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Host universities

All host universities present the necessary information for any grantee incoming to the institution and country. Accommodation, visa requirements and procedure, welcoming activities and facilities, academic schedule and other issues are included in each institution's guide:

University of Barcelona, Spain (Partnership Coordinator):
The University of Barcelona (UB), whose history is closely tied to the city of Barcelona and Catalonia as a whole, was founded in 1450. The UB structure comprises 6 campuses and 19 faculties and university schools. The UB has one of the largest student populations of any Spanish university (92,644 in 2008-09). The campuses also welcome a large number of students from around the world, who wish to undertake part of their degree studies in Barcelona. The UB is the leading centre for university research in Spain – boasting over 5,000 full-time researchers, technicians and research assistants – and is one of the most dynamic research hubs in Europe, both in terms of the number of programmes it runs and the excellence of their results. 
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Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain:
UPC-BarcelonaTech (UPC), founded in 1971, is a Spanish HEI specialising in Architecture, Science, and Engineering Studies. The university welcomes more than 2,000 foreign students from all over the world each year. UPC provides quality teaching based upon constant innovation, interdisciplinarity, and internationality. Our academic itineraries and study programmes have been designed to fulfil the needs of the traditional and emerging productive sectors. The UPC implements its international policies through membership in university networks of excellence with a range of objectives and a common focus on collaborative work between prestigious institutions. Their goal is to obtain specific results and outcomes, which are disseminated to the public and support the interests and strategies of the institution at the highest level (CESAER, CINDA, CLUSTER, EUA, RMEI, TIME and UNITECH). We have strong cooperation ties with European, American, and Asian universities, which guarantee privileged relationships and close collaboration with scientific and educational institutions all over the world. The Barcelona Knowledge Campus, a joint initiative of the UPC and the UB, was granted Campus of International Excellence (CEI) status by the Spanish Ministry of Education in 2009. The initiative focuses on improving teaching methods, research, and other aspects of technology transfer and on promoting the development of highly internationalised, well-managed and well-funded universities. The BKC project is scheduled to run until 2015.
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University of Granada, Spain:
University of Granada,(UGR) was founded in 1531. As a classic university with around 65,000 students, 3,700 lecturers, 2,200 administrative and support staff, the UGR offers a wide range of courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Every year over 8,000 international graduate and postgraduate students choose the UGR to take full study programmes or via the approximately 800 network and bilateral exchange agreements in which the UGR is involved. The UGR is the leading European university in number of incoming and outgoing Erasmus students, and in 2007, received the Erasmus Gold Star Award in recognition of its contribution to the programme. Additionally, the UGR is a full member of numerous international networks and associations such as the Coimbra Group, UNIMED, EUA, IAU, EAIE, AUIP, AIEA, ORION or PEACE.
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Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands:
Radboud University Nijmegen (RUN), founded in 1923, has become one of the leading academic centres in The Netherlands. Its green campus is situated in the oldest city of the Netherlands and the links between the university and the city are tight. Over 18,000 students study here and approximately 2,200 academic and 1,300 non-academic staff members work here. Radboud University is a student-oriented research university with a personal style of teaching, geared towards students who are actively participating members of the academic community. It is also a well-established centre for innovative, fundamental research. The high quality of the university’s postgraduate schools and research institutes has been recognized both nationally and internationally and attracts talented people from all over the world.
Its international dimension is an essential factor in the quality of the university’s education, and research and is an integral part of our institutional identity. RUN has over 200 Memoranda of Understanding with universities in Africa, Europe, the United States, Latin America, Asia, and Oceania. Radboud University has exchange programmes with many Russian institutes (including Moscow State University, Novosibirsk State University and Belgorod State University) and takes part in cooperative research with several Russian institutes (for example, the Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute, the Alikhanov Institute for Theoretical and Experimental Physics, and the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research and the Russian Academy of Sciences). RUN is involved in 2 Erasmus Mundus programmes (Bioethics and System Dynamics) and coordinates the Erasmus Mundus Action 2 partnership SAPIENT. Radboud University was behind the foundation of the IRUN network, of which most of the European partners are members. IRUN aims to further improve the quality of teaching and research at member universities and to prepare students for international careers.
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University of Poitiers, France
The University of Poitiers (U. Poitiers) was founded in 1431 and is one of the oldest universities in Europe. The range of curricula offered at the University is based on excellence in research. Nowadays the University of Poitiers is a modern, multidisciplinary university covering all major fields of study and open to the people of all socio-economic levels. Located in the capital of the region, the university has three major sites, 23,500 students and 2,600 staff members. Its influence extends throughout the entire region with centres in several other towns.
The university is developing high standard research in numerous fields thanks to its renowned research facilities. The University Centre for Relations with Enterprises reaches out to the community and aims to valorize the University’s knowledge. This, of course, has a very positive influence on the quality of teaching. Curricula adapted to the professional needs of the students, small-classes, tutorials, practical and lab work also contribute to this high quality.
The university has a long tradition of international cooperation and is a signatory to academic and research agreements with over 270 universities in 52 countries. Sixteen percent of the total student population is international, and the university currently coordinates 3 Erasmus Mundus programmes (EUROMIME, EMAE and IMACS) and is a partner in Erasmus Mundus MISOCO and Erasmus Mundus Action 2-SAPIENT. The University of Poitiers took part in the Tempus Project (TEMPUS TACIS) with the University of Saratov (1993-1996) and the University of Yaroslavl (1993-1994), and has been involved in annual bilateral student and staff exchanges with the Demidov and Ushinsky Yaroslavl State Universities since 1994.
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University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany:
The University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE), is a young university, created in 2003, and one of the ten largest universities in Germany. It is located in the middle of a region, the Ruhr-area, that boasts the highest concentration of higher education institutions in Europe. The University has two campuses with more than 37,000 students and about 4300 staff members. With students from 130 countries and 10% of international students in total, UDE creates a truly international academic environment. UDE currently cooperates with 9 Russian HEIs and is looking to expand its contacts with Russia even further. Additionally, UDE is an active partner in the International Research Universities Network (IRUN).
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Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany:
The Friedrich Schiller University of Jena (FSU Jena), founded in 1558, is one of the oldest universities in Germany. Its proud academic tradition is reflected in membership of the prestigious Coimbra Group, an association of long-established European universities with international links. FSU Jena is structured across 10 faculties, making it the largest and the only comprehensive university in the state of Thuringia with a staff of more than 6,000. FSU Jena has over 21,000 students and cooperates with more than 200 universities and research institutions and has several hundred partners from the private sector. Since the launch of FP7, 48 projects have been awarded to FSU Jena. Together with its partners and a network of regional start-up centres, FSU Jena is a recognised model for the development of high-tech start-ups in Germany and a model for academic achievement and industrial cooperation, both on a regional and global scale.
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University of Glasgow, United Kingdom:
The University of Glasgow (UoG), founded in 1451, is one of the UK’s largest universities with 20,732 students, 2,782 academic and 3,310 non-academic staff members and has acquired international renown for its research and teaching. UoG is officially recognised by the UK government as a centre of excellence for the study of Russian, Central and East European Studies and its research in this field has been designated a strategic priority under the Language-Based Area Studies (LBAS) training pathway for the new Scotland-wide Economic Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Centre. The University has long-standing research links and an extensive history of joint projects, co-authored publications and staff exchanges with Lobachevsky State University of Nizhniy Novgorod. UoG has also worked on a range of projects with Saint Petersburg State University and collaborated with Ulyanovsk State University, Altai State University, the European University at St. Petersburg and the Russian State University for the Humanities, among others.
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University of Siena, Italy:
The University of Siena (UniSi) , founded in 1240 , is one of the oldest universities in Europe. Since its foundation, it has been closely linked to the city of Siena and has worked closely with local bodies in research and cultural production. The academy, with 20,000 students, serves as an integral part of the urban fabric in both space and time. The University of Siena has always seen the process of internationalisation as the means to and primary aim of the recognition and enhancement of its training and research activities. Since the early 1990s, the University of Siena has signed a series of inter-university international cooperation agreements with universities in North America, Australia, Latin America, the Mediterranean area and the Far East. Four percent of the total student population at the university is international. The university has participated in European mobility programmes such as LLP/Erasmus, Tempus, Erasmus Mundus and Leonardo and in a variety of thematic networks. The University of Siena has nine faculties offering numerous degree courses, postgraduate training and doctoral research programmes.
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Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra, Slovakia:
The Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra (SUA), the only educational and scientific institution of its kind in Slovakia, provides university education in accordance with the Bologna strategy, based on scientific expertise in the area of agriculture and related sciences. Its mission is to provide education, research and guidance so that the knowledge necessary for the development of agriculture and related industries and rural development in Slovakia is created and transferred to the international community. The university participates in the Erasmus Mundus International Master of Science in Rural Development I and II, the Vocational Training in Rural Development and Ecology (RUDECO) project, the TEMPUS project and the dual degree in Rural Development and Agricultural Economics EU-US Atlantis.
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Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland:
Jagiellonian University (JU), Poland’s oldest university, was founded in Kraków in 1364. It has been one of the leading academic centres of Central Europe and is now attracting growing numbers of foreign students to its ancient halls. It has three campuses, including a new modern campus. There are well over a hundred degrees and specialties available in Polish as well as over a dozen in English. ECTS has been implemented in all courses and specialties, enabling trouble-free linking of studies at UJ with studies in other European countries. Together with the development of co-operation with a number of universities worldwide, this has enabled a great increase in student mobility.
Jagiellonian University is an active member of IRUN, the European University Association, the Coimbra Group and the Utrecht Network. Cooperation with the Russian Federation is one of JU’s strategic priorities, and the university and its constituent units currently cooperate with 9 Russian universities within the framework of bilateral agreements. The university also participates in other Erasmus Mundus projects, such as Interzones, Ip-UniLink, IMESS, CHEMEPASS, Animo Chevere, EUROCULTURE and SAPIENT.
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Russian State Hydrometeorological University, Russia:
The Russian State Hydrometeorological University (RSHU), founded in 1930, is located in St. Petersburg, on the Baltic coast. RSHU currently has over 4,500 national students and 350 international students from 43 countries, who specialise in environmental studies. The university works with Ural State University to contribute to the Tempus project on credential evaluation, prepares a summer school on climate and environment change with Siberian Federal University, and is involved in the Erasmus Mundus MACOMA project. RSHU participates in the Uarctic network, which brings together over 100 universities involved in polar research, is a member of the UNITWIN network, and is a regional training centre for the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
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Siberian Federal University, Russia:
Siberian Federal University (SibFU) was established in 2006 and is the largest university in eastern Russia. The creation of the university fused four existing higher education institutions (Krasnoyarsk State Technical University, Krasnoyarsk State Academy of Architecture and Civil Construction, Krasnoyarsk State University, and Krasnoyarsk State University of Non-Ferrous Metals and Gold). The aim of the merger was to build a pool of skilled specialists to contribute to the emergence of the region as a significant industrial centre, with the highly-qualified human resources, natural resources and industrial infrastructure required to compete at the global level. In the field of internationalisation, the university has exchange agreements with partner universities in 20 countries. SibFU has participated in a number of international projects, including the Socrates/Erasmus programme on Engineering and Architecture and more than 5 Tempus projects. SibFU is also involved in the work of associations like the Japanese Cultural Center, the Center of Spanish Language and Culture, the Center of German Language and Culture (a partner of the Goethe Institute), the Russian-German Centre and the Information Centre on French Programs and the French Language.
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South Ural State University, Russia:
South Ural State University (SUSU) was established on 1943 as Chelyabinsk Mechanical Engineering Institute in Chelyabinsk. There are over 50,000 students and more than 5,000 faculty members and staff at the university, including 270 professors and 1,020 associate professors. The university is a basic educational institution in the sphere of the development and introduction of new teaching technologies and innovation activity. It is a leading center of culture and sport development. SUSU has developed for many years as a large regional university. However, in light of the Bologna process and the reforming of the higher education system of Russia, the main aims of the University now include an active integration with European universities; the development and realization of joint academic, scientific and innovation programmes, the provision of teachers and students mobility, and the introduction of an effective system of education quality control.
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Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia:
Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) was founded in 1755. Some 4,000 international students from across the world enrol at MSU each year. Lomonosov Moscow State University has extensive experience in cooperative work with Russian higher education partners. For the last five years, MSU has organised an annual festival of science, which is attended by all leading universities, research centres and innovative organisations in Russia. In addition, Lomonosov Moscow State University has many international agreements with European universities governing staff and student exchanges, the organisation of joint educational projects, the promotion of research cooperation, and the sharing of experiences through joint laboratories, aimed at developing better teaching methods. One of its current projects is the FP7 joint call FP7-ICT-2011-EU-Russia, in which MSU is the main Russian partner of the participating European institutions. The university is also involved in the work of many international consortia, including CERN and UNICA.
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Demidov Yaroslavl State University, Russia:
Yaroslavl Demidov State University (YSU), considered to have been originally founded in 1803, is one of the largest education and innovation centres in Russia. YSU is a classical multi-disciplinary university that currently boasts over 7,000 science and humanities students. It is a member of the Magna Charter association, the Euro-Asian Association of Universities, and the Upper-Volga association of educational and research institutions. YSU works with 20 foreign education institutions through bilateral agreements, including academic exchange programmes with the University of Jyväskylä, the University of Poitiers, The Hague University, and Susquehanna University. Since 1998 a regional agency of International Exchange Center (IEC) has been working under the International Affairs. YSU runs a specially tailored programme for British students (via RLUS) and was involved in the implementation of the joint European Tempus project MANRU – “Raising Management Quality in a Russian University”.
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Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod, Russia:
Lobachevsky State University of Nizhni Novgorod (UNN) has provided the basis for the development of higher education and a fundamental research system in the Nizhni Novgorod region. The continual development of these schools ensures the high standard of UNN's educational activity as a research university. The University aims to respond in an effective manner to new and evolving scientific and educational challenges. Jointly with the Linguistic University of Nizhni Novgorod and two French universities in Grenoble, UNN participates in a major international educational project, the Russian-French University, under which lawyers and economists with the knowledge of two foreign languages (English and French) are being trained. Moreover, there is another project that involves UNN and the University of Calabria (Italy). The Russian-Italian University is a unique international project that implements new principles of integration of the Russian higher education in the European education area. In accordance with the Mission Statement of the University, its integration in the international educational space and the development of educational export are among its top priorities.
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Saint Petersburg University, Russia:
Saint Petersburg State University (SPbU) is one of the leading international research and education institutions in Russia. The university welcomes around 370 foreign exchange students each year (excluding contracted students). SPbU is involved in cooperative work with over 200 higher education institutions in Europe, North America, Asia and South America, under the framework of bilateral and multilateral agreements for staff and student exchange. The university participates in a range of international projects, for example the European University Foundation Campus Europae, FIRST, and the Erasmus Mundus Action 2 Triple I project. SPbU is a member of more than 13 international associations and actively cooperates with various international organisations, among them the International University Association (IAU), the European University Association (EUA), the Conference of Baltic University Rectors (CBUR), the Baltic Sea Region University Network (BSRUN)and Eurasia-Pacific UniNet.
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Pskov State Pedagogical University, Russia:
Pskov State Pedagogical University (PSPU), the first pedagogical educational institution started in 1874. University Mission is forming intellectual area, creating conditions for innovative breakthroughs in the field of educational technologies, providing new standards in training competitive specialists, fostering ethical and intellectual development of personality, creating conditions for life long learning. Pskov State Pedagogical University offers: preliminary courses of high quality; inter-mural and extra-mural higher vocational education on 11 faculties; refresher courses and extensional courses and 15 specialties of post-graduate training. Since 2010 we have been implementing a programme and conducting research work as a participant of Federal programme “Scientific and Pedagogical Potential of Innovative Research in Russia” on the theme “Language and Culture in Communicative Sphere of the Region as a Reflection of National Unity in its Diversity”.
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Moscow State Linguistic University (MSLU)
Moscow State Linguistic University (MSLU) Founded in 1804 by decree of Emperor Alexander I, it is the largest and the oldest university in Russia that specialises in linguistics and foreign languages. Education is available in 35 languages. MSLU is included in the top ten classical universities of the country; it is a leader in linguistic education. It has been opened to students from all over the world since 2005. The University is actively involved in international cooperation. It focuses on the extension and development of educational and academic links with international organisations and partner universities in other countries aiming at strengthening the position and promoting the Russian linguistic school in the world, at absorbing the most advanced linguistic education achievements in foreign universities, at contributing to the Creation of the Unified Educational Humanitarian space within the framework of the Bologna declaration. MSLU takes Part in an active number of scientific and educational programs and projects within the framework of UNESCO, the Council of Europe, the European Centre for Modern Language, in the work of the International Association of Universities, the International Federation of Modern Language Teachers, the European Association of Universities, the International Federation of Translators, the International Federation of the French Language Teachers, the International Federations of Teachers of German and Spanish and of corresponding National Organisations. More than 300 students and teachers of the University participate annually in exchange programs.

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