The purpose of the Learning Agreement is to provide a transparent and efficient preparation of the exchange to make sure that students receive recognition for the activities successfully completed abroad.
The Learning Agreement sets out the programme of the studies or the traineeship to be followed abroad and must be approved by the student, the sending and the receiving institution, organisation or enterprise before the start of the exchange.
The Learning Agreement should include all the learning outcomes the student is expected to acquire during the exchange. All three parties signing the Learning Agreement commit to complying with all the agreed arrangements, thereby ensuring that the student will receive the recognition for the studies or traineeship carried out abroad without any further recognition requirements.
As part of the European Student Card Initiative and the efforts to promote environmentally-friendly practices in Erasmus+, Learning Agreements are switching from a paper format to a digital format. The digital Learning Agreements are referred to as the Online Learning Agreements (OLAs) and they are progressively being rolled out, starting with Online Learning Agreements for student mobility for studies, to be followed by digital Learning Agreements for student mobility for traineeships at a later stage.
For student mobility for studies, the Online Learning Agreement is becoming the standard, in line with the European Student Card Initiative. The OLA should detail the learning outcomes that will contribute to the student’s degree upon successful completion of the study programme abroad.
For student mobility for traineeships, the Learning Agreement should set out how the learning outcomes will be recognised depending on whether it counts towards the student’s degree, is taken on a voluntary basis (not obligatory part of the degree) or is being carried out by a recent graduate.
See the guidelines below.