Portugal, as a member of the European Union also emphasis the creation of an area of free movement of people, goods and services and the internationalization of studies under the Program Training lifelong, LLP / Erasmus, to become a success, it was necessary to create certain conditions that would made possible the implementation of the program.. In this perspective, and in 1995, the University Lusíada begun preparations for accession and implementation of the Erasmus program, and in 1999, the ECTS system.
Concerning the LLP/Erasmus, it was already been exceeded phases I and II, so called by the European Commission, and nowadays the University Lusíada holding an Erasmus University Charter is fully inserted in the European mobility, enjoying autonomy decentralized and using all the "tools" available for the institutions of higher education offered by the Directorate-General for Education and Culture, European Commission. With intense annual flows of incoming and outcoming, concerning the Erasmus students who are increasing year after year, the University Lusíada to strengthen its partnerships with other institutions, has diversified the number of institutional contracts throughout Europe, extending a network that will Southern Europe to Scandinavia, and Central Europe to Eastern Europe, and in the academic year 2010/2011 that already account with 100 established contracts.
Regarding the mobility of teachers the University sought to sensitize their teachers for this reality of mobility and training as these Community instruments allow them to find and contact other educational realities and enrich their own curricula. Thus, the contracts have been signed for area students started to be extended to teachers as well as administrative Staff, according with the interest shown by institutional and departmental coordinators. at this present time, the University Lusíada can be proud of its established network of partnerships across European Community, associated countries, the Swiss Confederation and future members of the Union, with the contribution of the departmental coordinators of all Faculties.
The LLP/Erasmus Office is the structure at the University Lusíada, aiming to promote the principles of Erasmus mobility , to disclose their specific objectives, to process all information relating to the good practices, issued from Brussels, and leading to the implementation of the European strategy outlined by the University.
The LLP/Erasmus Office is therefore responsible not only for the selection and nominations of outgoing students, outgoing teacher and outgoing administrative staff but also to welcome and to integrate at Lusíada University the income students and income teachers who seek to develop their study plans, teaching and business strategy.
The close relation with the National Agency of the LLP Office performs the guidelines of the LLP/Erasmus benefit, since 2003 the status of decentralized institution, concerning to the management of European funds involved and the implementation of practices that are regulated by European Commission.
The LLP/Erasmus Office has its headquarters in Lisbon, the responsible Dr. João de Castro Fernandes with the officer Célia Oliveira in Lisbon on campus, and the officer Dr. Susana Ferreira, who coordinates the Oporto campus and the Vila Nova de Famalicão campus.
This Service is always available to meet students and teachers, especially income students in mobility, to integrate a new academic reality, and a new study plan supervised by a the departmental coordinator from University Lusíada and to adapt to different rules and procedures. It is mainly in these situations that the LLP/Office is aware, either to questions and requests for any of our incoming students, both the establishment of connections necessary to meet the new academic and social realities.
Also, the Office organizes various activities during the academic year, in order to promote cultural exchange between international students and students from the University Lusíada. These activities are carried out with the support of our Erasmus Students, who we ask for collaboration.