Ankara University (Turkey)
Ankara University is a comprehensive public university. The first higher education institute inthe Republic of Turkey, it has established a reputable image both within the country and in the international arena, with its vast experience over 50 years, its highly qualified academic staff and students, and its well-established teaching, learning and research facilities. AU offers top quality education and training in nearly 40 vocational, 114 undergraduate and 110 graduate programmes.
AU is located in the capital city of Turkey. At the crossroad of the Middle East and Europe, Turkey is becoming one of the leading countries in the region. This programme will be a unique opportunity to discover more about the remarkable changes taking place in Turkey.
Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain)
Founded in 1968, the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona is among the best academic centres in Spain and the European Union, both for the quality of its teaching staff and for its excellent research. The AUB campus is located in an area of outstanding natural beauty. It offers a vast array of academic, cultural and social activities. AUB community is made up of 37,000 undergraduate students, 6,500 postgraduates, 2,700 teachers and researchers, and 1,200 administrative staff. All Autonomous Barcelona University teachers and professors are professionals with university qualifications and specific training in the subject they teach. They have all been chosen for their academic and social skills from among the best teachers in Europe. UAB combines its commitment to society with a firm policy of openness to the outside world. Every year the Autonomous University of Barcelona welcomes students of all ages and abilities from Europe, the United States and Asia.
Catalonia is one of the most fashionable choices for an Erasmus exchange. UAB receives the largest number of Erasmus students within Catalonia. This programme will be a unique opportunity to discover more about Catalonia, Spain and Europe.
Charles University, Prague (Czech Republic)
Set in the heart of Prague, Charles University is the oldest, largest and most prestigious university in the Czech Republic. The University has 17 Faculties and 42,000 students enrolled in more than 270 accredited academic programmes and 600 departments. The University provides unique opportunities for exchange students to take full advantage of the culture and lifestyle that is uniquely Prague with easy access to the City Centre.
The City of Prague is considered by many to be the most picturesque in Europe. Nicknamed the "City of 100 hundred spires", Prague's Old Town boasts several buildings that date back as far as the Ninth Century. "New Town", situated adjacent to the Old Town, was constructed by Charles IV in the 14th Century. Located on the River Vlatva in Central Bohemia, modern Prague is home to more than 1.2 million people and ranks among the cultural gems of the continent. Listed as a UNESCO's World Heritage Site since 1992, the city is full of life with magnificent museums, festivals and a vibrant and a globally renowned film industry.
Free University Berlin, JFK Institute (Germany)
Freie Universität Berlin is one of the leading research universities in Germany and distinguishes itself through its modern and international character. In university rankings, Freie Universität Berlin ranks among the best universities in Europe. The exchange programme was established with the prestigious John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies. Individual departments not only work together within the institute but also have a long-standing tradition of productive cooperation with their disciplinary partners at the Freie Universität. The focus on North America, however, ensures the particularly close collaboration of the departments within the institute. The John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies is not simply multidisciplinary, but expressly and rigorously interdisciplinary.
Freie Universität Berlin is among the most popular German universities when it comes to its contingent of Erasmus students, demonstrating its attractiveness internationally. Berlin offers a fascinating urban environment. It is the capital of the Germany as well as the country's largest city with a population of over 3 million. The city of Berlin regained its status as the capital after the reunification of Germany in 1990. It also serves as a major centre of politics, culture, media and science, and a hub of air and rail transport. This mix of cultural institutions rich in tradition and an independent experimental scene is what makes Berlin’s cultural landscape so appealing. No other region in Europe has as high a concentration of scientific, academic, and research facilities as Berlin. More than 50,000 people teach, do research, and work at the city’s four universities, three art colleges, seven other institutions of higher education, an international business school, and over 70 non-university publicly financed research institutes.
Sciences Po Rennes (France)
The University of Rennes 1 has been in existence since 1969, but its heritage stems back to the days of the Breton university founded in 1461. In Rennes, the University is split into three major campuses with all facilities. It also has several departments outside of Rennes, in Brittany.
This city of art and history, famous for its cultural and sports dynamism, has a population of more than 212,500 inhabitants. The tenth largest city of France, Rennes combines the advantages of an economic and administrative metropolis with those of a medium-sized city.
With about 60,000 students and 4,000 researchers, the city of Rennes is a famous university centre as well as an important centre for research and technological innovation within the conurbation of Rennes Métropole.
UR has 98 training and/or research bilateral agreements with foreign higher education institutions, 180 Erasmus bilateral contracts, 2000 incoming foreign students (including 300 exchange students), and 800 outgoing students (350 on study programmes and 450 on internship programmes).
The University of Rennes 1 welcomes many foreign students on its Rennes, Lannion, Saint-Brieuc and Saint-Malo campuses.
University of Helsinki (Finland)
The University of Helsinki is one of the best multidisciplinary research universities in the world. The high-quality research carried out at the university creates new knowledge for educating diverse specialists in various fields, and for use in social decision-making and the business sector.
The University, with almost 4,000 researchers and teachers, operates on four campuses in Helsinki and at 17 other locations. There are 35,000 students, and a further 30,000 participate in adult education.
Founded in 1640, the University of Helsinki wants to strengthen its position among the world's leading multidisciplinary research universities and to actively promote the well-being of humanity and a fair society.
The number of foreign students has grown to close to 1,500 degree students and close to 1,000 exchange students per year. Most students choose the University of Helsinki because they want to study at a multidisciplinary university of top quality. In order to attract good students from abroad the University offers teaching in English in all faculties.
In most assessments UH is ranked as one of the ten best research universities in Europe. This offers an excellent platform for research-based teaching and active networking with other top universities.