What is Erasmus?
Who is Eligible?
Criteria for selecting students for Erasmus Exchange Programme
3rd year student (BSc Nursing – General, Psychiatric, Intellectual Disability, Midwifery), or 4th year student (BSc – Integrated)
Having passed end of year examinations at the first attempt
Having passed clinical learning outcomes and competencies at the first attempt
No evidence or history of Supportive Learning Plans (SLPs)
No more than one week of uncertified or any unaccounted absence from practice placements
It must be possbile to accomadate the Erasmus placement within the student 4 year allocation plan
Satisfactory overall record of college attendance (80%)
Judgement of motivational letter by selection panel (this panel will consist of the Allocations Officer and relevant academic personnel)
Supporting reference (e.g. preceptor, CPC, lecturer, personal character reference)
Willing to undergo health and Garda clearance check for host university
If there are more student applications than places, and more students meeting the criteria than available places, than – in order to maintain equity – a random draw will take place for the available places
Applications received after the closing date will not be considered
Where can I go on Erasmus?
Under the Erasmus student exchange programme, opportunities have been developed for BSc Nursing and BSc Midwifery students to undertake a 3 months’ practice placement experience in Finland, in either
The placement forms part of your overall placement experiences. There are opportunities for all students, irrespective of branch of study. The grant available for Finland currently is approximately €1300 for the 3 months’ stay.
Exploratory visits have been undertaken to both universities and their respective practice placement areas. Both universities offer introductory modules in the Finnish language and culture as part of your overall orientation.
All placement areas have experience of supporting incoming Erasmus students, and all areas meet our audit criteria. There is a similar support network available to you as you would have experienced here in Cork i.e. there are preceptors, practice educators (similar to CPCs) and lecturers who will support you during your placement.
You will work on your clinical learning outcomes or competencies as you would if you had a placement ‘at home’. Your placement will also count towards your An Bord Altranais registration requirements.
The intention is to widen the range of Erasmus exchange opportunities over the coming years to other European countries.
Equally, we are extending a welcome to Finnish students who wish to undertake a nursing experience in one of the Cork Health Service Providers.
Further details can be found on the International Education Office website
We hope that you will consider the option of a placement abroad. Not only does it provide an excellent opportunity to experience a different health care environment, it is also a very good opportunity to experience a different culture.
Dr Sean Kelleher, College Lecturer & Mr Sean McCloskey, Allocations Officer
How to apply?
Students will be informed of the relevant closing dates for Erasmus applications via email from Dr. Sean Kelleher.
Applications must be submitted by email to Dr. Sean Kelleher (S.Kelleher@ucc.ie). Your application must include all requested supporting documentation i.e. supporting reference, motivational letter (scanned and attached to your email). Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
Links to other supporting documentation required by the host Erasmus area and International Office will be provided on this section of the web site.