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Political Agreement about Erasmus Mundus Programmes in Place

June 26, 2009
The Government has made a political agreement with the Social Democratic Party on the future regulation and financing of the so-called Erasmus Mundus education programmes.

The agreement ensures that Danish universities will still be able to take an active part in the prestigious special Master's programmes in EU. At the same time, via scholarships for studying abroad, Danish students will now be able to finance parts of their education spent at foreign universities where tuition fees are charged.

The main elements of the agreement, finally negotiated by party spokespersons Charlotte Dyremose (Conservative), Kirsten Brosbøl (Social Democrats) and Malou Aamund (Liberal), together with Science Minister Helge Sander, are as follows:

  • In partnership with universities abroad, Danish universities can offer Erasmus Mundus programmes if the programme has been granted a positive accreditation and has been approved.
  • Taximeter funding, i.e. funding per FTE student, is available for EU/EEA students for those parts of an Erasmus Mundus programme that are completed at a Danish university.
  • Students who are entitled to Danish state educational support can finance any tuition fees necessary for a period of studying abroad through a scholarship for studying abroad. This applies even if in doing so the student is in receipt of a scholarship for studying abroad for more than two years.
  • The universities may not enter into agreements concerning Erasmus Mundus programmes with universities that charge tuition fees exceeding the Danish scholarship for studying abroad.
  • More detailed rules are to be laid down for Erasmus Mundus programmes in Denmark concerning enrolment, admission, issuing of diplomas, etc.
  • A university's Erasmus Mundus agreement must state that students who are enrolled in the programme must be admitted to one of the universities that offer the programmes. The admitting university is responsible for ensuring that students are informed of their rights and the conditions that apply to the programme, including during their study abroad. The admitting university is also responsible for ensuring that the student can complete the entire programme, and that a valid diploma is issued after completion of the programme.

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