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Erasmus Stays for Studies

Once you have been pre-assigned a mobility place in a university of our offer, when you do the application to the host university (Request place at a university), and fill in your learning agreement, you must consider which kind of stay you will perform. Find down below the explanation of the Erasmus stays for studies.


What is a Stay for Studies?

The stay for studies (unlike the stay for traineeship) is the one where you have to enrol credits both at the host university and at the UPC (in  Erasmus stays and some non Erasmus stays, payment is only made at UPC, although in some universities you may have to pay some alternative fee).This means that:

  • The host university should appear at the ETSETB offer for your study plan: Univiersities offer(obriu en una finestra nova).
  • The activity you are going to do has credits in the host university and you can enrol it there. This is not always true in the case of the Final thesis (TFG/TFM).

If you are going to do your Final thesis (TFG/TFM), when doing the application to the host university after our nomination, select from their offer, if there is the module or course corresponding to the final thesis with a similar number of credits to the one of your study plan at ETSETB.

If there is no such module or course, maybe they have a procedure so that nominated students perform their final thesis in the traineeship modality. In this case, you will not be allowed to do other courses at the host university; only the final thesis. You can have an Erasmus scholarship both in the traineeship modality and in the studies modality; depending on the modality of your stay, you will have to request for one kind of Erasmus scholarship or the other.

What is an Erasmus stay?

Erasmus stays take place in a country of the European Erasmus zone (KA103) or in one of the universities that, despite not being in Europe, belong to the universities of the Erasmus project (KA107). Find the information is here: This kind of stays give right to the Erasmus scholarship. The Erasmus scholarship you must request and the requirements you must meet in order to have this scholarship depened on whether your stay is for studies or for traineeship.

Requirements for the Erasmus studies scholarship (2021-2022 call)

If you request for an Erasmus scholarship for studies, the enrolment requirements are explained here: Requisits de matrícula 2021-2022. And here is all the information about the call, the deadlines and the way to request for the scholarship: Convocatòria 202-2022. The most important you must consider is:

  • Maximum duration: The semestral stays can last for a maximum of 210 days (approx. 7 months). Moreover, the Autumn semester cannot last longer than March, 31 and the Spring semester cannot last longer than September 30. If you have two Erasmus stays, they cannot add up to more than 360 days between the two.
  • You must enrol at UPC a minimum of 20 ECTS for one semestral stay or (if they are the last ones of your sudies) 12 ECTS. They have to be credits corresponding to activities (courses and/or final thesis) enrolled in the host university.
  • You must deliver at UPC, within the deadline and as required, all the documents explained at the sites:

Courses and final thesis at the host university. Planning and assessment



  • We cannot recognise more credits in courses than the ones you perform at the host university.
  • They must be courses related to your studies, so that they can be incorporated into your file, although they do not need to have a correspondence with any specific subject of your study plan.
  • Language courses are recognised as exchange activities. They can only be dealt with (if applicable) as bachelor's university extension activities.
  • They will be incorporated into your file as common elective credits; not as core courses or intensification or specialization subjects, which you should have completed before at ETSETB.
  • Make sure that the grades system of the courses selected is not of the kind Pass/non Pass. Otherwise, in case you pass them, you will only be qualified with a 5 in ETSETB.
  • At the end of your stay, grades conversion will be made from the transcript of records we receive from your host university and according to the MECD scale.

Final Thesis

  • You need to find a module or course at host university corresponding to a final thesis, with a similar number of credits to the ones of ETSETB.
  • Defence will be normally made at the host university, though an ETSETB evaluation board will also assess the thesis, according both to the assessment and defence documents of the host university and the written documents of the student (report, etc). See the page  Final Master's or Bachelor Thesis (TFG/TFM), to know the details of the procedure.

Learning agreement and internal authorisation document

Together with the learning agreement (official document), we will need you to send us as well an internal document for us to allow you the recognition of courses (this latter is different according to your study plan). Both documents are to be found at Documents before leaving.


1. Learning agreement

To be signed by the host university, the ETSETB and you. 

If you apply for the Erasmus grant, it is important that you choose our Erasmus learning agreement  model (the one with the logo with the Erasmus+ logo at the upper left-hand corner of the document). 


Fill in your details and the ones of the host university and the “before the mobility” section (don't fill in the "after the mobility section).

At the box "field of education", in the first page, write the code of your study field. The most common ones at ETSETB are: 0714 (Electronics and Automation), 061 (for ICT’s), 053 (for Physics and Photonics).

For "level of studies", write: if you are studying bachelor: EQF level 6 (bachelor); if you are studying master: EQF level 7 (master).

Write at table A what you will enrol and perform at the host university and at table B what you will enrol and recognise at UPC.

Consider the following:

  • Courses corresponding to common elective credits at UPC.
    These courses do not correspond to specific courses at UPC. However, they need to be related to your study plan; don’t add, for example, language courses (see the section “courses at host university” above).
    You cannot recognise more credits than the ones performed at host university.
    Do not take courses that will be qualified as Pass/non Pass at host university.
    Write at table A the name, code and credits of the courses at the host university and at table B write “common elective credits” and corresponding credits you will enrol and recognise at UPC.

  • Courses corresponding to compulsory or specialisation/intensification courses (exceptional cases).
    In case you exceptionally find a course in the host university corresponding to a compulsory course or to a specialization or intensification course, you will need the approval of the head of studies of your study plan.
    In this case, attach the contents of the host university course as it is published at their website, when you submit to us the precommitment of courses (below).
    In table A, write the name, code and credits of the course of the host university. In table B, write the code, name and number of credits of the corresponding UPC course.

  • Final thesis of studies. You will find the information on the procedure at the section Final thesis in mobility.
    Write in table A the code (if any), name and credits of the final thesis at the host university (a number similar or equal to the one of UPC). If they don’t have a module or course corresponding to the final thesis, which sometimes happens in bachelor studies, then see if you can perform a traineeship stay (at the section “Erasmus traineeship” or “Non Erasmus traineeship”).
    Write in table B the code, name and credits of the final thesis at UPC. The final theses codes at UPC are the following: GRETST: 230094; GREELEC: 230933; GREFISI: 230480;MET: 230683; MEE: 230682; MATT: 230725; MEFF:230863; GCED: 270250.

2. Internal document to allow recognition:

There are two kinds of internal document to allow the recognition, according to your UPC study plan, that you will find at Documents before leaving

  • For the Grau en Enginyeria de Dades: Fill in and sign the authorization document for the Grau en Enginyeria de Dades. If you wish to validate TAED2, add the contents of the course of the host university, as it is published at their website and the corresponding link. There is a document for courses and a document for TFG.

  • Rest of study plans. Fill in and sign the precommitment of courses. You will find the instructions at the last page of the model. If you wish to recognise any compulsory course or any specialization/intensification elective course, attach the course contents of the host university as it is published on their website and the corresponding link.