What is International Credit Mobility (ICM Program)?
For over 25 years, Europe has funded the Erasmus+ program, which has enabled over 3 million European students to spend part of their studies in another higher education institution (HEI) elsewhere in Europe. Erasmus+ now opens up these opportunities to students and staff from other parts of the World. Under international credit mobility, a HEI in a Partner Country can send its students and vice versa. Students are able to study abroad for a limited period of 3 to 12 months for which credits are obtained. After the mobility phase, the students return to their sending institution to complete their studies. List of partner and program countries can be seen here.
How to apply?
The students registered in formal education programs at higher education institutions may benefit from the program on the condition that their home institution and ISTE signed a bilateral Erasmus+ ICM Exchange Agreement.
There is a specific unit at ISTE IRO, which carries out all the ICM operations at ISTE. This unit is responsible for organizing application calls for its outgoing students and conducting both outgoing and incoming student exchange mobility periods in tandem with the partner institutions. Also, the sending institutions are responsible for organizing their application calls for their outgoing students and announce the application dates and procedures at least 20 days prior to accepting applications on their institution’s website. During this process ISTE IRO stays in touch with the partner institutions. International Offices in the partner universities organize a fair, transparent and documented selection process. After the selection process, the partner institutions first nominate their selected candidates and then send application documents, belongs to selected students. Individual applications (without official nominations by the sending institution) will not be accepted by ISTE IRO. Prior to their application documents sent, selected students must be officially nominated by their home university. An official nomination by the applicant's home university should be sent by e-mail to email@example.com
After selected by their home university, the student should prepare, fill and sign the followed forms/documents (if required). The selection committee report,the assessment list, written notification and home university confirmation letter should be prepared by the home university. The application documents for ICM Program is as follows;
- Selection Committee Report*
- The Assessment List*
- A written notification or an announcement which indicates that the student selected for benefiting from the student mobility (for instance e-mail copy sent to the selected student or a screenshot of the announcement on your website)
- Student Application Form*
- Learning Agreement for Studies*
- Home University Confirmation Letter*
- English Proficiency Document* (at least B1 level for English language)
- Transcript of Records
- Copy of Passport / National ID Card
* These draft documents will also be provided by ISTE IRO unit in case the partner institution’s request.
- Minimum study years for undergraduate students: Undergraduate nominees must have completed a minimum of 1 year at your institution before visiting ISTE.
- MS/PhD Students: ISTE will accept graduate students for exchange only if:
a) They agree to take courses at our institution. Or,
b) They find a Research Supervisor at ISTE (by themselves) who is ready to accept to study with the student. In this case, the student should submit an acceptance letter from the agreed supervisor during the application period. Please note that it is not possible for IRO to assign academic supervisors to students who want to conduct research work at ISTE.
Medium of instruction at ISTE is English at all levels and programs for exchange students. Please bear in mind that in order to be able to follow courses at ISTE, students are strongly recommended to have adequate level of English, meaning B1 level language competence according to Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
Application Deadline for Fall (Autumn) Semester
Application Deadline for Spring Semester
Monthly Grant Amount for Incoming Students
Incoming students, who will be visiting ISTE within the framework of Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility (ICM) program with scholarships recieve 800 EUR per month for individual support and some amount of travel support, ranging from 20 EUR to 1500 EUR, determined according to the distance of home university and Iskenderun (https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/resources/distance-calculat...) Students receive 80% of the total amount (individual support + travel support) at the beginning of the semester; and remaining 20% upon the successful completion of the semester.
It is possible to benefit from the program without scholarships (zero-grant).
Additional Grant for Disabled Participants
For disabled participants, it is possible to receive additional grants to meet their specific needs. In order for the disabled staff to be given additional grants, ISTE IRO is required to request additional grants from the Turkish National Agency. The applications for additional grants should be made during the term of the contract, but in any case up to 60 days before the contract end date. The Turkish National Agency will evaluate each application specifically and determine whether the additional grant can be granted, and if so, the appropriate grant amount. In order to learn more about the application forms, you may contact ISTE IRO.
Useful Information for the Selected Beneficiaries
Please find the following web link including information like how to get to ISTE campus, Iskenderun City, social life, food, student clubs, useful telephone numbers, cost of living, accommodation, insurance, financial support for students, student affairs office, practical information for mobile students, language courses etc