The Erasmus Program is the largest European initiative that enables Bulgarian students to be admitted and study at a foreign university (between 3 and 12 months). The NBU has been developing the program since 1999. Student mobility is based on bilateral agreements between the home university and universities from EU member-states. The bilateral agreements specify all parameters of student mobility – level of education, duration in months, fields of study, and subjects of study. Upon the completion of the period of study, during which the grant is used, the host university is required to provide information about the educational modules and the results from student’s studies. Both the host university and the home university are required to recognize the educational modules taken by the student prior to and during the mobility.
At the NBU, student mobility started with two students from the programs in computer systems and technologies in 2000. At present, the NBU has signed 120 Bilateral agreements for exchange of students and lecturers with 115 European universities from 20 countries from the European Union. NBU has extended Erasmus University Chart (EUC) for the whole period of LLP Program 2013-2017.
EUC reference number: 85427-IC-1-2007-1-BG-ERASMUS-EUCX-1. ID CODE: BG SOFIA02.
Furthermore, the NBU is the first university that has been winning for 4 years and implementing a project for initial intensive training in Bulgarian of foreign Erasmus students. In all these years, the course was attended by approximately 40 students who after that continued their Erasmus period of studies at the NBU and other Bulgarian universities. As part of the same project, the NBU issues brochures and a booklet with information for students who attend the intensive language course in Bulgarian.
To help foreign Erasmus students, the NBU has been winning a project for three years and has been publishing ECTS Guide for Incoming Erasmus students who want to study at the NBU on exchange basis under the ERASMUS Program. The contents include information about the NBU, about all departments and their international contacts, about all courses offered in a foreign language by different taught programs that have Bilateral agreements under the ERASMUS Program and apply the European Credit Transfer System. Useful practical information is also available. For the first 10 years, ERASMUS at the NBU sent approximately 500 students who achieved mobility; more than 180 foreign Erasmus students were admitted and more than 300 Bulgarian and European lecturers traveled under the same agreements. The NBU was visited by 100 visiting lecturers who held courses, seminars or gave separate lectures.