The apprenticeship agreement defines the program of study or internships to be carried out abroad and must be approved by the student, the sending body, the organization or the company before the start of the exchange. The apprenticeship agreement should include all the learning gains that the student must obtain during the exchange. The three parties who sign the apprenticeship agreement are committed to respecting all agreed agreements and thereby ensuring that the student will obtain recognition for studies or internships conducted abroad without any other requirements. Your home institution and your host institution must have an inter-institutional agreement between them so that you can study with Erasmus. The apprenticeship agreement is a key document for Erasmus mobility. From the Erasmus programme 2021-2027, e-learning agreements become the norm. Both institutions must also hold the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (if they are in the countries of the programme). When the inter-institutional agreements are signed, the institutions of the partner countries commit to the principles of the Charter. In a study conducted in late 2019-early 2020, more than 90% of students said they would recommend OLA to their peers.
In addition, 93% of IRO believe that all apprenticeship agreements should be concluded online through a user-friendly tool. Apprenticeship agreements established for this semester as well as apprenticeship agreements for internships are now available via the old OLA platform. To study abroad with Erasmus, you must be enrolled in a higher education institution and study leading to a recognized degree or university degree. For undergraduate students, you must be at least in the second year. In 2015, ESN joined the European Foundation for Higher Education (EUF) initiative, the Online Learning Agreement, which would develop a tool for students and universities that could be used online for the creation and signing of a learning agreement. In May 2017, the OLA was created to demonstrate the concept of experimentation and adoption of higher education institutions. The EUF has launched another project, OLA, which has added new features to the platform, such as apprenticeship agreements for internships and measuring user satisfaction. In recent years, we have seen how digital learning agreements can significantly reduce the administrative burden and provide students with a quality mobility experience. In the past, the complexity of red tape has resulted in learning agreements not always being concluded before departure, as well as problems with ECTS recognition after students return home.
For the mobility of students for studies, the apprenticeship agreement should define the group of educational components that will be replaced at the end of their studies abroad. See the guidelines below. The OLA can be used by students participating in Erasmus mobility for studies or internships between higher education institutions holding the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE). OLA and Erasmus Without Paper are the first two major digitisation initiatives in which the Erasmus student network has played an important role.