Frequently Asked Questions

1. Information about the OCEANS structure

What is OCEANS?

OCEANS Network - the Organisation for Cooperation, Exchange and Networking: Student & Alumni network of international exchange programmes - offers a platform for establishing new friendships, cooperation and understanding among all people involved in the exchange projects.

The Network fosters the exchange of international experiences, transfer of knowledge and also professional development by creating long-lasting link and provided access to intercultural and practical information on all participating countries. OCEANS Network is run by the students and alumni themselves with the help of a service provider company. The Network is funded by the European Commission.

OCEANS opened its membership to anyone who has participated in an international credit mobility programme between an Erasmus+ Programme country and a university in an Erasmus+ Partner country (or vice-versa).

 

Who are the heads of OCEANS?

The Board is the executive decision-making body of the OCEANS Network and has a mandate of one year. It is currently composed by 7 members: The President, the Vice President and the Heads of the 5 Teams (External Relations, Community Development, International Relations, Communication, Digital Development). The leadership of each Team is shared between the Head and the Deputy-Head. The latter is not part of the Board but also perform an important coordinating role and substitutes the former when he/she is not present.

What are the OCEANS teams?

The five „Teams“ of the OCEANS Network are:
• The Team for External Relations
• The Team for  
Community Development• The Team for  International Relations
• The Team for Communication
• The Team for  Digital Development

The leadership of each Team is shared between the Head and the Deputy-Head. The latter is not part of the Board but also performs an important coordinating role and substitutes the former when he/she is not present. In addition to the five Teams there is the Head of International Development which consists of the President and the Vice-President of OCEANS.

 

Where does OCEANS have a representative office?

OCEANS does not have a representative office for now. The current Service Provider holds an office that can be best compared to a representatives office.
All relevant information about OCEANS is being published on the OCEANS website.


How to volunteer and participate in OCEANS work?

There are plenty of opportunities to further participate in the work of OCEANS once a member.


What is an OCEANS Representative? What are the benefits of being an OCEANS Representative?

Every year, OCEANS members can vote on and elect a new President and Vice President of the OCEANS Network. 
For any questions regarding the voting process, send a message to the board.

2. Membership questions

How do I become a member?
In order to register, fill in the form on the OCEANS' website at the link “Become a Member”.
PLEASE NOTICE: The process for OCEANS' member registration is currently being renewed. In the meantime, please contact us through the following email.


Who is eligible for OCEANS membership?

In 2016 OCEANS opened up its membership to anyone who has participated in a credit mobility programme that met the following qualification.

  • The person must have received university credits from their home university that was in an Erasmus+ Programme country and International Mobility Credits from a university in an Erasmus+ Partner country.
  • Or vice-versa, meaning a person is eligible to be an OCEANS member if they attended university in an Erasmus+ Partner country and received International Mobility Credits from a university in an Erasmus+ Programme country.

In simple terms, if you studied at two different universities on two different continents (with one of them in a European Erasmus+ Programme country) then you qualify to join OCEANS.


Do I have to pay to be a member?

No, you do not have to pay to become an OCEANS member.


Why should I become a member? / What are the benefits as a member?

Membership Benefits for Alumni

  • Connect with potential business and professional contacts within OCEANS and other Erasmus+ networks
  • Develop Professional Skills
  • Contribute to the Cause of Global Mobility
  • And many more………….

Membership Benefits for Students

  • Way to get funding for projects that help your community or projects to share your experiences with others
  • Join a global network of likeminded people
  • Get funding opportunities for your university international students club
  • Network while studying in the university exchange country
  • And many more………….

Check out this link for further details!

3. Project support

Does OCEANS support projects for its members? If yes, how do I submit a funding proposal for a project?

While the OCEANS Network does not fund projects, the Erasmus+ Student and Alumni Alliance (ESAA) provides funding via the „Open Call for Projects“ programme that OCEANS members can propose to and take part in.

 

Does OCEANS have any local activities in my city, country or region?

Maybe! To find out please visit the OCEANS website at the link „News“. Here the OCEANS Network informes about new local activities in your city/country and region.


 
How can I propose local projects in my city, country, or region?

OCEANS members are entitled to organise their own event through ESAA. For further information please refer to the ESAA website at the link „News“ to view the most recent open calls for ESAA projects.

4. Networking & career support

Does OCEANS have a mentoring program?

No, OCEANS does not have a mentoring programme yet.


How does OCEANS help its members find jobs?

The OCEANS Network is a unique pool of some of the smartest and most talented students and graduates. All our members have participated in highly demanding intercontinental study programmes and acquired not only academic skills but also valuable intercultural competencies.

Moreover, the OCEANS Network is continuously organising events, such as the International Presentation Skills Workshop in Vilnius, that aim at the personal and professional development of its members. It is this combination of theoretical knowledge and practical experience that places OCEANS members in an ideal position to compete in the increasingly globalised economy of the future.

4. Erasmus+ Programme and scholarship opportunities

What scholarships does the EU offer?

On top of national scholarship schemes, the EU offers a plethora of opportunities to study, train, gain experience, and volunteer abroad. Through the various components of the Erasmus+ programme, the umbrella programme encompassing a range of educational programmes targeting different categories of students. Have a look at this page to find ideas on scholarships with the Erasmus+ programme: https://ec.europa.eu/education/study-in-europe/planning-studies/scholarships-costs_en. Especially the Erasmus Mundus Programme offers full scholarships for students. For more details have a look here: https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/opportunities/individuals/students/erasmus-mundus-joint-master-degrees_en

How can I apply for other Erasmus+ Scholarships?

(1) Visit the official website of the European Commission about the Erasmus+ Programme for education: https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/opportunities/overview_en
(2) Choose the Erasmus+ opportunity you are interested in. Then, you will be prompted to the step by step process on how to apply and what scholarship opportunities are offered.

How do I choose between the distinct programmes in Erasmus+?

In choosing a programme, you must first know what your goals are, what career path you are trying to make, and what you intend to do with the knowledge that you will gain from the programme. For example, if you are solely interested in gaining practical knowledge, you may not need to pursue a full degree. Instead, you may be more interested in applying for an Erasmus+ internship programme. Have a look at all the possible options through this link! It will help you in your decision-making process.

When is the deadline for submissions?

Deadlines vary according to the individual programmes. To confirm the relevant deadlines, you should check the specific website of the programme you are interested in here.

I am from Germany will do my complete Master´s degree in Spain at one university.  I have only found scholarships for spending semesters abroad, but are there scholarships for completely studying in another European country?

If the programme you are going to take falls under the Erasmus+ scheme, then you may be able to get funding. Even if it is not under the Erasmus Mundus component, you may still qualify for a Master's loan under Erasmus+. For more information click here.

Are there any scholarship opportunities for PhD studies?

EC Scholarships for PhD studies are available under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme. The number of applicants accepted per PhD programme and programme deadlines depend on the field of study, usually called a "project." More information about the Marie Curie Actions programme and other European PhD scholarships and fellowships can be found on the Euraxess website.