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Outgoing Students

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If you are interested in an academic exchange from Bucks to another institution in Europe or overseas please find information on the application process below. Forms need to be completed and returned electronically to the Erasmus Office at Erasmus@bucks.ac.uk.

Study Abroad Registration Form (European and overseas exchange) (pdf format)
All students wishing to go on an exchange have to fill in the Study Abroad Registration Form as the data provided on this will act as the basis for the study exchange. The registration form should only be filled in after having carefully read about the exchange programme and after having chosen two possible destinations from the partner list.

Once completed, return the form to the Erasmus and Exchanges Office by email to Erasmus@bucks.ac.uk. Please note that places at specific partner institutions are limited. Every effort will be made to enable students to go to their first choice; however in some cases it might be necessary to find an alternative institution.

Once your Study Abroad Registration Form is accepted, you will have to complete the partner institution's application form. You may also be required to produce additional documents such as transcripts of records, copies of your passport and accommodation contracts. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the appropriate insurance cover, e.g. health/liability/possessions insurance, for your time on exchange.

Should you need a visa for the country you want to go study in, please contact our Erasmus and Exchanges Office for further guidance. You should also contact the relevant student finance company to inform them that you are planning to study abroad. Additional paperwork might be required so you are advised to make enquiries early on.

Learning Agreement Form (European and overseas exchange) (pdf format)
This form is a vital document for all outgoing exchange students as it constitutes the agreement between Bucks, yourself and the partner institution regarding the modules you will be studying while being abroad. The learning agreement has to be signed by all three parties and a copy will be kept at Bucks. Under no circumstances will you be allowed to change the modules on the learning agreement without prior permission from Buckinghamshire New University.

To choose the modules you will be studying abroad, we will try and match as closely as possible what you would have studied if you were still at Bucks. Where this is not possible, we will try to find relevant alternatives. Please note that partners might only offer exchange students a limited selection of modules and may have their own rules concerning modules their incoming exchange students have to study.

You will be able to obtain this document from partner institutions as necessary.

Student Mobility Contract (European exchange only) (word format)
The student mobility contract is the basis for every European Erasmus Exchange. It sets out your rights and responsibilities under the Erasmus Programme. Fully completed contracts will be necessary for all students selected to receive an Erasmus grant.

Payment Details (European exchange only) (pdf format)
You will be required to provide us with your UK bank account details in order to receive an Erasmus grant. Your first grant payment will be two thirds of the total, the remainder being paid at the end of your study abroad period, subject to supplying student reports and a stamped and signed certificate of attendance.

Erasmus Student Charter (European exchange only) (pdf format)
You will be issued with an Erasmus Student Charter which sets out your rights and responsibilities under the Erasmus Programme.

University Exchange Programmes -including Erasmus and International Exchanges
The Buckinghamshire New University has a commitment to expanding its European and International activities in line with the aims set out in the Strategic Plan 2010-15. This aim is based upon our long experience of both EU and International education.
Our students and staff both benefit from our many EU Mobility programmes, with nearly 50 Erasmus/International exchanges with partner institutions.
This emerging EU/Exchange Strategy aims to:

  1. Promote both the student and staff Erasmus mobility schemes, including professional service employees.
  2. Promote EU wide academic co-operation, best practice and the delivery of quality teaching and learning throughout  Europe
  3. Develop and support research projects with EU and international partners
  4. Provide all students with an EU or International educational experience which will enhance their employment prospects, boosting their confidence and meet the needs of an increasingly international environment.

The Erasmus Office (within AQD) publicises all Erasmus opportunities and information internally and externally. This includes participation at Fresher's Fair, Open days and Faculty/Departmental meetings.

The Buckinghamshire New University is committed to a Widening Participation agenda and this includes all the relevant codes of practice with respect to disability, equal opportunities, racial and ethnic equality. This is reflected in the Erasmus programmes offered to both students and staff.

All staff and (ideally) students are required to make a report and the end of each exchange and these are evaluated and considered in the annual reporting round. Staff Mobility is further recognised and noted in Professional Development Reviews at Departmental level, again on an annual basis.

All student exchanges are formally recognised through 'Learning Agreements' which clearly outline the academic requirements and recognition via the ECTS system.
Outgoing students are fully briefed as to what is expected of them on the exchange and are supported before, during and after the exchanges to ensure that they get the most out of the opportunity.

All students eligible are able to receive the Diploma Supplement Certificate on request.

European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)
The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) is a method of 'recognising studies undertaken within Europe and outside the British National Qualifications Framework.
ECTS 'credits' are given to modules and course units and they describe the student workload required to complete them. The ECTS credits reflect the total quantity of work required to complete a full year of academic study including lectures, practical work, seminars, self-directed study and all the associated assessment (examinations, coursework, time-constrained assignments etc).

Simply put 60 ECTS credits represent the workload of a year of study (normally 30 credits are given for a semester). There are no special ECTS courses - the ECTS credits are set relative to the mainstream courses of the participating institutions i.e. those followed by 'home' students under the institutions normal regulations.
Participating institutions are able to 'subdivide' the ECTS credits for different courses and elements of courses. This mapping and allocation of credits is clearing set out in the 'bi-lateral' agreements signed between the two institutions.
Credits are awarded only when the course has been completed and all required examinations have been successfully taken.