General Information

Erasmus + is the new EU program for education, training, youth and sport for the years 2014-2020, approved by the European Parliament November 19th, 2013.
 IED is an applicant for the call of proposals 2015 for the award of the Erasmus+ Programme mobility grants  – under the Key Action 1 – Learning Mobility of Individuals , student mobility for study purposes.

Erasmus + mobility grants are designed to promote study abroad with the aim to enable students to attend other European universities , holder Erasmus Charter ( ECHE – Erasmus Charter for Higher Education) .

Why study abroad?

1. Learn to interact with different cultures, creating one’s own network.

2. Integrate new Learning methods.

3. Develop the adaptive capabilities while enjoying a unique experience both at personal and professional levels.

4. Acquire the necessary skills to work in an international environment in the near future.

5. Learn to cope with an increasingly globalized world.

Istituto Europeo di Design has cooperation ( Inter- Institutional Agreements ) with prestigious European universities in order to offer our students the opportunity to participate in the Erasmus program. The selected students have the opportunity to enrich their academic curriculum by attending free of charge a semester at an institution partners holder Erasmus Charter (ECHE Erasmus Charter for Higher Education), with the recognition of periods of study abroad.

The Erasmus Programme, on the basis of the agreements, maintains free nature limited to costs related to the attendance. The student will have to bear the cost of travel, insurance coverage (or adherence to a policy proposed by Host Institution) , accommodation, meals , teaching materials and any expenses related to the application for a visa (where necessary).


The Erasmus program is addressed to students who attend an Academic Diploma First Level  at a partner university of IED.

IED website provides information on all programs.

Courses are taught in Spanish, English. Information on the teaching language are reported in the course description.

For further details please contact the International Affairs Office.


IED Madrid- Yudy Esquijarosa –

IED Barcelona- Eduard Castañé –


Applicants must be:

  • registered in a Higher Education Institution, which holds an ECHE and that has signed the Inter-Institutional Erasmus agreement with IED;
  • enrolled in Higher Education studies leading to a recognized degree.

Academic requirements

  • have good academic standing at Home University, according to the country evaluation system at the country
  • have completed at least one year of university study. 

Language requirements

Good knowledge of the language in which the course is offered . The language level and or certification (DELE, TOEFL , IELTS or similar ) required by the host University are indicated in the agreements. The minimum level required is the B1 , unless otherwise specified by the University .
The candidate must demonstrate proficiency prior to departure to the host university .

In addition :
• For mobility during the 1st semester of 2nd year:

Regular administrative position ( tuition fees ) to the second year of the course;
     – Successful completion of all first-year exams before the summer session ( June-July ).

• For mobility during the 2nd semester of the 2nd year:

Regular administrative position ( tuition fees ) and attendance to the second year of the course;
     – Successful completion of all first-year exams before the summer session ( June-July ) .

• For mobility during the 1st semester of the 3rd year:

Regular administrative position ( tuition fees ) to the third year of the course ;
     – Successful completion of all the exams of the second year before the summer session ( June-   July ).


Applicants will be firstly selected by their Home University and then they will be recommended to IED, which will have the final say on whether to accept and enrol the student based on its Statutes, Rules and Orders.

Erasmus students will pursue an academic program developed in consultation with the student’s Home University.  IED will permit the Erasmus students to enrol in a normal course load and in all courses where they meet the IED prerequisites and language proficiency requirements. It is understood that quota limitation, normal timetabling and scheduling constraints apply to all students.

Documents required

–          Erasmus Application Form (filled out and signed)
-          Personal Resume
-          Motivation Letter
-          Recommendations from coordinator/teacher of the course (at Home University)
-          Copy of most recent university Transcript of Records
-          Portfolio (in digital format  – max: 10 MG)
-          Copy of passport
-          Learning Agreement (plan of subjects and credits approved by the Home University)
-          Any Language proficiency Certificate

All these documents must be sent to the reference person in charge at the IED Seat where the student intends submit the application.


The Erasmus Programme lasts one semester.

  • Fall semester: from October to mid of February
  • Spring semester: from mid of February to end of June

Each school can decide the best period to welcome exchange students.


  • Fall semester: March 15th to May 1st
  • Spring semester: October 1st to November 1st


The International Affairs Office of the headquarter (Madrid/ Barcelona), once verified the suitability of candidates submitted by the partner universities , it forwards the Coordinator / Assistant Course all the documentation for the evaluation of applications. The final selection of students is based on the opinion expressed by the Course Coordinator and the availability of places. In case of positive evaluation, the C.E. Headquarters of delivery to the Administrative Office a copy of the Application Form completed by the student and a photocopy of your passport . The Administrative Office issues the Letters of Acceptance for the selected candidates which are sent by email and by mail to the Erasmus Coordinators of the partner universities , together with the following documents:

– Application form
– General Regulations IED

The documents must be sent to the International Affair Office duly completed and signed by the students, which will send a copy to the Administrative Office .


Erasmus students are required to arrive at least one week before the course starts.

Before arrival, they should check the regulations in force to entry Spain for study reasons.

The IED Erasmus Coordinator can provide students with the International Student Guide and an information of accommodation options.

The Erasmus Programme, pursuant to the stipulated agreements, is free of charge regarding attendance costs. The student will have to bear the cost of the trip, the insurance coverage (or subscribe an insurance policy proposed by the host institute), accommodation, meals, course materials and any expense related to visa (where needed).


Upon arrival at IED, Erasmus students have to contact IED Erasmus Coordinator, who will assist them in completing their registration at IED Secretary Administrative Office (providing the documents listed in “Selection process”).

After registering, they will meet the Course coordinator, who has to approve the Learning Agreement.

They will receive their IED Student Card to have access to the full range of student support facilities (as the computer labs, modelling lab, library, etc.).

While on exchange, students will be subject to the IED Statutes, Rules, Orders, policies, procedures, guidelines and discipline and all relevant local laws.


IED uses credits to measure the student workload required in order to complete a course of module. The credit system takes into account the various components of the learning experience: in-class lecture with instructor, lab activities, and individual study outside of class. Students receive course credit by completing the necessary course work and passing the relevant exams as established by the IED didactic department as per the course regulations.

IED adheres to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) that define one credit (CF) as twenty five 25 “course hours” which include lecture, labs, project work and individual study time. A IED class hour is equal to 120 minutes of instruction.

One full academic year is equivalent to 60 ECTS credits, and one semester is equivalent to 30 ECTS.

Erasmus students will receive a Transcript of Records at the end of their exchange semester.

Credits can be recognized by the Home University, in accordance with the appropriate regulations.

IED grades are expressed in tenth (10/10).

Spanish Grade System

0,0 – 4,9 Fail (SS)

5,0-6,9 Pass (AP)

7,0 – 8,9 Good (NT)

9,0 – 10,0 Merit (SB)

9,6 – 10,0 Distintion (Merit of distinction) (MH)


Equivalent evaluation judgement


Very Good






Equivalent ECTS grade








Outstanding performance with only minor errors

Above the average standard but with some errors

Generally sound work with a number of notable errors

Fair but with significant shortcomings

Performance meets the minimum criteria

Some more work required before the final mark can be assigned

Considerable further work is required

IED Mark according Spanish Grade System mentiones above

9,6 -10,0


 7,0 – 8,9

6,0 -6,9

5,0 – 5,9

3,0 – 4,9