graduates can participate in this type of mobility, but the application must be completed while the participants still have student rights and the practice is to be completed within one year of their completion.
Students / PhD students whose student mobility for practice is part of the curriculum receive full recognition of the mobility period based on the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Recognition of mobility is based on the Learning Agreement of Traineeships, approved by all parties to it before the start of the mobility period. In cases where the practice is not part of the student's / PhD student's curriculum, IBS recognizes the mobility by entering it in the diploma application.
Who can participate?
The right to participate in the student mobility with the purpose of practice have all current students and PhD students in their full-time, part-time and distance learning form of study at IBS, which are:
- nationals of a country participating in the Erasmus + Program;
- enrolled in training, leading to the Bachelor, Master or Doctor degrees;
- have an average grade of up to now - not lower than "Very good 4.50";
- recent graduates may participate in mobility for practice under the following conditions: - the selection for such mobility must be made in the final year of the training while the student has student rights (until the first date for a state examination or defense of a Master's thesis) and may take place within one year of graduation; - during his / her training for the education and qualification degree, after which practice will be carried out, the student should NOT have used all the 12 months he / she has for mobility;
- students enrolled for training at the IBS with refugee status, stateless persons or permanent foreign residents;
- students who do not have refugee status, stateless persons or permanent foreign residents in a country participating in the program can make mobility in case of vacancies and unused funds.
Duration of the mobility for practice
The minimum duration of the student mobility-for-practice period is 2 months, and the maximum duration is 12 months. The European Commission rule states that the total length of the mobility for training and the mobility for practice cannot exceed 12 months for an education and qualification degree.
• Example: A student in a Bachelor's degree who has participated in mobility for learning or for a 6-month mobility-for- practice period can apply for mobility for practice for up to 6 months.
Where can practice be implemented?
Students / PhD students can practice Erasmus + in the following legitimate countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Cyprus, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Hungary, Finland, France, The Netherlands, Croatia, Czech Republic, Sweden, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey, Macedonia.
An Erasmus + employer can be: - a higher education institution awarded the Erasmus Charter; - any public or private organization offering job opportunities, for example:
- public or private small, medium or large enterprise (including social enterprises);
- local, regional or national public institution;
- social partner or other organization such as a Chamber of Commerce, a branch / professional organization and a trade union;
- research institute;
- school, an institute, a training center (at all levels, including vocational education and adult education);
- non-governmental organization, an association;
- institution for career development, career guidance and information services.
Important: mobility for practice is not allowed in: EU institutions or other EU bodies, incl. specialized agencies (an exhaustive list is available on the website ec.europa.eu/institutions/index_en.htm), diplomatic representations, organizations that run EU programs (e.g. National Agencies) in order to avoid conflicts of interest and / or double funding.
Financial support – Grant
What is Erasmus + student mobility grant? The Grant is a financial aid aimed at supporting additional mobility costs caused by differences in living expenses abroad. The grant is not a scholarship, it does not provide for full coverage of mobility costs and is calculated as a monthly rate. When signing a practice agreement, students / PhD students are entitled to a "student grant" to support them during the training period.
The Erasmus + grant is allotted according to three groups of countries (low, medium and high standard of living) and depends on the country in which the mobility will take place. It is fixed and cannot be reduced or enlarged. It is allocated for a real stay – the number of calendar days;
List of maximum grants per country:
- 700 EUR per month - Denmark, Ireland, France, Italy, Austria, Sweden, Great Britain, Liechtenstein, Norway (GROUP 1)
- 700 EUR per month - Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Spain, Croatia, Cyprus, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Iceland, Turkey (GROUP 2)
- 650 EUR per month - Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Republic of Macedonia (GROUP 3)
Host employers can offer remuneration, apart from the Erasmus + grant, at their discretion.
The student / doctoral student have the right to receive funding from other sources than the European funds.
For the period of the practice the student / doctoral student is not exempt from the obligation to pay training fees at the IBS.
What is "Zero grant" mobility or "Zero European funding"?
The "Zero grant" Erasmus students are eligible for mobility for practice. These are students who meet all the criteria and benefit from all the privileges of Erasmus students but do not receive an EU grant for mobility. The Program rules, with the exception of those related to the financial support, also apply to the "Zero grant" students.
Health insurance and insurance
You should have a European Health Insurance Card to ensure and facilitate access during mobility to free medical treatment in the host country when it is a EU or EEA member. The European Health Insurance Card does not cover specific medical interventions and the Erasmus student should be directed to contract additional insurance if such a need exists. The ISB has the right to monitor whether the student has done all the necessary insurance under the national law of the host country. The payment of the insurance is done with funds from the individual grant of the student.
Period of practice
1 September 2016 - 30 September 2017
What is Online Linguistic Support?
The Online Language Support Platform (OLS) is designed to help the Erasmus participants to improve their language proficiency in the host university before and during their stay abroad in order to increase the quality of the mobility for practice. Since the lack of language competence is a major obstacle for participants to take advantage of the student mobility, OLS makes language support accessible, flexible and easy.
• Before mobility: As an Erasmus student, you must definitely do the first test to assess your language competencies. The test results will not prevent you from carrying out the mobility but can be used by the IBS to identify the participants who most need linguistic support. Depending on the level of their language proficiency, the participants have the opportunity to take an online language course on the OLS platform before and during mobility. This condition should be further specified between the participant and the IBS.
• After mobility: You must do a second language test to assess the progress achieved during mobility.
• What happens to the results of the language tests: Only you and the IBS receive the results of the tests.
Provision of accommodation
If the host country does not offer accommodation, it is necessary for students to seek accommodation in time. Accommodation options: https://eurasmus.com/en/
Search for internships / practice:
Students / PhD students have to look for an employer themselves to practice the mobility program. Opportunities to find the right position:
- http://www.eurexchange.com/exchange-en/trading/trader- development-program
- http://europa.eu/about-eu/working- eu-institutions/traineeships/index_bg.htm
Applying, implementing and reporting the mobility
The right to apply have all students in their 2, 3 and 4 year of study of the education and qualification degree “Bachelor”, all students of the education and qualification degree “Master” and all PhD students in full-time, part-time or distance learning form of study.
- Application form;
- Curriculum Vitae in Bulgarian and English;
- Cover letter in English on "Why do I choose the student mobility for practice with the designated employer?";
- Academic reference / certificate of the average grade, certified by the “School administration";
- Invitation letter and a general letter from the employer – an original or a scanned copy;
- Declaration of legitimacy from the employer;
- Copy of documents certifying the language competence, according to the requirements of the employer;
- Declaration of previous participation in the Erasmus program.
Candidates are selected in two stages:
Stage 1: Administrative scrutiny of the submitted documents in terms of their completeness and eligibility for applicants and employers - carried out by the Selection Committee at IBS.
Stage 2: Ranking of candidates: The ranking is based on a complex assessment of motivation, the level of proficiency of the language of the internship in the host institution and the average grade at the time of applying for the mobility for practice purposes. Those who will benefit from the ranking will be students/PhD students wishing to participate for the first time in the program.
The detailed selection procedure for candidates can be found HERE.
Implementing the mobility
Before departure documents:
- Individual contract;
- Learning Agreement of Traineeship - the "before mobility" part;
- Power of Attorney;
- Bank account details of the student / doctoral student;
- Privacy Statement;
- Online test for assessing linguistic knowledge;
During Mobility Documents:
- Arrival Certificate - sent by e-mail with the signature and seal by the employer;
- Learning Agreement of Traineeship - the part "during mobility" - filled in only if there are changes in the pre-approved program;
Reporting on the mobility
Post Mobility Documents:
- Departure Certificate - signed and stamped by the employer. Both documents (Arrival Certificate and Departure Certificate) should be presented in original after the return of the student / doctoral student;
- Learning Agreement of Traineeship - the "Post Mobility" section or the so-called Traineeship Certificate;
- Transcript of Works - completed, signed and stamped by the employer and presented in the original;
- Airline tickets and boarding passes;
- Online test for assessing the linguistic knowledge;
- Erasmus + final report - the final report will be sent to the student / doctoral student by the European Commission. It must be completed within 10 days of its dispatch. In the event it is not filled in, the Commission may impose a partial or a full refund of the grant received
- Bank statement of the received grant
Contacts for additional information:
International Development and Cooperation Department - Erasmus office
Erasmus coordinator: Ralitsa Ilieva
T: +359 2 400 16 36
More information on the conditions of the Erasmus + program - mobility for practice HERE.
General letter from the employer
Employer's Declaration of Legitimacy
Declaration of previous Erasmus participation
Learning Agreement for Traineeship