I think that as a future designer, it’s important to continually seek to enrich your experiences, your sources of inspiration and your working methods.
Victoire, student at LISAA Nantes, spent a semester at Vilnius Design College, Lithuania 2014
REASONS TO TRAVEL ABROAD
To enrich studies with new experiences
By developing its international dimension, LISAA enables students who wish to work internationally to acquire during their course the experience and skills they will need to do so, whilst encouraging them to discover different methods, cultures and perspectives, which will enrich their future professional practices.
Students have the opportunity to study abroad, a semester during the course, or as a year out between the first and the second year of their master's in Digital Art Direction.
To learn how to adapt
In addition to mastering language skills and discovering a country’s culture, international work placements enable students to acquire the skill of being able to adapt to new environments and a different lifestyle and job. This is a bonus for being able to respond to the needs of the current job market.
To stay at the cutting edge of education
LISAA also wishes to enable its teaching staff to aim for excellence on a par with the contemporary professional landscape, and to have a transparency regarding its courses and qualifications, on both a European and international scale.
In May 2012, LISAA joined the international network, Cumulus, which brings together 189 art and design schools and universities in 46 countries. Created under the initiative of the University of Helsinki in 1990, this international association aims to promote research and teaching in art and design. Ahead of exchanges, partnerships and transferal of best practices in education and research, this network facilitates student and teacher mobility internationally at LISAA.
LISAA is part of Erasmus+, a European Union programme aiming to reinforce the quality and European dimension of further education by facilitating European mobility and improving the transparency of studies throughout the EU. The attribution of charter status enables LISAA’s students to participate in activities supported by this programme. See the programme presentation.
As such, during their time at LISAA, students are able to:
- Undertake a work placement in a company in another European country.
- Continue their studies at establishments in other European countries, over the course of a semester, usually the fall semester of the 3rd year, in the framework of pre-established inter-university agreements.
Over the course of time, LISAA has developed close relationships and partnerships with different establishments inside and outside of Europe from both an academic and professional point of view. Students wishing to benefit from the mobility of the Erasmus+ programme can undertake an exchange with the partner schools listed below, depending on your speciality:
- Helmo Liège (Liège / Belgium)
- Vilnius College of Design (Vilnius / Lituania)
- Thomas More Mechelen (Malines / Belgiim)
- Istituto Europeo di Design (Milan / Italia)
- Istituto Europeo du Design (Madrid / Spain)
- VIA (Aarhus / Denmark)
- Instituto Superior de Design IADE (Lisbonne / Portugal)
- Köln International School of Design (Köln / Germany)
- Manchester Metropolitan University (Manchester / United-Kingdom)
- Hochschule Trier (Germany)
- Abadir Academy (Italy)
LISAA’s partner schools enable educational exchanges to take place outside of the ERASMUS+ framework. Each year, a number of LISAA students have the possibility of following a semester abroad. LISAA also hosts international teachers from these schools, particularly in the case of workshops.
BEING ELIGIBLE FOR MOBILITY
Mobility is open to all students who wish to study abroad. Available places are allocated to the most motivated students with the strongest application forms.
- End of May to leave for the autumn semester (Sept-Jan)
- End of October to leave for the spring semester (Feb-May)
To study abroad in the school of their choice, students at LISAA must submit an application form.
1 – Submit mobility application to the ERASMUS+ coordinator before 31st May for the first semester, or the 1st November for the second semester
2 – Consult the list of partner universities and schools and define mobility project
3 – Prepare application
Download the application form and also provide the following:
- Cover letter + CV;
- Copy of grade certificates;
- Copy of ID card/passport;
- Portfolio of work;
- Certification of level of language spoken at host university (if available).
4 – Selection Interview
With a director of studies who will confirm via email the acceptance or refusal of the application.
5 – Publication of accepted mobility applications
6 – Preparation of mobility dossier
The mobility dossier must include the following documents:
- The partner university’s application form, signed by the ERASMUS+ coordinator or director of studies;
- Two copies of the student contract signed by the student (original);
- Two copies of the course contract.
7 – Reception of admissions letter from the partner university
TRANSFERRING ECTS CREDITS
LISAA joined the Bachelor-Master-Doctorate system in 2013. As a result, LISAA’s courses can be transferred under the ECTS credits system.
ECTS - European Credit Transfer System
- The ECTS enables courses to be understood and compared. It facilities mobility and international academic recognition.
- ECTS credits translate the quantity of work that each course unit requires in relation to the global volume of work required to complete a full year of study in an establishment.
- A university year represents 60 credits and a semester 30. Students must obtain the total number of credits required to continue to the following year.
ECTS Credits Explained
- Number of credits: to complete a semester of studies, the student must accumulate 60 credits, 30 for a semester.
- Credit validation: there are no half measures in the attribution of credits for a subject – students either obtain the totality of credits or none. Students must obtain the totality of credits in all subjects in order to continue to the following year.
- Procedure for recognition of results obtained abroad: the student must provide the following to their ERASMUS+ coordinator, no later than one month after their mobility period: grade certificates, a certificate of return and a final report. Local marks, grades and ECTS credits should be included in the grade certificates.
The coordinator and teaching advisors will proceed with the transcription of local grades and ECTS grades (according to the ECTS grading scale) in order to transfer them to the student’s grade records at LISAA with the titles of classes taken abroad. The programme will be noted on Europass, the student’s qualification supplement.
DURING THE MOBILITY PERIOD
Send the following to LISAA’s ERASMUS+ coordinator:
- Arrival certificate;
- The Study Contract, signed by the student, the director of studies of the host school or university and the teaching advisor at LISAA;
- The results to a language test from the middle of the semester.
AFTER THE MOBILITY PERIOD
Send the following to LISAA’s ERASMUS+ coordinator:
- A completion form;
- A final student report;
- Grade records.