Erasmus+ works by providing free movement and education exchange between registered universities and institutions for eligible students. Erasmus+ projects can last for 3 months to a year, and it may be a course or degree requirement to take part in an Erasmus+ mobility. Other reasons you might participate would be to experience another country and gain experience in a certain industry. Erasmus+ supports traineeships (work placements, internships, etc) abroad for students currently enrolled in higher education institutions in programme countries at Bachelor and Master level as well as for doctoral candidates. These opportunities are also open to recent graduates.
The Vademecum (Handbook) for Erasmus+
Vademecum is a Latin phrase for a handbook. The Erasmus+ Vademecum has the function of summarising all the most important information for the student participating in an Erasmus+ projects. As an example, it covers the compilation of required documentation. Students should carefully read it before they embark on their mobility. The handbook is useful because it offers information on staying abroad, what happens upon return and when the Erasmus+ experience finishes.
The first part of the Vademecum in particular provides all the information relevant to the compilation of the STUDY PLAN. In the second part of the Vademecum, you’ll find all the information relevant to the compilation of LEARNING AGREEMENTS.
Vademecum should include the following:
- Erasmus+ documents.
- Health Insurance form.
- Identity card or passport.
- Financial aspects.
- Transport information.
- Information about enrolment, syllabus, examination, courses, timetables, academic calendar.
- Practical elements.
You could include some Green tips to your own Vademecum, in order to provide students with concrete information on how to be sustainable before, during and after their Erasmus+ experience.
While some Green initiatives are obvious, others are often overlooked and/or students don’t exactly know how to make their Erasmus+ exchanges Greener. Use the Vademecum to find out about tips to act sustainably, and as a useful resource for further information.
It is important to communicate significant changes in the mobility patterns of students going on an Erasmus+ exchange to reduce the environmental impact of the programme. Part of this should be ensuring that sustainable travel options are more inclusive and affordable.
The research on the habits of Erasmus+ students reveals that although students are concerned about climate change, cost is one of the main drivers of their travel choices, meaning that they end up choosing cheaper but less sustainable modes of transport. Show in your Vademecum the most sustainable transport options available.