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Presentation and strategies for ÉSAVL-ARBAL (in conjunction with Erasmus+ Charter)

For more than twenty years. the Higher School of Fine Arts of the city of Liège (ÉSAVL-ARBAL) has been taking part in the Erasmus mobility programme (Erasmus+ from January 2014) within the European Union.
The later not only allows students to enrich their artistic training with a study period or internship (of 3 months a year) in a higher college or university of art in the European Union but also allows instructors to gain experience and transfer their skills and competence abroad.

The Higher School of Fine Arts of the city of Liège, heir to a public education tradition in the graphic arts, has always had an ambition to promote its openings as widely as possible within the European Union. It was in 1992 that the college signed up to its first Erasmus partnerships with higher colleges of art and universities. Since then, student exchanges have been carried out repeatedly with partner institutions.

The school’s international status is guaranteed through several factors: the repute of its instructors and their presence on the art scene ; the international careers of former students ; the representation of numerous nationalities at the heart of the school. Artistic schooling should entail the offer of meet-ups, exchanges and mutual enrichment within its training framework to the creators of tomorrow. The period during which the student is out of his comfort zone represents the chance for enrichment which far outweighs the benefits he can reasonably expect to profit from in terms of courses of study, workshops, or seminars that he would attend in any other school. Thus, the Fine Arts student, as creative as he is, benefits as much from courses staged by the host university as he does from link-ups afforded by his stay abroad ; to wit, a different university environment, different fellow students, other customs, traditions, another country, another language, another city…

It is also worth underlining that enrichment doesn’t just have a single meaning in the sphere of the fine arts; the attendance of students from overseas and presence of invited teachers at an establishment is not only advantageous for those being hosted, but equally for those who host (both instructors and students)

Set in this context, Erasmus exchanges participate in the training of the European conscience beside future artists from the Europe of today and tomorrow, including those of ÉSAVL-ARBAL. These exchanges certainly make attending other educational institutions easier, but principally facilitate finding out about other things, getting to know them, sharing experiences, and self-enrichment through recognition of reciprocal differences.

To this very day, it serves as one of the most valuable apprenticeship tools, since it turns our students into European citizens in the service of art. ÉSAVL-ARBAL has the clear ambition to build on exchanges initiated thus far with its European partners, to implement new types of exchanges (flexible internships, instructor flexibility, and cross-border co-operation projects), and to develop links with new partners whether European or not (for several years with China and Canada, for example). These exchanges represent an opportunity in real terms for arts teaching to supersede the regional and national framework.


• to inform the teachers of programmes and LLP candidacy procedures and to further this type of mobility
• to enhance internship flexibility for outgoing students in such a way as to balance their number with the number of incoming students
• to enhance internship flexibility for outgoing students

NON-DISCRIMINATION : cultural and social diversity of the scholar population generally means greater student flexibility in integration and is a natural barrier to racism and xenophobia. Both at student as well as at instructor level, perfect balance is established between the genres, and all this since the school was set up.

The school’s international activities are prominent on the internet site, under the regular headings dedicated to Erasmus activities (« international/current news »).
THE ERASMUS CHARTER (EPS) is accessible on line, as are all admin documents aimed at student mobility :

• for outgoing students : Erasmus Charter +, student charter, information brochures on Erasmus+ mobility, list of school partners, etc.
• for incoming students : info sheet, learning agreement, application form, lodging brochures, course timetable, etc.

BILATERAL AGREEMENTS are brought into being by the teachers responsible for the students ‘artistic training and/or by Erasmus co-ordination (following certain student requests) in collaboration with their counterparts in the schools in question, by agreement with the management heads. These are founded on the coherence of educational projects and methodological and objective compatibility with partner schools, which eases student integration, increases the educational benefits which may be attained, and guarantees academic recognition of courses and their assessments. Erasmus co-ordinators ensure administrative follow-up.

All dossiers (in and out) are analysed by teachers in the subject areas selected and are then forwarded to the partner institution.

For incoming students, a study programme is devised by the ÉSA institutional co-ordinator in accordance with the joint expectations of the student and his institution of origin. Co-ordinators remain available to them to provide the school’s functioning keys.

In order to establish conformity between marks obtained by our students in other institutions (within and outside the EU), we use the « transcript of records » prescribed by the AEF, following a procedure to be followed outlined in the good practices’ charter in the area of transcribing marks. We generally respect the marks received whatever the geographical zones may be. We use the conversion charts present in each signed bilateral contract agreement and we deem these exchanges to be based on a relationship of trust with our partners.
In real terms, once a student decides to complete a section of his studies in another establishment, we draw up an agreement with the academic partner concerning the transfer/ crossover of results. The study contract agreed between the two establishments and the student (Learning agreement and Application form) before his departure guarantees the latter that the entirety of the credits obtained will be applied according to the agreed plan.

For more information on the Erasmus+ mobility plan please visit :

• « Erasmus+ Programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport » : http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/index_en.htm
• AEF EUROPE, « French agency for lifelong learning and training » : www.erasmusplus-fr.be.

General Erasmus+ Goals at the heart of ÉSAVL-ARBAL*

• To promote the quality of our teaching at the European level.
• To promote the opening up to new teaching methods, to new artistic and educational practices.
• To promote student mobility in order to prepare them to become European citizens and to help.
them to acquire inter-cultural skills to gain a greater understanding of the world.
• To promote justice, social cohesion and active citizenship.
• To improve and build on already existing partnerships.
• To broaden our European partnerships, notably amongst new members of the EU.
• To open up internship flexibility : the experience should be structured with an apprenticeship.
• To allow for the expansion of a skills network at the European level through exchanges, research, and the development of new professional practices in different artistic disciplines as well as in the educational sphere.
• To send a clear message of openness to a European identity to all students and teachers.
• To broaden education in otherness and to develop skills such as empathy, communication, and business skills.

Erasmus+ Charter 2014-2020

The Erasmus Charter for higher education (ECHE) forms the general quality framework for European and international co-operation activities that a higher educational establishment (EES) might deploy within the framework of the Erasmus+ programme. One of these goals is to contribute to the formation of a « European higher education space » and to promote its innovation throughout the whole of Europe.

The award of an Erasmus Charter for higher education is a prerequisite for each EES desirous of becoming a candidate, and to take part in mobility in terms of individual training. ÉSAVL-ARBAL is once again committed to respecting the fundamental principles of Erasmus mobility through a current agreement up to 2020, represented by the Erasmus Charter+.

Erasmus Charter for highter education 2014-2020, ÉSAVL-ARBAL, European Commission

In and Out types of Erasmus+ mobility put forward to ÉSAVL-ARBAL

For the students :

• SMS : Student mobility for study purposes (1 semester or 1 whole year )
• SMP1: Student mobility for internship purposes (during studies) (1 to 3 months)
• SMP2 : Student mobility for internship specialisation purposes (after studies) (1 to 3 months)

For the teachers :

• STA : Teacher mobility for course and workshop purposes (1 week to 2 months)
• STT : Teacher mobility for training purposes (1 to 3 months)

The (2018-2019) list of higher schools of art / universities
The Liège Higher School of Arts broadens its international relations yearly by expanding its list of partners. We are currently working with more than twenty higher schools of art / universities located throughout Europe.


École Natio­nale Supé­rieure d’Art et de Design de Nancy, Nancy
École régio­nale des Beaux-Arts de Nantes, Nantes
École Supérieure d’art Annecy Alpes, Annecy
École Supérieure d’Art et Design Grenoble-Valence, Valence-Grenoble
École Supé­rieure d’Art et de Design Tou­lon Pro­vence Médi­ter­ra­née (ÉSADTPM), Toulon
École Supé­rieure d’Art de Lor­rainne (site Metz), Metz
Uni­ver­sité Jean Mon­net Saint-Étienne, Saint-Étienne



Acca­de­mia di Belle Arti di Brera (Milano), Milan
Acca­de­mia di Belle Arti di Fro­si­none, Fro­si­none
Acca­de­mia di Belle Arti di Mace­rata, Mace­rata
Acca­de­mia di Belle Arti di Palermo, Palerme
Accademia di Belle Arti di Reggio Calabria, Région de Calabre
Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma, Roma
• Accademia di Belle Arti di Venise, Venise



Escuela de Arte de Oviedo, Oviedo
Escuela Super­ior de Arte dramá­tico de Cór­dora « Miguel Sal­cedo Hierro », Cordoue
Escuela Superior de Arte dramático de Sevilla, Séville
Escuela de arte super­ior de Diseño Gran Cana­ria, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Uni­ver­si­tat de Sala­manca (USAL), Salamanque
Uni­ver­si­tat de Valèn­cia (UPV), Valence



Cardiff Mertropolitan University, Cardiff
University for Creative Arts, Farnham



• Aca­dé­mie des Beaux-Arts Jan Matejko de Cra­co­vie (Jan Matejko Aca­demy of Fine Arts in Kra­kow), Cracovie



Sabanci University, Istanbul

Incoming students

If you are a student in a higher school of art or at a university and wish to spend one or two quarters at ÉSAVL-ARBAL, you may send your candidacy document to the Erasmus co-ordinators by mail at the following address :

Coordination Marie ZOLAMIAN
École supérieure des Arts de la Ville de Liège
Rue des Anglais 21
4000 LIÉGE


• Application form (.doc or PDF)
• Learning agreement
• Covering letter (in French or English)
Curriculum vitae accompanied by photo ID
• Portfolio in PDF format
Transcript of records from the previous year
• Photocopy of the ID card
• Certificate of French language competence level attained B1/B2.

Downloading of registration forms (for incoming/outgoing students). The three forms are identical for all schools taking part in the Erasmus+ programme.


May 30th for the first quarter.
November 15th for the second quarter.

Courses in French are put forward in partnership with the Higher School of Arts in Liège, at the University of Liège.

A list of lodgings or useful internet sites when seeking accommodation :

Addresses of housing ÉSAVL-ARBAL
Welcome brochure in Liège (search for housing, community housing…)