Erasmus ("European Community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students") is the European Commission's educational programme for Higher Education students, teachers and institutions. It was introduced in 1987 with the aim of increasing student mobility within the European Community, subsequently the European Economic Area countries, and now also the Associated Countries of Central and Eastern Europe, Cyprus and Malta. In 1995 Erasmus became incorporated into the new Socrates programme which covers education from school to university to Life Long Learning. Socrates-Erasmus can involve student mobility, teacher mobility and curriculum development and is based on co-operation agreements between Higher Education Institutions in different participating states.
The Outdoor & Environmental Education Programme first established links with the University of Umeå in Northern Sweden in 2003 with a view to setting up student exchanges funded by the UK Socrates-Erasmus Council. This first of these takes place in Aug-Oct. 2004.
Umeå University offers a full programme of modules delivered in English. It is intended that the first exchanges would take place between late Aug - mid-Oct 2004. OEE students would follow a Swedish Course called 'Environmental Change in the Subarctic' (15 ECTS credits) which is totally delivered at the University's Abisko Research Station. If passed, this course will exempt students from 24 c of optional modules of their Level 3 programme (offered in semester 2). There would still be a requirement to pass ECSEO3101 Outdoor Education Placement (which would need to be undertaken before, or during, the exchange (May-Aug)). OEE students will probably also choose to undertake part of their dissertation work while on this exchange.
To qualify for Socrates-Erasmus funding you must be at the exchange university for a period which covers 3 months.