History of the Erasmus Exchange
What is the Erasmus Programme?
The Erasmus Programme is a European Commission programme which enables and encourages students across Europe to study at another university as part of their university degree programme. If you have thought about living abroad and studying at another university, learning about a different culture, improving your languages skills, and making new friends - the Erasmus Programme is for you!
Trinity has participated in the Erasmus Programme since its inception in 1987 and continues of play an active and positive role in the programme. The programme is named after the philosopher and theologian Erasmus of Rotterdam, (1465-1536) who lived and worked in many places in Europe to expand his knowledge, experience and to gain new insights.
Who is eligible to participate in the Erasmus Programme?
The Erasmus Programme is a European Commission programme which enables and encourages students across Europe to study at another university as part of their university degree programme. The Erasmus Programme is open to all registered students of Trinity College, who are nationals of in the European Union members states, the European Economic Area countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway), or the candidate country, Turkey.
All undergraduate students up to and including doctoral level students are eligible to participate, but must have completed at least one year of their undergraduate programme. It is only possible to participate in the Erasmus programme once, so if you participate as an undergraduate, you may not participate again as a graduate student. Students must also have the permission of their School/Department. Nursing students may apply for the Turku University of Applied Sciences Erasmus Exchange. Students must have successfully completed Senior Freshman (second) year of the programme to be eligible to go on Student Erasmus Exchange to Turku University.
Currently, the School of Nursing and Midwifery offers undergraduate students the opportunity to study Nursing for their first semester in Junior Sophister (third) year in Turku University of Applied Sciences, Finland. The undergraduate Erasmus exchange is a 12 week clinical placement. The School is currently exploring and developing Erasmus opportunities with other Universities so please keep in contact so that you are kept informed of developments in this area. Please direct specific queries to the Student Liaison Officer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
How to apply & closing date
Students must apply to both the International Office in Trinity College Dublin and also directly to Turku University of Applied Sciences. An Erasmus Information Session will be held for all interested Senior Freshman (second) year Nursing students on 3rd February 2012 at 3.00pm in room 0.32, School of Nursing and Midwifery, D'Olier Street.
- International Office, Trinity College Dublin
Process for application: Outgoing students will be required to access the on-line application form on the International Office website. The closing date for applications is Friday 24th February 2012.
Students are required to complete the form on line, print it, sign it, and to have the printed form signed by their Course Director. The signed form must be submitted to the International Office no later than Friday 24th February 2012. A Motivation Letter is also required from each applicant and a copy of this should be submitted via email to School of Nursing and Midwifery Student Liaison Officer (email: email@example.com) by 24th February 2012.
- Turku University of Applied Sciences, Finland
Process for application: Online application forms are listed and available to download on the Turku University of Applied Sciences website: The closing date for applications is to be confirmed. As part of the application to Turku, an official academic transcript from the School of Nursing is required and can be obtained from the Senior Freshman Executive Officer in the B.Sc. (Cur.) Office, Mr. Ken Coogan (email: firstname.lastname@example.org). Students are formally notified of the status of the application (i.e. successful/waiting list/unsuccessful) immediately following publication of the Senior Freshman (second) year annual examination results in June 2012.
Advantages of Erasmus
There are many advantages to undertaking the Erasmus Exchange Programme such as experiencing an alternative learning environment, living abroad, learning about a different culture, improving your languages skills, and making new friends and colleagues for life. The Erasmus Exchange Programme offers students the opportunity to broaden their learning experience.