Student and teacher exchange and mobility enhances university education, and the School promotes this by establishing networks with international centres that also offer joint teaching, cooperation, and research programmes. Studying at ELISAVA opens the door to new academic environments.
The value of this flow lies in the fact that it is two directional. We believe that the diversity of the profiles and perspectives provided by students from the rest of Europe and other countries enriches ELISAVA. That is why the School actively encourages exchanges for the benefit of an increasingly plural and dynamic community.
ELISAVA’s international presence has intensified throughout its history, in parallel to the consolidation of its academic prestige. We believe that knowledge of other cultures, other ways of approaching the disciplines taught at ELISAVA is a basic asset in students’ education. Consequently, the School offers students the opportunity to participate in exchange programmes so they can discover other learning methodologies in different countries.
For this purpose, ELISAVA has established agreements with over 50 centres in Europe, the United States, and Latin America, and it participates in several exchange, cooperation, and research programmes with foreign academic institutions. Experience enables us to confirm that there is a two-fold benefit: It encourages the circulation of knowledge, and it improves the disciplines taught at the School.
ELISAVA’s international outlook is based on various associations and programmes. The School forms part of the Cumulus Network, which groups together over 100 renowned institutions worldwide to promote international cooperation. It is also a member of the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE). ELISAVA collaborates with the Council on International Educational Exchange, a non-profit organisation appointed by the US Department of State to manage international student exchange programmes.
It also participates in the Lifelong Learning Programme / Erasmus, promoted by the European Union to make Europe more accessible to students, and vice versa.
Apart from participating in LLP and Erasmus, ELISAVA has signed its own bilateral agreements which allow the School to increase its offer beyond the European framework. These agreements are under constant review, and work is ongoing to add more destinations.
The Lifelong Learning Programme / Erasmus supports European institutions providing tertiary education because this is considered to be essential in a series of functions of vital importance for the long-term development of Europe. These functions include, among others, producing high-quality human resources, disseminating scientific discoveries and advanced knowledge through teaching, adapting to ever-changing requirements for abilities and skills, and the education of future generations of citizens in a European context.
At the moment, the LLP / Erasmus is open to the participation of 34 countries: the 27 Member States of the European Union, the three countries in the EEA (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway), three associated countries (Turkey, Macedonia and Croatia), and one affiliated country (Switzerland).
The LLP / Erasmus is open to all types of tertiary education institutions (those known as “universities”), to all academic disciplines, and to all levels of tertiary education, including doctorates.