Erasmus+ for Higher Education is the European Union's exchange and cooperation programme for higher education institutions. Erasmus+ gives Arcada’s students the possibility to do a part of their studies at one of Arcada’s partner institutions in Europe.

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Arcada takes part in Erasmus+ programme and Arcada’s students can get an Erasmus grant for the Erasmus exchange. Here is important information for students going on Erasmus exchange.

Erasmus code

Arcada’s Erasmus code is SF HELSINK39.
You can check our partner institutions’ Erasmus codes in our partner institution database

Erasmus Student Charter

Read about your rights and obligations related to the Erasmus+ exchange in the Erasmus Student Charter, file attached below.

Arcada’s Erasmus partners

You can find a list of Arcada’s partner institutions in our partner institution database. Click on the univeristy's name to find out if we have an Erasmus, a Nordplus or a Bilateral agreement with that university.

Online Erasmus+ Learning Agreement

Students going on Erasmus exchange starting from autumn 2021 must fill in the Online Erasmus Learning Agreement before the start of the mobility period. More information will be published later in spring 2021. A study plan with choice of courses for the exchange period shall be submitted in the application. More about the choice of courses.

If you change your study plan (choice of courses) during your exchange you need to change your Online Learning Agreement. In case you have started your mobility period during the academic year 2020-21, please fill in the form Changes to Learning Agreement (an attachment to your Learning Agreement). More information about this and the Changes to Learning Agreement forms can be found here.


A list of ISCED subject area codes can be found attached to this page. You might need the list when filling in your Online learning Agreement.

ERASMUS+ language tests and language courses

Students participating in Erasmus+ student exchange must carry out an obligatory online language assessment before the exchange period. You can also assess your language skills after the mobility period but as of the academic year 2020-2021, it is no longer compulsory.

The Erasmus+ Online Linguistic Support (OLS) language assessment is mandatory for all Erasmus students (with the exception of native speakers).

The online language assessment takes approximately 40 minutes and it assesses participants' language skills in listening, reading and writing. You will receive an email with username and password to the language test after you have been admitted to the host university.

Based on your language proficiency you have the opportunity to follow an online language course in OLS platform before and during your mobility period. You will receive more information about the OLS language assessment and courses in the pre-departure training before your mobility period. You can find more information about OLS language assessment and language courses below.

ERASMUS+ grants

Students who go on exchange through the Erasmus+ programme will get an Erasmus+ grant via Arcada. More information about Erasmus+ grants can be found here. It is important to notice that you must apply for the grant in time before your exchange period starts.

At the end of your Erasmus exchange

At the end of your Erasmus exchange you should ask the international coordinator of your host university to sign a Letter of Confirmation form as a certificate of the length of your exchange period. Hand in the signed Letter of Confirmation to Arcada’s international affairs after your exchange period. Please find instructions on: after your exchange period.

Conditions for participation in the Erasmus+ program

The minimum period for an Erasmus exchange has in autumn 2021 changed from 3 months to 2 months (60 days) but we still recommend that you go on exchange for one or two semesters. The minimum period for Erasmus practical training abroad is also 60 days (2 months). You can participate in the Erasmus+ program (student exchange and work placement) up to maximum of 12 months in each study level (bachelor/master/doctoral).

General information about the Erasmus+ program

Arcada’s Erasmus Charter (ECHE) is publiched on External link.

Erasmus+ is an EU-funded program. More information about Erasmus+ can be found on the website of the European Commission External link. The Finnish National Board of Education External linkis hosting the national agency for the European Union´s education and youth programmes