Types of mobility
Student mobility for studies supports short cycle, first cycle (bachelor or equivalent), second cycle (master or equivalent) and third cycle (doctoral level) students for a study period at a higher education institution abroad.
Student mobility for traineeships supports short cycle, first cycle (bachelor or equivalent), second cycle (master or equivalent) and third cycle (doctoral level) students as well as recent graduates (within one year after graduation) for a traineeship / work placement at another higher education institution or an enterprise.
Duration of mobility period
The duration of a mobility period for studies can be from 3 to 12 months
The duration of a mobility period for traineeship can be from 2 months to 12 months.
Note: the maximum duration of a mobility can be limited by the number of months specified in the bilateral inter-institutional agreement between MU – Plovdiv and the respective receiving institution.
The same student may participate in mobility periods totalling up to 12 months maximum per each cycle of study (first cycle – bachelor or equivalent, second cycle – master or equivalent, and third cycle – doctoral level).). Students from these specialties may perform Student Mobility for Studies within the framework of the Erasmus+ Programme between their second and the last year of their study at Medical University – Plovdiv. During the last year of their study they may perform a Student Mobility for Traineeships.
Recent higher education graduates may participate in a traineeship. Recent graduates must be
selected by their HEI during their last year of study, and must carry out and complete their traineeship abroad within one year of obtaining their graduation.
Students receive a grant as financial support for their costs for travel and subsistence during the period of study or traineeship abroad. The amount depends on the living costs in the receiving country.
Student mobility between programme countries
Grant support for student mobility for studies is as follows:
|Receiving country||Amount (euros per month)|
|Group I||Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Sweden, United Kingdom, Liechtenstein, Norway||520|
|Group II||Austria, Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Greece, Spain, Cyprus, Netherlands, Malta, Portugal||520|
|Group III||Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, North Macedonia, Turkey, Serbia||470|
Students carrying out traineeships receive an additional top-up of 200 EUR per month.
Student mobility between programme and partner countries according to the signed agreement from 01.08.2019 until 31.07.2022 (Russian Federation and US)
Individual grant support for student mobility from programme to partner countries is 700 EUR as determined according to the following table:
|Eligible Partner Countries||Group 1 Programme Countries||900 EUR per month|
|Group 2 Programme Countries||850 EUR per month|
|Group 3 Programme Countries*||800 EUR per month|
|Programme Countries||Partner countries||700 EUR per month|
*Bulgaria is in Group 3
In addition, students going to Partner Countries receive top-up amounts to support them in covering their TOTAL travel costs. The amount depends on the “travel distance” – distance between point of departure (Plovdiv) and point of arrival (city of receiving institution). It can be calculated with the help of an : on-line calculator
The amount of travel support is determined according to the following table:
|Between 10 and 99 km||20 EUR per participant|
|Between 100 and 499 km||180 EUR per participant|
|Between 500 and 1999 km||275 EUR per participant|
|Between 2000 and 2999 km||360 EUR per participant|
|Between 3000 and 3999 km||530 EUR per participant|
|Between 4000 and 7999 km||820 EUR per participant|
|8000 km or more||1500 EUR per participant|
The guiding PRINCIPLES underlying the selection procedure of students for participation in the Erasmus+ programme are: 1. Competition; 2. Guaranteed impartiality, transparency, justice and lack of conflict of interests; 3. Providing full information about the selection procedure; 4. Proportionality and commensurability of grants; 5. Up-to-date information about the selection criteria, as MU- Plovdiv reserves its right to introduce additional criteria consistent with those of the European Commission.
Students are judged to be eligible for participation in the selection procedure and may subsequently be selected for mobility based on certain CRITERIA and CONDITIONS: 1. All students, both Bulgarian and non-Bulgarian nationals, have the right to apply for selection for student mobility; 2. Students must be enrolled at least in the second year of study at MUPlovdiv before going for an Erasmus study period abroad. Recent graduates may participate in a traineeship, but they must be selected during their last year of study, and must carry out and complete their traineeship abroad within one year of obtaining their graduation. One student may perform a mobility period under the Erasmus+ Programme for 12 months or less for each cycle (Bachelor Level 5 and 6, Master level 7 or PhD Level 8) regardless of the number and type of mobility activities. In one-cycle study programmes, such as Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy students can be mobile for up to 24 .These students perform Student Mobility for Studies between the second and the last year of their studies at MU-Plovdiv. In the last year of their studies, they perform Student Mobility for Traineeships; 3. Students must have an average grade of 4.00; 4. Students must have passed all their exams successfully; 5. Students must prove level of foreign language proficiency (English or the language of the host country) B2 or higher; 6. Students who have not participated in Erasmus mobility before are given preference; 7. All else being equal disadvantaged students are given preference (half-orphans, mothers with little children, migrants). Documents proving the disadvantaged state should be provided (death certificates, etc); 8. Students who are not Bulgarian nationals can realize an Erasmus mobility activity in their country of origin only if there are no other eligible and selected students. They must prove to the selection Committee the added value of such mobility for their studies / traineeships; 9. Students who wish to spend a second study period / training at the same host institution they will have to prove to the selection Committee the added value of such mobility for their studies / training; 10. Students participating in higher education mobility projects (for studies or traineeships) cannot receive a Joint Masters Degree scholarship and vice versa.
I wish to apply
Eligibility for participation in the selection procedure and subsequent selection for mobility are based on certain CRITERIA and CONDITIONS -> Selection
The date of the selection procedure and the members of the selection committee are decreed officially by the Rector of Medical University -Plovdiv.
Date, time and place of the selection are announced on the University web site, at public places at different University locations and by official letters to all Departments and Sections not later than 2 weeks before the selection.
Students who wish to apply for mobility should prepare the following documents:
- Transcript of records (for undergraduate students);
- Copy of enrolment letter as a PhD student (for PhD students);
- Certificate of foreign language proficiency (English or the language of the host country).
The application should be submitted on-line on https://erasmus.mu-plovdiv.bg/application
The applicants’ documents are assessed beforehand to determine eligibility for participation in the selection procedure.
A short interview is carried out at the time of selection. If necessary, language proficiency is additionally evaluated by University language teachers. If there is more than one candidate for one place, the most worthy candidate is selected and the rest are offered alternative places, if available. If there are more eligible candidates than the number of possible mobilities, those candidates are entered in a stand-by list.
A second selection procedure may be organised in case of insufficient number of candidates and remaining financial resources according to the signed contract between Medical University- Plovdiv and the National Agency.
The receiving institution reserves the right for final decision whether to accept the selected student or not.
Before I leave
The student contacts the receiving institution with the help of the Erasmus office. The sending institution (MU- Plovdiv), the receiving institution and the student sign Learning Agreement for Studies / Traineeship:
These agreements define the target learning outcomes of the studies / traineeship for the learning period abroad, specify the formal recognition provisions, including credits to be recognised, and list the rights and obligations of each of the three parties. The agreement must be signed by the three parties before the student can start the Erasmus mobility activity.
The different Higher Education Institutions may have specific requirements which each student should take into consideration before sending documents to the respective institution.
The participant passes an online language assessment before and after the period of mobility. The test is designed to determine the level of language proficiency and is NOT a criterion for selection. The participant with unsatisfactory result of the assessment should follow an online language course.
Before I return
At the end of the mobility activity the student should receive the following documents from the receiving institution:
– Certificate of Stay (for studies or traineeship) which certifies the duration of the study or traneeship period spent at the receiving institution
– Learning agreement for Studies / Learning agreement for Traineeship signed and stamped by MU Plovdiv as sending institution, the receiving institution and the student
– Transcript of Records which provides information about the academic performance and credits earned during the study period. The transcript of records is issued by the receiving institution.
– Traineeship Certificate which provides information about learning outcomes acquired and credits earned during the traineeship period.
After I return
Within 10 days of the student’s return he or she should bring to the Erasmus office the following documents in order to have the mobility recognised:
– Certificate of Stay which certifies the duration of the study / traineeship period spent at the receiving institution;
– Learning agreement for Studies / Learning agreement for Traineeship approved, signed and stamped by the sending institution, the receiving institution and the student;
– Transcript of Records which provides information about the academic performance and credits awarded during the study period;
– Traineeship Certificate which provides information about learning outcomes acquired and credits awarded during the traineeship period;
– Documents confirming dates of entering and leaving the host country (copies of tickets, boarding passes, receipts from accommodation payments, copies of international passport with dates of entering and leaving the host country if applicable, receipts from fuel purchases and highway tolls). Students must arrive at the host institution at least one day before the start of the mobility period and leave at least one day after its end. All of the above mentioned documents should be presented to the Erasmus office for approval. Copies of the approved Transcript of Records or Traineeship Certificate are translated and legalised with the help of a translation agency by Medical University Plovdiv. The translated Transcript of Records or Traineeship Certificate is submitted by the student to the Department of Academic Affairs.
The Institutional Erasmus Coordinator presents a report about the student’s mobility activity to the Vice Rector of International Cooperation and Project Activities and the Dean of the respective Faculty. The report confirms the period of the student’s mobility and the awarded and recognised credits as reflected in the Transcript of Records or Traineeship Certificate.