The European Project Semester trains students to work together, providing tools and competences to realise ideas in a real-world environment in close cooperation with local industry.
What is EPS?
In a European Project Semester students work together in an international team on a real-life project that matches their area of study and field of interest. We offer 6-8 different EPS projects in the second semester (spring semester). The language of communication is English. When the student successfully completes the EPS project, he/she is awarded 30 ECTS credits.
Who can participate in EPS?
As EPS projects focus on international teamwork, it is important that students have a solid academic background. Students should therefore have completed at least 4 semesters. To be able to communicate as member of a team, students should also have good command of English. Students will be asked –in the application form- to provide information on their current proficiency in English.
Students who are selected by their home university to participate in the “regular Erasmus-program” are free to apply for an EPS project.
The structure of the programme
The EPS projects consist of the following parts:
- A number of short intensive courses, taught by different (international) lecturers, to support the project work. (10 ECTS)
- Project work by the participating students, with the aim to develop student initiative and individual creativity. Four to six students work together in an international team on a specific (multidisciplinary) project while developing their cooperation and communication skills considerably. (20 ECTS)
Subjects and programme content
The following subjects are included in the study programme:
- Project management & methodology
- Project related subjects
- English (oral presentations; report writing)
- Dutch language course
The project prepares students to be part of a multi-context environment. The problems need to be solved irrespective of nationality and culture. This enhances on the one hand the amount of work to be delivered and on the other hand the quality of the project process and project results.
Students who would like to participate within the framework of the Erasmus program, should ensure that the EPS will be acknowledged by their home university as part of their curriculum. The EPS counts for 30 ECTS credits, with project work amounting to 20 ECTS credits, the remaining 10 ECTS credits being covered by the other courses and activities. Students who participate in one of the projects will be evaluated on the project work and on the study programme courses including various assignments.
EPS is a cooperation between several faculties at the University of Antwerp.
Faculties at the University of Antwerp: