University-specific apprenticeship contracts are signed at the faculty`s information centre after the student`s arrival in Bergen. In a study conducted in late 2019-early 2020, more than 90% of students said they would recommend OLA to their peers. In addition, 93% of IRO believe that all apprenticeship agreements should be concluded online through a user-friendly tool. The student begins the process by creating a learning agreement in the OLA system and signing it online. Be sure to give your students the right name and email address for the person in charge of your institution (responsible for signing the apprenticeship agreement). Apprenticeship agreements established for this semester as well as apprenticeship agreements for internships are now available via the old OLA platform. The apprenticeship agreement is a key document for Erasmus mobility. From the Erasmus programme 2021-2027, e-learning agreements become the norm. This section can only be completed if your original OLA (Before Mobility) is fully signed by you, your home university and UiB. In recent years, we have seen how digital learning agreements can significantly reduce the administrative burden and provide students with a quality mobility experience. In the past, the complexity of red tape has resulted in learning agreements not always being concluded before departure, as well as problems with ECTS recognition after students return home. The University of Bergen has about 17,000 students, making it the third largest university in Norway. Bergen is located on the west coast of Norway, inside Bylford and has about 250,000 inhabitants.
We see the OLA as a big step on the road to a paperless Erasmus. More than 700 universities are registered users of the OLA tool and 22,000 OLAs have been downloaded. Our experience to date is that students and university coordinators see OLA as a simple and more effective way to sign the apprenticeship agreement. If your home university needs the LEARNING agreement in PDF/paper version, you can download a PDF file of the OLA after being signed by all parties and give it to your home university.