Incoming Students Spain


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 or English. Information on the teaching language is reported in the course description.

For further details please contact the International Affairs Office.


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

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).


For mobility during the 2nd semester of the 3rd year:

Regular administrative position (tuition fees) and attendance to the third year of the course;

Successful completion of all first-year exams 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 enroll 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 enroll 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

Students who wish to access the programme must submit the following documents:

–          Erasmus Application Form (filled out and signed)
–          Curriculum vitae, Europass model
–          Motivation letter in Spanish or English

–          Recommendations from coordinator/teacher of the course (at Home University)
–          Copy of most recent university Transcript of Records
–          Project portfolio (max. 5Mb via e-mail or via online file-transferring platform)
–          Copy of passport data page
–          Learning Agreement (plan of subjects and credits approved by the Home University)
–          Language certificate (European Language Passport): B1 level in Spanish or English is recommended


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

IED Madrid- Yudy Esquijarosa –

IED Barcelona- Eduard Castañé –

For a full list of our Erasmus partners click here 

*If the institution/centre where you study doesn’t hold an Erasmus Agreement with IED Spain, and you wish to apply for a semester in IED Madrid or IED Barcelona, please provide the International Affairs Office or Erasmus Coordinator contact to International Affairs Office: Yudy Esquijarosa



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, 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 International Affairs Office delivers to the Administrative Office a copy of the Application Form completed by the student and a photocopy of the 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
– Disciplinary Regulations IED
– Triennial General Regulations
– Appendix to the Administrative Rules and Regulations.

The documents must be sent to the IED International Affairs Office duly completed and signed by the students. A copy must be sent 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 will provide students with the International Student Guide as well as all the necessary information related to their stay in Spain. All the incoming students receive accommodation support,visa information,participate at Spanish language courses(free of charge)and participate at the meetings organized for them.The procedures related to agreement accommodation, health insurance are carried out by the Hospitality area and in case of difficulties it directly intercedes.

All incoming students are offered free of charge Spanish course (120h blended learning=60h presencial+60h online).A week after the students has been informed they are selected as incoming Erasmus students, take a prior online level test (to determine their proficiency. Online classes start a month before the mobility (Jan and Sept). Classroom sessions are formed according to the level. In order to know national customs and culture visits to museums and sightseeing tours are organized.

All the incoming students that attend our free Spanish course receive a certificate of attendance. Making the final exam(optional) they obtain a mark on their certificate and 4 ECTS credits/semester for the language course).Each incoming student/staff is designated a buddy in order to guarantee the better integration in the community and the country’s style of life. Our multi-ethnic community (staff/students) helps us to promote the dialogue between different cultures.

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”).

Upon arrival each incoming student is assigned a buddy .

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