ERASMUS AND CLUSTER
The Erasmus Programme provides students with the opportunity to study at one of our partner Universities for a full academic year or for the second semester. Students can go to one of the universities in the CLUSTER Network or one of our other high calibre University partners.
CLUSTER (Consortium Linking Universities of Science and Technology for Education and Research) is a consortium of 12 elite European Universities in Science and Engineering. The Cluster Programme provides students with the opportunity do an Erasmus year or second semester at one of our partner Universities. Details on available programmes can be found here: http://www.cluster.org/students.
Belgium: Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Belgium: Universite Catholique de Louvain
Finland: Aalto University
France: Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble (Groupe Grenoble INP)
Germany: Karlsruher Institut für Technologie
Germany: Technische Universität Darmstadt
Italy: Politecnico di Torino
Netherlands: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
Portugal: Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, Instituto Superior Técnico (Mech Eng only)
Spain: Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya (Civil Eng only)
Sweden: Kungliga Tekniska Hogskolan Stockholm
Switzerland: École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Additional Erasmus Destinations
Italy: University of Ferrara (Civil Eng only)
France: Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon – INSA (suitable for Mech, Civil, Computer and Elec Eng)
Spain: Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Erasmus Work Placement - 4E4 Internship) (Civil Eng only)
Spain: University of Barcelona (Bio Eng only)
Spain: University of Granada ( Civil Eng only)
Austria: University of Leoben (most suitable for Mechanical)
Step 1: Research your options
Please read the Engineering exchange guidance and regulations. We also recommend reading the Frequently asked questions. Research the course offerings for exchange students at the universities you are interested in and be sure to inform yourself about availability of suitable modules that fulfil any pre-requisites for 5th year modules you wish to take. Having all research your preferred exchange options, discuss these with your department coordinators to decide if an Erasmus Exchange is suitable for you and to get advice.
Step 2: Apply directly to the Engineering School for an Erasmus nomination
Applications must be made to the Engineering School using the official application form and additional required documentation listed:
- Application form
- Short motivational Letter (500 words max)
- CV (2 pages max)
- Signed declaration
- Transcript or printout of results from the my.tcd portal, verified by your Department with stamp/signature.
Please submit all documentation together in an email to InternationalEng@tcd.ie. Deadline: 10am, Wednesday 1st February 2017Handwritten, incomplete or late applications will not be accepted. The Engineering School International Committee will review applications and alert successful nominees within 2 weeks.
The purpose of this application is to secure a nomination for an exchange place. (Students who are successful in being nominated will then have to formally submit an application to the Erasmus office in Trinity (Step 3) and subsequently will be required to make a separate application to the host university.(Step 4))
Step 3: If nominated, Apply for an Erasmus grant through the Erasmus office
If you are successful in securing a nomination, you will then apply for Erasmus funding step via the Erasmus office application link. (Deadlines: For online application Monday 15th February 2017 and for paper application 20th February 2017).
Step 4: If nominated: Apply to Host University for an Exchange Place
Successfully nominated students must then apply to the host university. (Deadlines varies between Universities, but are usually between April and June).
There is funding available for those participating in an Erasmus exchange programme. All EU students qualify for an Erasmus Mobility Grant which covers some living expenses. Countries are banded depending on the cost of living there, with higher grants given to those studying in more expensive countries.
For 2015/16, the grants were as shown below. These are subject to change annually. For the most up-to-date grant values, please contact Andrew in the Erasmus office.
Group 1: Programme countries with higher living costs Studies: € 270 per month, Traineeships: € 390 per month
Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom.
Group 2: Programme countries with medium living costs Studies: € 250 per month, Traineeships: € 350 per month
Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Luxembourg, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey.
Group 3: Programme countries with lower living costs Studies: € 200 per month, Traineeships: € 300 per month
Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Republic of Macedonia.