The I-RASMUS Internal Mobility is an innovative proposal, brought forward by our Council Group Confederation of Students – Unilab Svoltastudenti in the National Council of University Students (CNSU). It consists of a motion addressed to the Minister envisaging the establishment of internal mobility paths between Italian universities. This is an alternative way of broadening one’s university horizons and enriching one’s cultural background. This is also in view of the fact that our country is home to centres of study of excellence. Many would like to have the honour of attending such institutes; even for a short period of time, and that our universities boast, in many cases, a teaching staff of international prestige.
Specifically, we call for the establishment of a fund to support and promote I-RASMUS Internal Mobility. Protecting all universities indiscriminately so that they can join freely.
But we go even further: following a comparison with the criteria of the Erasmus call, we suggest some characteristics that such a programme should have:
- period of study: Irasmus can be carried out during the three-year degree course, the master’s degree course or in a single-cycle course;
- duration: the maximum duration is 12 months per study cycle, chosen either cumulatively with the international mobility programmes or solely for Irasmus;
- limitation of CFU obtained externally: each university reserves the right to impose a maximum number of CFU that can be obtained at a university other than the one to which the student belongs;
- Universities adhering to the Irasmus programme: each university can decide to adhere to the network of universities that are part of the programme;
- where to sit the exams: in one of the universities belonging to the network that will be formed;
- which exams can be taken: any exam that is part of your study plan, for which there is a corresponding or similar exam in the university of destination;
- selection in case of limited number of places: in order to meet the needs of students who, for various reasons, are excluded from the Erasmus programme, a first-in-first-served selection criterion would probably be preferable; as an alternative, we suggest the one already in place for Erasmus.
We hope that this idea will become a real possibility in the near future for students in our country.