Mobility Programmes

UMONS is fully committed to the ERASMUS + 2014-2020 programme. In May 2014, the European Commission approved the UMONS Higher Education ERASMUS + Charter for the period 2014-2020. For more information on the commitments made by UMONS, please consult the documents below.

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European Mobility + Mobility outside Europe

ERASMUS is a European Commission programme dedicated to higher education. It allows students, teachers and administrative staff to move to a participating country. Thirty-three countries participate in the programme: the 28 countries of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, the Republic of Macedonia, and Turkey.

UMONS has been heavily involved in the ERASMUS programme since its creation in 1987. Since the 2014-2015 academic year, the ERASMUS programme has been reviewed in depth by the European Commission and is now called ERASMUS +. To conform to the 2014-2020 ERASMUS + Charter, which has been adopted by UMONS and was validated by the European authorities in May 2014, UMONS has completely revised its strategy to adapt to the parameters of the new programme.

Want to know more? See the ERASMUS + Charter 2014-2020 section and consult the UMONS intranet.

Established in 2004, the Erasmus Belgica programme is an initiative to encourage the mobility of students in higher education in the three Communities of Belgium: the Flemish Community, the French Community and the German-speaking Community.

Objectives:

  • To give students of higher education the opportunity to complete their studies in a recognised institution of another Community of Belgium, or to carry out a placement
  • To give these students the opportunity to experience linguistic and cultural immersion in another Community of Belgium
  • To give them the opportunity to adapt to a different environment, another way of life and a different menta

Under certain conditions, a mobility grant may be awarded. Want to know more?

Consult the UMONS intranet for more information. lity.

Established by the Decree of 19th May 2004, the Fonds d’Aide à la Mobilité Étudiante is for students from higher education institutions of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation.

As of the 2015-2016 academic year, there has been no distinction between the two types of mobility, “study” and “placement” with regards to the procedures for awarding student grants. 

The mobility grant consists of a “travel allowance” and a “living expenses” package.

Consult the UMONS intranet for more information.

In January 2014, the Conférence des recteurs et des principaux des universités du Québec (CREPUQ – Conference of Rectors and Principals of Quebec Universities) became the Bureau de Coopération Interuniversitaire (BCI – Office of Interuniversity Cooperation).

To encourage relations between peoples and cultures of different countries, the academic institutions of Quebec, through the BCI, have established student exchange programmes with university institutions outside of Canada.

Student exchange agreements have been established with nearly 500 institutions, or consortiums of institutions, in the following countries: Germany, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, South Korea, Denmark, Spain, the United States, Finland, France (including Réunion, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Martinique and New Caledonia), Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Switzerland, and Taiwan.

These programmes allow students registered at a university institution (the home institution) to pursue part of their studies at another university institution (the host institution) for between one term and one year.

By participating in a BCI exchange programme, students:

  • Remain registered at their home institution
  • Pay the usual tuition fees at their home institution and not at the host institution
  • Receive credits obtained at the host institution for their degree at the home institution
  • Where applicable, continue to receive financial assistance, which their student status entitles them, from their home institution.

Transportation and living expenses, as well as any other costs (administrative and health insurance, for example) that may be required by the host institution, are the participants’ responsibility.

The BCI does not offer financial support to students participating in exchange programmes.

Academic institutions do not usually award degrees to the students they host within the BCI exchange programmes.

Want to know more?
Visit the BCI’s student exchange programme website
Programmes d’échanges d’étudiants (PÉÉ), and consult the UMONS intranet. 

Wallonie-Bruxelles International is the agency responsible for the international relations of Wallonia and Brussels. It acts as an international policy instrument for Wallonia, the Wallonia-Brussels Federation and the French Community Commission of the Brussels Capital Region.

Wallonie-Bruxelles International offers several funding opportunities for different kinds of mobility (courses, placements, training courses, etc.) in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation and abroad.

Consult all the funding possibilities on the Wallonie-Bruxelles International website.

Some examples of funding and grants

 Find all WBI grants and funding on http://www.wbi.be/fr/bourses

Would you like to complete study placement of four months or a full academic year at the University of Mons? Has your application been pre-selected by the “Ciência sem Fronteiras” programme managers in Brazil?

Go to the page outlining the procedure for your admission to UMONS…

The “Ciência sem Fronteiras” programme in a nutshell:

“The proposed mobility programme aims to plant the seeds of what could revolutionise R&D, by exposing Brazilian students and researchers to a highly competitive environment.

Characteristics of excellence: the best students and researchers conduct research at the world’s top universities.

Industrial interest – the programme already focuses on areas of great industrial interest (see Areas of Interest), which ensures that grant holders will have a high chance of being employed in industry and academia.

Motivation

Science in Brazil has grown a lot in recent years. However, the country still faces some major challenges: (a) to increase the number of PhDs, (b) to strengthen interactions between the university, the business sector and society, (c) to promote international collaborations in scientific publications.

Brazilian institutions need to commit to the process of internationalisation that any university or research centre is aware of, because several factors unique to Brazil still hinder how science is viewed internationally. The education system, for example, has not yet been able to increase the number of interactions between native students and those from other countries and of other cultures.

In the 1970s and 1980s, there were a large number of Brazilians who went to study elsewhere. Upon their return to Brazil, these scientists contributed to the vigorous development of science in Brazil. Today, the country needs a programme that encourages the internationalisation of technology and innovation. The “Ciência sem Fronteiras” programme also aims to attract young researchers and internationally recognised researchers to Brazil.

The main objective of the programme is to promote the consolidation and expansion of science, technology and innovation in Brazil through exchange and international mobility.

This strategy aims to:

  • Increase the presence of students, scientists and workers of the Brazilian industry in institutions of excellence
  • Attract new talents and highly qualified researchers to Brazil
  • Enhance the internationalisation of universities and research centres in Brazil.

Extracts from the “Ciência sem Fronteiras programme.

Are you a professor or researcher in an Asian institution or within the Wallonia-Brussels Federation?

Would you like to carry out an exchange of one to three months with a colleague from a partner institution in Asia or the Wallonia-Brussels Federation?

The ASEM-DUO mobility grant makes it possible for professors and researchers to carry out this type of exchange.

Within the Asian-European political dialogue forum (ASEM, Asia-Europe Meeting), a specific cooperation process has been initiated between the two regions in the field of education, and more specifically higher education. At the 2013 Asia-Europe Meeting of Ministers of Education in Kuala Lumpur, the Wallonia-Brussels Federation (FW-B) announced its intention to enrol in the ASEM-DUO Fellowship Program, which started in 2014.

The ASEM-DUO Fellowship Program was established to promote “mobility in pairs” of professors and researchers from higher education institutions of the FW-B and Asia. The mobility must be carried out over a period of one to three months and by “pair”, i.e. a teacher or researcher from an establishment of the FW-B goes to an Asian partner institution, and vice versa. Candidates must be from the same institution but not from the same department. (source)

More information can be found at http://www.ares-ac.be/fr/relations-internationales/bourse-asem-duo

And at http://www.asemduo.org

The Belgian American Educational Foundation (BAEF) is an independent foundation that supports the exchange of students, researchers and academics between the United States and Belgium, notably through the awarding of mobility grants.

This foundation came into existence after the First World War, thanks to the remaining budget of the Commission for Relief in Belgium (CRB) (USA) and the Belgian Relief Commission (Belgium) that Herbert Hoover had organised during the war. For more information, visit the BAEF website: www.baef.be

In 2015, one award and two post-doctoral fellowships were awarded by the BAEF to three young researchers at the University of Mons.

The Commission for Educational Exchange Between the United States of America, Belgium and Luxembourg offers Fulbright scholarships for study, research and teaching placements to Belgian and American students, researchers and professors who wish to undertake a mobility programme in the partner country.

The Commission and UMONS have signed an agreement to enable a Master’s student, a PhD student and a postdoctoral researcher to carry out a placement in an American institution.

Consult the UMONS intranet for more information

The ARES-CCD offers students from universities of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation (FWB) three ways of getting involved in development cooperation at their university.

Travel Grants

Travel grants are for students from universities of the FWB who have obtained at least 120 ECTS. The grants cover a return airline ticket for a trip of at least one month for a compulsory training placement or a study placement for a Master dissertation. A living allowance for students who already receive financial assistance for their studies is also provided. ARES launches two calls a year for the awarding of these grants.

Micro-projects

A micro-project is a cooperation project set up by a small group of students from universities of the FWB in association with students from an ARES partner country. This project must be supervised by someone from Belgium and someone from the partner country. ARES provides funding of up to 15,000€ per project, and launches a call for micro-projects every year.

Awareness Projects

An awareness project is a one-time event project on a topic related to development cooperation, and is aimed at students of the FWB. ARES provides funding of up to 4,500€ per project and launches a call awareness projects every year.

Consult the UMONS intranet for more information.  

 

As part of the T.I.M.E. network, the Faculty of Engineering (FPMs) has established double degree agreements with several prestigious European engineering institutions. The fundamental objective of these agreements is to allow certain duly selected students to simultaneously obtain two engineering degrees: one from the FPMs and another from a foreign institution. The duration of the stay abroad is two academic years. According to T.I.M.E.’s terms of the agreements, the overall duration of the studies cannot be extended.

For more information, contact:
Pierre Dehombreux, Dean of the FPMs
or Christian Bouquegneau, former Rector and delegate of the T.I.M.E. Network for the FPMs