The Erasmus+ scheme exists to promote study abroad principally within the European Union although it also extends to some countries outside the Union.
In Biology the period abroad forms part of a four year course with a built-in year in Europe and our current partner institutions are:
At the host University you will attend lectures and practicals, worth about 30 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) points. 1 ECTS point corresponds to 2 credits in York.
You will carry out a research project worth 30 ECTS credits. It is acceptable to do this in a laboratory outside the University, for instance with a company or a research institution.
During the year away you remain registered at York and will pay reduced tuition fees. (No fees are payable to the host institution.)
It is essential to have some knowledge of German, French or Spanish on entry (AS level is the course requirement, except for the exchange to Denmark, where teaching is in English). Languages for All (LFA) courses (2 hours per week), during the First and Second year are compulsory to prepare students for a year in Europe, and we expect students intending to partake in the scheme to achieve a minimum of Level 3 in their chosen language by the end of Term 6. Students with an existing A level in a language are encouraged to continue to Level 4.
If you think another level would be more appropriate, could you please contact Katie Smith. When registering with Languages For All, your current level will be checked, and you will be admitted to a course at a level that is most suitable for you. At the end of each LFA course there will be an assessment which you are required to pass.
If you have not yet done so, could you please make sure you enrol for one of the courses (the courses run through the whole academic year).
Tuition fees for the language courses will be reimbursed at the end of the second year, as long as you have completed the course satisfactorily, and are registered to take the Year in Europe.
Note: if you are fluent in the foreign language already (because it is your native language, for example), then you do not need to attend LFA courses.
In order to be eligible for a year in Europe, you will normally be expected to achieve a minimum academic standard (average of 50) in continuous assessment over terms 1-4. Upon poorer performance you will be requested to transfer back to a 3-year programme.
Throughout this year attend the language courses and use the facilities provided.
Throughout this year continue to attend Languages for all courses.
Your placement year
Final year back at York
All information on how to submit your project can be found on the Biology VLE and in your departure booklet.
You are required to submit an electronic copy of your report to the VLE. Further information, including the report deadline, can be found on the VLE.
Failure to submit your projects by the stated deadline will result in penalties being applied.
Information on projects can be found on the Biology project website.