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Erasmus Exchange Programme

Erasmus of Rotterdam was a Renaissance scholar whose philosophical thought inspired the modernisation of higher education in Europe. His ideals informed the Bologna Declaration in 1999 when the ministers of education of 29 countries agreed to develop a European Higher Education Area and a European Research Area (Bologna Declaration) .
In 2007 the Erasmus Programme became part of the European Union's Lifelong Learning Programme to include work placement mobility for people undertaking, planning or organising education or training visits (“mobilities”) abroad.
To participate in the Erasmus Programme, institutions of higher education must have an Erasmus University Charter (EUC) which sets out the fundamental principles and the requirements underlying the Erasmus projects, which a higher education institution must adhere to.
The Erasmus Programme allows LUMSA students to attend courses at other universities in the European Union (or at universities outside the EU participating in the programme) for between 3 and 12 months, i.e. between a term and an academic year. Academic recognition is a necessary condition for student mobility within the framework of the Erasmus programme. The study period abroad (including examinations or other forms of assessment) replaces a comparable period of study at the home university (including examinations or other forms of assessment), although the content of the courses may differ.
Who Can Participate in the Erasmus Programme?
If you are a foreign student intending to study at LUMSA, your home University must have a formal exchange agreement with LUMSA and must have been awarded an Erasmus University Charter by the European Commission. Conversely, if you are a LUMSA student intending to study abroad, you can choose from universities which have a formal agreement with LUMSA.


Before Leaving your Home Country:
In order to apply to LUMSA, foreign students must submit the following documents:

  • Online application form duly completed by the student and countersigned by the student’s home university.
  • European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) for medical treatment.  The EHIC can be obtained from the Health Department of the student`s home country.
  • Valid passport or identity card.
  • Two passport-size photos.

Students should contact the academic Coordinator of Student Exchange Programmes at the Department where they intend to study for further information regarding the academic calendar, course content, etc.

Arriving at LUMSA:
Upon arrival at LUMSA, foreign students should report to the International Relations Office located at via della Traspontina 21 00193 Rome.  The office is open Monday to Friday from 10.30 am to 1:00 pm, and Tuesday and Thursday from 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm. 
There are student advisors at all University Departments that participate in the LLP/Erasmus programme to help foreign students find accommodation, find their way around Rome and complete the necessary registration forms. Foreign students are issued with a student ID card, which allows them to access the University facilities and entitles them discounted entry to various exhibitions, museums and events.
LUMSA offers two Italian language courses for foreign students. The first course begins in September and the second in February. Two levels are available: Basic and Intermediate. The Basic course concentrates on simple grammar and language. The Intermediate course involves more complex grammar and touches upon aspects of Italian history and culture. These courses are free to foreign students participating in the Erasmus exchange programme. Before courses start, students must sit an entry level test to assess their proficiency in Italian.

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