ELARCH - Mobility

ELARCH - Euro-Latin America partnership in natural Risk mitigation and protection of the Cultural Heritage

ELARCH is a scholarship and mobility project funded under the Erasmus Mundus Action 2 Partnership (EMA2) coordinated by the  University of Basilicata. The project is aimed at fostering scientific cooperation in the field of protection of heritages between European and Latin American Higher Education Institutions. The scholarship programme is open to nationals from Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Paraguay, Argentinal, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Mexico, Panama, Uruguay and Venezuela who want to study or work at one of the nine European partner Universities and to nationals from European Union Countries who want to study or work at one of the eleven Latin American partner Universities.
The project is also supported by a number of associate organizations active in natural risk mitigation and international development.

The ELARCH project expects to move 83 persons from LA to  EU and 36 from EU to LA, throughout 48 months, providing them with scholarships to undertake study, training, research or teaching activity  at one of the  partner universities. Beneficiaries will be selected in three cohort of applicants.

complete mobility
 I  = Incoming mobility (from LA to EU)
O  = Outgoing mobility (from EU to LA)


ELARCH offers you the chance to study at partner institutions of the project and engage in different fields of studiy. Applicants should demosntrate in the application how their proposed activity in a relevanrt field of study-research relates to or is expected to have an impact on earthquake risk awareness and reduction, either in their country or at the international level.

• Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning
• Business Studies and Management Sciences
• Engineering, Technology
• Geography, Geology
• Archeology
• Mathematics
• Informatics
• Other Areas of Study

As an exchange student you do not have to pay any tuition fees abroad. You register at your home university and pay tuition fees there, before your departure. The results of your exams or research period abroad are recognised afterwards by your home university. Please note that we require a minimum of 20 ECTS credits per academic semester you go abroad. This academic recognition is crucial for exchanges. See Frequently Asked Questions FAQ. Important documents are:

- the Learning Agreement
- the Transcript of Records

The European Credit Transfer System was initially set up in 1989 as a pilot scheme within the framework of the Erasmus programme. Its aim at that time was to facilitate the recognition of study periods undertaken abroad by mobile students through the transfer of credits. As a transfer system ECTS has expanded to over 30 countries and has been introduced in more than one thousand higher education institutions. The 40 Signatory States in the Bologna Process have identified ECTS as one of the cornerstones of the European Higher Education Area. A large number of countries have adopted ECTS by law as an accumulation system for their own higher education systems and others are in the process of doing so. In some countries ECTS has become a requirement for accreditation.
ECTS makes study programmes easy to read and compare. It can be used for all types of programmes, whatever their mode of delivery, and for lifelong learning purposes. It serves both mobile and non-mobile students: it can be used for accumulation within an institution and for transfer between institutions. ECTS helps learners moving between countries, within a country, town or region, as well as between different types of institutions; it also covers self-study and work experience. For these reasons the well-known acronym “ECTS” now stands for “European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System".
The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) is a student-centred system based on the student workload required to achieve the objectives of a programme of study. These objectives should preferably be specified in terms of learning outcomes and competences to be acquired.
• ECTS is based on the principle that 60 credits measure the workload of a full-time student during one academic year. The student workload of a full-time study programme in Europe amounts in most cases to around 1500-1800 hours per year and in those cases one credit stands for around 25 to 30 working hours.
• Credits in ECTS can only be obtained after successful completion of the work required and appropriate assessment of the learning outcomes achieved. Learning outcomes are sets of competences, expressing what the student will know, understand or be able to do after completion of a process of learning, long or short.
• Student workload in ECTS consists of the time required to complete all planned learning activities such as attending lectures, seminars, independent and private study, preparation of projects, examinations, and so forth.
• Credits are allocated to all educational components of a study programme (such as modules, courses, placements, dissertation work, etc.) and reflect the quantity of work each component requires to achieve its specific objectives or learning outcomes in relation to the total quantity of work necessary to complete a full year of study successfully.
The ECTS Learning Agreement has been developed for mobile students, spending a limited period of time at a university in another country as it is the case in this ELARCH project (which is based on the Erasmus principle).
The Learning Agreement contains the list of course units or modules which the student plans to take. For each course unit/module the title, the code number and the ECTS credit are indicated.
The Learning Agreement has to be signed by the student, the person who has formal authority to commit the home institution and by an equivalent authority in the receiving institution who thereby guarantees that the incoming student can study the planned course units/modules.
The Learning Agreement guarantees the transfer of credit for courses passed successfully by the student. The competent body or authority of the home university carries out the recognition on the student’s return. The student does not need to negotiate recognition with individual professors. The Learning Agreement, together with the Transcript of Records, is designed to guarantee complete recognition.
Of course, it may happen that a programme of study must be modified after the arrival of the mobile student. In such cases, the Learning Agreement must be amended as soon as possible and signed again by the three parties concerned: the home university, the host university and the student. Only in this way complete recognition of study results can be guaranteed. The learning experience abroad, however, does not need to be completely identical to the learning experience at home.
The Learning Agreement which is used in the ELARCH project is similar to the ECTS document.
The ECTS Transcript of Records is used to document the performance of a student over a certain period of time by listing the course units or modules taken, the credits gained, the local grades awarded and preferably the corresponding ECTS grades. It reflects both the quantity of work and the quality of achievement.
The Transcript of Records is used for mobility students at two separate moments. First it must be issued and sent to the host institution by the home institution for all outgoing students before their departure in order to provide information about the course units/modules that they already have completed and the results obtained. Secondly it must be issued and sent by the host institution to the home institution for all incoming students at the end of their period of study.
The Transcript of Records provides a standard format for recording all study activities carried out by students. It is an essential tool for academic recognition. Therefore, it is crucial to determine who is responsible for producing it and how it is issued and delivered. Institutions should pay special attention to training academic and administrative staff in the use of the Transcript of Records and the conversion of grades.
The achievements of all students, not only mobile students, can be handled systematically within a single computerised system in the Transcript of Records format. This will make it possible to insert an ECTS Transcript of Records in the Diploma Supplement issued to all graduating students, whether they were mobile or not.
Institutions are free to use their own version of the Transcript of Records provided that it contains the elements and follows the sequence suggested in the standard form provided. The use of the standard ECTS Transcript of Records is, however, recommended.

The Home institution should completely recognize the study/research period abroad (including examinations or other forms of assessment, credits awarded, etc.) as an integral part of the study programme, if the conditions stipulated in the learning agreement/work plan have been fulfilled.

  • Grantees attending full degree programmes will be awarded the Host University degree and, if applicable, the diploma supplement or any other equivalent official document (transcript of records).
  • Exchange Undergraduate, Master and, if applicable, Doctorate grantees must agree the Learning Agreement/work plan before the start of the mobility. Doctorate, Post Doctorates and Staff must complete the Work Plan Proposal.
  • For exchange mobility, the process of recognition of studies done abroad will include the following steps:
  • Definition of a study/research programme agreed by both Home and Host Universities. This is done through the Learning Agreement or the Work Plan Proposal;
  • Certification by the Host University of the successful completion of all or part of the study/research activity through the Transcript of Records or the Final Report;
  • FULL Recognition of the study/research activity into the student’s career record at the Home University.
  • The above mentioned documents must be approved and signed by the grantee, the Home University (target group 1) /Partnership Coordinator (for grantees from target groups 2 and 3) and the Host University prior to the mobility abroad.




Project funded by the European Union
Implemented by Università degli Studi della Basilicata


PROJECT  COORDINATOR: Prof. Michelangelo Laterza - University of Basilicata
 Department of European and Mediterranean Cultures: Architecture, Environment, Cultural Heritage (DiCEM) – Matera, Italy

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