Recognition of credits and credit transfer
All course components or specialised short courses have a minimum of 3 credits and always a round number of credits. One credit represents between 25 and 30 hours of student investment time (SIT). Maximum 1,5 credits can be earned in a week of full-time study at ITM. In our online course catalogue, you can find specific information on credits and SIT for each course.
All formally assessed learning experiences at ITM result in credits (e.g. course components or specialised short courses) and can be recognised for master degree purposes or for obtaining a Flemish postgraduate (minimum 20 credits) certificate.
A diploma contract specifies which credits, earned at ITM or through mobility (whether from national or international accredited higher education institutions or programmes), are recognised for degree purposes. Grades are transferred based on grading tables. If grading intervals are different (pass/fail, A B C D, or score/20), a student will receive the average mark from the corresponding grading interval at ITM.
Credit certificates for specialized short courses are issued, within 4 weeks, and include a grading table.
Degrees are issued according to Flemish laws, with a legal diploma supplement (European model) including information on admission criteria, course components, credits earned, mobility, grades (transferred grades) and include an ITM grading table according to the ECTS 2015 guidelines.
Additional information can be found in the examination regulations.
With the support of the Belgian Directorate for Development (DGD) and other donors, ITM can provide scholarships for PhD programmes, master programmes, short specialized courses and individual traineeships. Traineeships can be organised as part of a pre-doctoral track or in the context of continuous professional development (CPD).
These scholarships are offered to students from low- and middle-income countries, for all programmes (PhD to CPD). These are partial or full DGD scholarships. These scholarships can support both outgoing and incoming mobility.
Do you have questions about the types of scholarships and eligibility criteria? More information
Erasmus+ is the EU programme that supports higher education and training in Europe. It provides opportunities to study, train and gain experience within Europe and beyond. ITM has obtained funding to support a limited number of outgoing staff and student mobility initiatives in the academic years 2022-2023 and 2023-2024.
Erasmus+ opportunities for outgoing staff mobility for teaching
Are you invited to teach in a course at one of the tropEd partner institutions or another EU higher education institution? Then contact the ITM Education Office (Charlotte Morantin – email@example.com) to discuss the existing possibilities.
ITM has obtained funding to support a limited number of outgoing staff mobility initiatives in the academic year 2023-2024 (with deadline 31 July 2024).
An Erasmus+ mobility grant is not intended to cover the full cost of the stay abroad. The mobility grant compensates for extra mobility expenses incurred such as insurance, visa costs, the higher costs of living in the host country and other additional expenses. The applicable amounts 2023 are available in Annex 1.
Who can apply?
ITM staff members involved in education and research.
Type and duration of the staff mobility
Outgoing staff mobility for a teaching period abroad at a EU partner higher education institution located in a:
member state of the European Union,
third country associated to the programme (North Macedonia, Serbia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey)
Physical mobility: from 2 days to 2 months (excluding travel time)
A teaching activity has to comprise a minimum of 8 hours of teaching per week (or any shorter period of stay)
Receiving higher education institution
The receiving organisation must be a higher education institution from an EU member state or third country associated to the programme and awarded with an ECHE.
Evaluation criteria and procedure
All eligible and complete applications will be reviewed by the E+ mobility Selection Committee, which is composed of members from the Education Office and departmental educational coordination units of ITM. The following evaluation criteria will be considered:
The overall objectives of the teaching mobility
The candidate’s scientific interest to teach abroad
The candidate’s teaching plan
The added value of the teaching period abroad at individual level (staff member) and the strategic value for ITM
The candidate’s course involvement, expected teaching outcomes and partner institution
Invitation by the receiving partner institution to teach in the course
Priority will be given to new teaching assignments/collaborations.
The grants are awarded to applications positively evaluated following the abovementioned criteria. This will be done on a ‘first come first serve basis’, until the mobility budget runs out.
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Erasmus+ opportunities for outgoing student mobility: studies and traineeships
Do you want to follow a (blended) course at one of the tropEd partner institutions? Or would you like to do a traineeship at one of ITM’s international partner institutions to collect field data for your doctoral thesis?
ITM has obtained funding to support 10 outgoing student mobility initiatives in the academic year 2023-2024 (with deadline 31 July 2024), mainly focusing on intra-EU mobility:
8 grants for studies and traineeships in member states of the European Union (1) and in third countries associated to the programme (2)
2 grants for studies and traineeships in third countries not associated to the programme (region 1 to 14) (3)
An Erasmus+ mobility grant is not intended to cover the full cost of the stay abroad. The mobility grant compensates for extra mobility expenses incurred such as travel costs, insurance, visa costs, the higher costs of living in the host country and other additional expenses. The applicable amounts 2023 are available in Annex 2.
(1) Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Ireland, Greece, Spain, France, Croatia, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland, Sweden
(2) North Macedonia, Serbia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey
(3) Full country list available in Annex 2.1.
Interested? Contact your departmental educational coordinator or supervisor to discuss the possibilities.
Who can apply?
Doctoral students from high-income countries (HIC) & low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) (ITM-registered PhD students only)
MSc students from HIC & LMIC
Recent higher education MSc graduates may participate in a mobility for traineeships. Recent graduates must be selected by their HEI during their last year of study, and must carry out and complete their traineeship abroad within one year of obtaining their graduation (to work on the publication of an article, to prepare a predoctoral or doctoral track)
Type, venue and duration of the student mobility
Outgoing student mobility for studies (SMS) and traineeships (SMT) to:
member states of the European Union,
third countries associated to the programme (North Macedonia, Serbia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey)
third countries not associated to the programme (Annex 2.1)
Not eligible countries: Belgium, country of your citizenship and/or country of origin (international students and students with double nationality)
Duration of the student mobility for studies and/or traineeships:
Study and Traineeship: from 2 to 10 months
Short-term Blended Mobility for MSc students: from 5 to 30 days (3 ECTS) with compulsory virtual component
Short-term Doctoral Mobility: from 5 to 30 days
Note: participation in conferences is not eligible for funding as a short-term doctoral mobility.
Deadline for all mobility activities: 31 July 2024
Receiving higher education institution
The receiving higher education institutions (HEIs) based in Erasmus+ programme countries (= EU member states and third countries associated to the programme) must be higher education institutions (HEIs) awarded with an ECHE.
All receiving partner country organisations (= third countries not associated with the programme - region 1 to 14) must be HEIs recognised by competent authorities and have signed interinstitutional agreements with ITM before the mobility takes place.
Evaluation criteria and process
All eligible and complete applications will be reviewed by the E+ mobility Selection Committee, which is composed by ITM members from the Education Office, Research Office and departmental educational coordination units. The following evaluation criteria will be considered:
The candidate’s academic record
The candidate’s specific motivation in terms of (i) the added academic and/or professional value of the study/traineeship period abroad (ii) the financial necessity of the travel grant (Priority will be given to students without a scholarship and/or bench fee)
The level of aimed at Learning Objectives
The quality (e.g. accreditation) of the course/training and receiving higher education institution
Application and selection process
The grants are awarded to applications positively evaluated following the abovementioned criteria. This will be done on a ‘first come, first serve basis’, until the mobility budget runs out.
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