Erasmus Study Students

These guidelines are addressed to university students of all levels (Ph.D. students included), selected under the EU Erasmus Plus Programme for a mobility period, within inter-institutional Erasmus Study Agreements, signed between their institution and the University of Catania, in thematic areas indicated in the agreements. Erasmus students will not pay any inscription or taxes fees and can activate their mobility from 1st October to 31st July of every academic year (in August and September there is no provision of didactic activities). Generally, the first semester ends on 28th February. In order to manage their stay, the University of Catania organizes two obligatory orientation activities (Welcome Days) in the first week of October and of March each year, considered as integrated part of the mobility period. Mobility period officially starts from the first day of Welcome Days. 

Once selected their students, each partner university will communicate their nomination, by e-mail, to the International Mobility Office (IMO) of the University of Catania. IMO, after receiving selection communications, will inform students and partner universities, by e-mail, on application procedure which can be found on this web site (please see below).

Application procedures

Application procedures start from the on-line application form (obligatory) that students must fill in within the deadlines: 15th July for the 1st semester and 15th January for the 2nd semester. The link for the application form online will be sent to the students after the nomination for an Erasmus mobility by their home university. After application, students' data will be automatically transferred to the Erasmus incoming students database of the University of Catania. Only after the reception of these data, and after checking their coherence with the agreements stipulated, IMO will send students, by e-mail, acceptance form.

The University of Catania will not register students who haven’t filled in the on-line application form and obtained the acceptance form.

A basic Italian language knowledge is required (A2 level of Italian language as for the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) as, even if some courses are held in English language (generally postgraduates courses), the majority are in Italian. The University of Catania doesn't require a proof of Italian language knowledge, it is in charge of sending institution to verify that the candidates for Catania have the A2 level of Italian language knowledge. No certification has to be produced by the students to the IMO of the University of Catania.

Arrival procedures

Registration procedures will start at Welcome Days. Students must come with acceptance form, Learning Agreement and two passport-size photo. They will be provided with a university card they have to keep during all their mobility in Catania, show at exams and give back to IMO before their departure. Welcome Day date will be indicated as arrival date on Recognition Outcomes certificate. The University of Catania organizes two Welcome Days, one for each semester, whose dates are indicated on this website (the first week of October and March every year). Welcome days attendance is obligatory.
Students will have to meet the International Didactic Units (IDU) in order to get necessary information on mobility didactic aspects and help in changing their learning agreements.

The University of Catania will not accept students arriving after Welcome Days, with the exception for those who, for very relevant reasons (documented by their International Relations Offices) cannot take part and therefore receive formal authorization by IMO.

Mobility instructions

The University of Catania is particularly respectful towards Handbook mobility rules, which is a consistent part of the Erasmus contract. As provided by the handbook, Erasmus mobility in a partner institution must be full-time and uninterrupted.
In case of interruption of mobility period for very important reasons within the minimum 3 month mobility period, it is possible to start again mobility only if:

  • new mobility period is of the same type of the interrupted one;
  • a new contract Institution/student is stipulated;
  • a new learning agreement is signed.

In case of interruption after 3 months it will not be possible to start again with Erasmus mobility.
Host University holidays cannot be considered as mobility period interruption.
A minimum 60% rate of classes attendance is required, in order to be admitted to exams. Upon their arrival, students will be provided by the IDU with specific information on classes attendance registrations and exams.

Departure procedures

At the end of their mobility, students must visit IDU with the following documents in original:

  • student card;
  • learning agreement;
  • evaluation certificates (proving passed and not passed exams);
  • lessons attendance.

The IDU, once checked all documents, will issue a Recognition Outcomes certificate and will provide it, in a closed envelope, to the student that must then visit IMO in order to complete the procedure and to get the final signature on the Recognition Outcomes certificate.
In order to obtain these certificates, students must come personally during receiving hours as they are not allowed to delegate other people. On planning their departure trip, students must take into consideration IMO public opening days and hours.


Learning Agreements
Only after receiving the acceptance form, students can fill in their Learning Agreements, indicating the courses they want to attend and related ECTS credits and send them to IDU who will proceed with their approval. The maximum ECTS credits for the entire academic year is 60, for one semester is 30 and for a term is 15. The minimum ECTS credits to be accepted in Catania is 9. A learning agreement must include at least 70% of courses given within the destination Department and maximum 30% of courses given in other Departments, if previously agreed among Departments.
The University of Catania will not accept students who haven’t regularly transmitted their Learning Agreement before their arrival.

For information on courses to choose it will be necessary to get in touch with their dept. Erasmus Scientific contact and IDU.

Within Erasmus Study it is possible to undergo a traineeship activity but only if it is regularly included in the Learning Agreement and if it is preceded by, at least, three months of didactics activities. Traineeship activity must be done in a company linked, for that purpose, with the University of Catania and must be tutored by a Professor belonging to the student’s Study Course in Catania, who will be in charge of the relationships between the University of Catania and the company. At the end of the placement, the company will send an activities report to the tutor who will prepare a certificate stating placement activities and period. This certificate will be included in the Recognition Outcomes certificate.Students will have two months time, starting from registration date, to change their Learning Agreements.

Students accepted for one semester can make only one change. Students accepted for the entire academic year, instead, can change their Learning Agreement twice, one for each semester, and the second change must be done within March.

Classes attendance registration
It is necessary to register students attendance to all classes indicated in their Learning Agreement. Professors will regularly register the date and classes hours attended. At exam sessions, professors will check if the minimum 60% of classes attendance has been provided and, if so, will allow the student to take the exam. If not, the student will not be allowed to take the exam.

Evaluation Certificate
All students admitted to courses must use the Evaluation Certificate for their exams. Each time they take an exam they have to give this document to the professor who will fill it in entirely (it must be filled in even if the exam has been failed). After the exam, students must get the original document, keep it and give it to IDU, at the end of their mobility, for Recognition Outcomes certificate issuing.

Mobility extension request
In order to obtain Erasmus mobility extension it is necessary to:

  • ask home institution for authorization;
  • ask home institution to transmit their authorization to IDU, who will proceed with its acceptance and communication to IMO.

Only if their request has been accepted, students can extend their mobility period.

Insurance and medical assistance

The University of Catania will take out an insurance policy limited to participation at didactic/formative activities, excluding sport activities, for all incoming students.
Students can benefit from medical assistance only if they have the European Sanitary Card.


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Last updated: 
25/09/2017 - 13:32