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The world, a huge campus

The world, a huge campus

The UB has 3,578 agreements with international universities that allow the students to choose their host country in all continents

Applications for the Erasmus mobility programme for the next academic year can be submitted until January 17. This European programme starts a new stage, and it will unveil several changes and innovations until 2027. International mobility is becoming a structural element of higher education.

International mobility is becoming a structural element of higher education

Carrying out a part of our studies in another country is a personal and training experience. Paula Paul, who went on an exchange program at the University of Freiburg, she coursed subjects that did not exist in Barcelona: “You can study subjects your university does not offer”, she said in the 3rd International Mobility Fair, an annual session organized by the UB to guide those students who want to study abroad. Another participant in this fair, Paula Liñán, went on an Erasmus in England, at the Oxford Brookes University. She improved her English there: “When I came back from England, I felt more confident and I passed the exam to get the accreditation for a higher level of English”.

The UB has a total of 3,578 agreements with International universities that allow students to choose their host country in all continents. Out of all these exchange agreements, 116 are with some of the top 200 universities worldwide in The Times Higher Education ranking (THE). Guillermo Pujadas, who conducted a stay in the University of California, Berkeley, says that, through these agreements “one can study in centres like this in the United States paying the fees of a Barcelona public university”.

The new Erasmus programme

Of all the international mobility programmes, the Erasmus one is the one with more students. The most known area of this programme is the exchange for bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and now, doctoral degrees too. Also, students have the chance to conduct their internship or practicals abroad and go on a stay outside Europe. The programme is undergoing some changes following the strategical lines of digitalization, inclusion, sustainability and civic commitment. So far, this year the students can process their documentation digitally and can receive additional economic aids if their use environmentally sustainable transport, such as the train.

Apart from the Erasmus, UB students can carry out a mobility stay through the specific agreements signed by the several faculties, under the name Global Faculty UB; and the framework of the general agreements of the UB with other universities, under the Global UB umbrella. All the students who go on an international stay can apply for several economic aids. These can be from the UB, external entities —such as the MOBINT-MIF grants given by the Catalan Government, or the Santander Estudis grants—, and aids linked to the same mobility program, like in Erasmus.

The future of mobility

Regarding the next academic year, mobility stays will still be under renovation, after episodes like the pandemic or Brexit. The academic year 2022/2023, those students who want to study in the United Kingdom will be able to do so, like now, within the Erasmus programme, but under the formula of UE-associated country.

Mobility is evolving to become more structural during the university studies. “Mobility periods and new hybrid categories, with a face-to-face learning format and another online, need to be included in the design of the syllabuses. They should not be considered an independent or complementary activity but involved in the structural system of the cycles of our studies”, notes the delegate of the Rector for International Networks and Mobility, Bibiana Crespo. “This is the philosophy that feeds CHARM-EU and that has to support the university of the future: make mobility a norm by offering new mobility windows that allow more students to go on an international stay at some point during their academic life”.

Students asking for information in a stand at the International Mobility Fair of the UB, in 2019.
Screenshot of the 2020 edition of the International Mobility Fair of the UB