What it is?

For over 30 years, Europe has funded the Erasmus programme, which has enabled over 4 million European students to spend part of their studies in another higher education institution (HEI) elsewhere in Europe. Erasmus+ now opens up these opportunities to students and staff from other parts of the world. Under Key Action 1 of the Erasmus+ Programme, International Credit Mobility (ICM), a HEI in a Partner Country[1] can send its students, doctoral candidates or staff to a partner HEI in a Programme Country, and vice versa.

What is it for?

Benefits for students and staff:

  • Support students in the acquisition of knowledge, skills and competences with a view to improving their personal development;
  • Support the professional development of staff who work in higher education with a view to innovating and improving the quality of teaching and training;
  • Enhance notably the participants' foreign languages competence;
  • Raise participants' awareness and understanding of other cultures and countries, offering them the opportunity to build networks of international contacts.

Benefits for HEIs:

  • Increase the capacities, attractiveness and international dimension of HEIs so that they are able to offer activities and programmes that better respond to the needs of individuals, within and outside Europe.
What are the opportunities for cooperation?
  1. Student mobility between Programme and Partner countries
  2. Staff mobility between Programme and Partner countries
What are the opportunities for students?

Student mobility for all cycles and disciplines:

  1. Study period abroad at a partner HEI (from 3 to 12 months)
  2. Traineeship (work placement) abroad in an enterprise or any other relevant workplace (from 2 to 12 months)[2]

Students are able to study abroad for a limited period for which credits are obtained. After the mobility phase, the students return to their sending institution to complete their studies. Students may receive an EU grant as a contribution to their costs for travel and subsistence during the period abroad.

What are the opportunities for staff?

Staff mobility:

  1. Teaching periods: this activity allows HEI staff to teach at a partner HEI abroad in any academic discipline (from 5 days from and to Partner Countries, to 2 months, excluding travel time)
  2. Training periods: this activity supports the professional development of HEI teaching and non-teaching staff in the form of training events abroad (excluding conferences) and job shadowing/observation periods/training at a partner HEI, or at another relevant organisation abroad (from 5 days from and to Partner Countries, to 2 months, excluding travel time)

A period abroad can combine teaching and training activities. Staff may receive an EU grant as a contribution to their costs for travel and subsistence during the period abroad.

Who can take part?
  • ICM is opened to participants from HEIs established in Programme and Partner Countries;
  • Application form, however, can only be filled in and submitted by a HEI from a Programme Country on behalf of the partners;
  • Applicant, Programme Country HEI, must hold an Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE);
  • HEIs established in a Partner Country must be accredited by the relevant national accreditation organization;
  • ICM is decentralised action, and the applicant HEI must submit the application to the National Agency;
  • Inter-institutional agreement (IIA) must be signed between the participating institutions before the start of the mobility, but not necessarily before applying; By signing an IIA, the institutions commit themselves to respecting the principles and quality requirements of the ECHE relating to the organisation and management of mobility, and agree on a series of measures to ensure high quality mobility (including recognition of gained credits by sending institution upon return);
  • Interested students and staff should contact the international office of his or her sending HEI in order to inform about the possibilities of studying abroad, as well as the modalities to apply and to receive an Erasmus+ EU grant (interested students and staff should also apply to the international office and of his or her sending HEI).
What are the funding rules?
ICM budget covers:
  1. Organisational support grant for the HEIs (based on the number of mobility participants and up to the 100th participant: 350 EUR per participant)
  2. Grant support for the mobility of students and staff
  3. Costs of travel
When to apply?

2. February 2017 at 12:00, midday Brussels time, for projects starting on 1 June of the same year

Where to find out more information? Documents for application and management of ICM project are available at the following links:
  1. Erasmus+ Programme Guide
  2. ICM Handbook
  3. Do's and don'ts for applicant higher education institutions
  4. Frequently Asked Questions for Higher Education Institutions
  5. Quick reference guide for Partner Country HEIs
  6. Guide on Amendments to the Beneficiary Grant Agreement
  7. Frequently Asked Questions for Higher Education Students and Staff
  8. Documents for applicants and beneficiaries


[1]The Erasmus+ Programme is open to the following countries: 1. Erasmus+ Programme Countries (EU Member States, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Turkey); 2. Erasmus+ Partner Countries (a. Partner Countries neighboring the EU such as Western Balkan countries; b. Other Partner Countries).The Programme Countries can fully take part in all the Actions of the Erasmus+ Programme. The Partner Countries can take part in certain Actions of the Programme, subject to specific criteria or conditions.

[2] Traineeships between Programme and Partner Countries are not foreseen in 2016.


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