Information for Outgoing Students

Preparing the Mobility Semester

Overview

For their mobility semester, all MEi:CogSci students have to spend their third semester abroad at one of our parter universities. However, MEi:CogSci students and the programme coordinators start organising the mobility semester already in the first semester.

In the beginning of December MEi:CogSci students and the MEi:CogSci consortium members (professors and coordinators) from all partner universities meet at the Comenius University in Bratislava.

At the info meeting, each partner university presents its local MEi:CogSci mobility semester implementation and available options for project work and specialisation. The information provided will help students to choose a partner university for their mobility semester.

Furthermore, students from all the partner universities meet for the first time. After the info meeting, all students and consortium members are invited to spend the evening together at the christmas market in Bratislava.

MEi:CogSci Mobility Semester Info & X-mas Meeting

When: 1 December 2017, start 16:15
Where: Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics, Comenius University, Mlynská dolina, 84248 Bratislava (map), lecture hall C

You can take the train from "Wien Hauptbahnhof" to "Bratislava hl.st." and then take the bus 32 to the University (stop: Botanicka Zahrada, then walk to the faculty). An OEBB return-ticket including public transport in Bratislava is offered for 16€.

You may also have a look at the research groups at CEU (Central European University) and the course profile of the annual Budapest Semester in Cognitive Science.

Selecting a Partner University for the Mobility Semester

Students rank the partner universities for the mobility semester according to their preferences.

  • After the mobility semester info meeting you will receive an email with a link to an online form.
  • You fill out some personal information (name, matriculation number, email address, home university) and rank the partner universites (first, second, third choice).
  • You can specify your research interests in an optional field in this form. We recommend filling in this information as it allows the programme coordinators to provide feedback in case any issues should arise. (For instance, you might select a partner university because you would like to work with a specific researcher. However, the local coordinator may already know, that this researcher will be abroad in the next winter semester.)

Deadline for Submitting Your Ranking

The deadline for submitting the online form with your ranking is 31 December 2017.

There is a limited number of places available at each partner university, i.e., it is not possible for all students of a local cohort to do their mobility semester at the same partner university. Students need to be distributed equally among the partner universities. In case of unproportional distribution, students should negotiate an equal and fair distribution with regards to students’ interests amongst themselves. The programme coordinators will inform you about the number of places available at each partner university. Please take into account that some of your colleagues might need to see a doctor regularly, may have children, need to work to finance their studies, etc., and therefore may have a clear preference for going to a certain university.

In case the number of students exceeds the number of places available at a specific university, the programme coordinators will inform you and ask you to discuss the situation among your cohort. You can also ask the coordinators about alternative suggestions for partner universities with respect to your interests. In the past, it has always been possible to reach a compromise everyone is satisfied with. Yet, in the worst case, the coordinators will resolve this issue by means of randomisation.

Applying for the ERASMUS+ scholarship

After the distribution of students among our partner universities has been finalised, students apply for an ERASMUS+ scholarship for their mobility semester. The programme coordinators will inform you about this via email.

Deadline for applying for ERASMUS+

Be aware of the ERASMUS+ application deadline on 15 March 2018!

In Case You are not Eligible for an ERASMUS+ scholarship

In case you are not eligible for an ERASMUS+ scholarship, please contact the programme coordinators at meicogsci@univie.ac.at as soon as possible.

We will try to get a CEEPUS scholarship for you.

Notes and Tips on the ERASMUS+ Application

  • The academic semester start and end differ across universities.
  • We suggest that you fill in a period of six months in your Erasmus+ form (independent of the specific semester period of the partner university).
  • Fill in the module names of the third semester in the Erasmus learning agreement (for both home and host university) in such a way that they amount to 30 ECTS:
    • S-I-CS New Trends in Cognitive Science (10 ECTS) [mandatory]
    • S-I-PJ Special Topic of Interest (20, 15, or 10 ECTS) [mandatory]
    • S-I Special Topic of Interest (10, or 5 ECTS) [optional]
    • W-D-C Elective (5 ECTS) [optional]

      You do not need to stick to the modules (selection and ECTS) in the way you specify them in this initial learning agreement. You can still change this once the mobility semester starts . (There is a section in the learning agreement to enter changes when the mobility semester starts.)
  • Be aware that the ERASMUS+ learning agreement and MEi:CogSci learning contract are two different documents. (The learning agreement is only relevant for the ERASMUS+ scholarship.)

Considering Project Work and Potential Supervisors for the Mobility Semester

Start to think about your project work and potential supervisors at the end of the second semester. We recommend that you try to contact potential supervisors for project work before the mobility semester starts.

 

Preparing Your Learning Contract for the Mobility Semester

The Mobility Semester Learning Contract (LC) is the relevant legal document to recognise your modules/grades/ECTS for the MEi:CogSci curriculum at your home university. (That is, grades cannot be recognised at your home university based on your transcript of the host university without the learning contract.)

Three types of learning contracts are available for the mobility semester. The type of learning contract depends on the type of project work you are doing.

Download the learning contract for the mobility semester that fits your type of project work:

Important Note

All the modules and project descriptions for the courses and projects you are doing must be in one document, i.e., hand in one learning contract document for all your Project work. (Please do not use two LC documents.)

  • In case you are doing two projects copy the sections from point 3 and paste them as point 4.
  • In case you are doing two different types of projects, copy the sections from the relevant type of the Mobility Semester Learning Contract document.

Note that the second project module is called "S-I Special Topic of Interest". (This is important for grade recognition.)

 

More information coming soon...