Higher Education

For Students

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.

DG EAC Surveys

Overview of the Higher Education System in Bosnia and Herzegovina

EACEA publications about ERASMUS+ programme 2017:



EACEA publications about ERASMUS+ programme 2016:

Erasmus+ leaflet for students and staff (A4 tri-fold)

Come to Study or Teach in Europe with Erasmus+

Languages available: EN, FR, ES, PT, RU, AR, CH

Bookshop link

Document Library DG EAC

Erasmus+ leaflet for HEI (A4 tri-fold)

Working Together with European Higher Education Institutions

Languages available: EN, FR, ES, PT, RU, AR, CH

Bookshop link

Document Library DG EAC

Jean Monnet leaflet (A4 tri-fold)


Language available : EN



Jean Monnet leaflet (A4 tri-fold)

Jean Monnet - 25 years

Language available : EN, FR, DE

Bookshop link

Document Library DG EAC

Brochure (30 pages)

Commission Communication "European Higher Education in the world"

Language available: EN, FR, DE




Erasmus+ "What's in it for me? - Higher Education (60 pages) (C1)


Language available : EN

Bookshop link

Document Library DG EAC


Erasmus+ "What's in it for me?" brochure (40 pages) (DG)


Language available: EN, will be available in the other official languages

Bookshop link

Document Library DG EAC


Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (C3)


Language available : official languages +RU+ Japonais + AR, Chinois

Bookshop link



Marie Curie Pocket Guide (C3)


Language available : EN

Bookshop link


NEW: Boost your research career – Come to Europe (ERCEA)


Language available : EN

Soon on bookshop


NEW: Youth–International Dimension of non-formal Learning Opportunities in the field of Youth (D1)




Download file here


 Erasmus+ Programme:

All relevant EACEA publications about TEMPUS can be found here:


Bologna process Student’s Guide:

Publications/reports on Higher Education systems and policy developments:

 Surveys and studies (including about Tempus):

STEP 1: the Erasmus+ Beneficiary/Co-beneficiary[1]from BiH submits a REQUEST for IPA II DEU Certificate, accompanied with Grant Agreement (Special Conditions of the Agreement and the page indicating signatures, the list of partners, if applicable, and the Budget breakdown).


The request should be sent to: Delegation of the European Union / VAT Office via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) and if applicable: cc: Beneficiary and Co-beneficiaries from BiH or via post: Skenderija 3a, 71000 Sarajevo, Finance, Contracts and Audit Section, VAT Office).


In the request the Beneficiary/Co-beneficiary should indicate: 1) Full name and postal address of the Beneficiary, 2) Number of the Grant Agreement, 3) Date of signature of the Grant Agreement by the Beneficiary, 4) Contract duration, 5) Exact title of the Action, 6) Total value of the grant, 7) Total eligible amount without VAT, 8) Exact name, postal address and VAT number (if applicable) of the Co-beneficiaries from BiH.


It is highly recommendable that the Beneficiary/Co-beneficiary submits the REQUEST on behalf of all other partner institutions from BiH involved in that particular action. The EU Delegation will use this information to issue one IPA II DEU Certificate per project (regardless of the number of partners involved in the project).


The applying Beneficiary and/or Co-beneficiary shall be held responsible for the accuracy of information provided within the request, as well as for ensuring that the submitted budget is updated. In cases of any relevant changes in the Grant Agreement, the IPA II DEU Certificate holding Co-beneficiary and/or Beneficiary must inform the EU Delegation about the change(s) and submit an updated version of the Grant Agreement with supporting documents.


STEP 2: The EU Delegation will finalize the procedure (obtain the operational verification by the EACEA, draft and issue IPA II DEU Certificate, inform the Beneficiary/Co-beneficiary to come and collect the Certificate).


STEP 3: After receiving the IPA II DEU Certificate from the EU Delegation, the Beneficiary/Co-beneficiary provides a copy of the Certificate to a supplier, who will than issue the original invoice (FAKTURA/RACUN), containing the following clause: “Oslobodjeno od placanja PDV-a u skladu sa clanom 29. stav 2. Zakona o porezu na dodanu vrijednost – Potvrda IPA II DEU broj: (dobavljac mora navesti kontrolni broj Potvrde)” and with no VAT calculated (Please see Article 7 of the Instruction on procedure for exemption of custom and tax exemptions in accordance to the Framework agreement between BIH and EC on arrangement for implementation of the Union’s financial assistance to BIH within IPA II – Annex 1).


Please note that the invoice must be clearly addressed to the Beneficiary/Co-beneficiary institution indicated in Grant Agreement and the issued IPA II DEU certificate. The VAT amount should NOT be stated on invoice(s), (please insert 0, 00 KM in the VAT amount section).


STEP 4: In case of IMPORT, please refer to the above mentioned Instruction Article 3 and timely and in advance address the Delegation of the EU for additional clarifications (Please find enclosed the draft template for Specification of goods – Annex II). The responsible ministry for verification of the specifications of goods is the Ministry for Civil Affairs of BIH, Trg BiH 1, 71000 Sarajevo.


All correspondence with the EU Delegation for this purpose must be in English.




[1]If the project is selected, the applicant becomes Beneficiary of an Erasmus+ grant and sings a grant agreement. If the application was made on behalf of other participating organisations, the partners become Co-beneficiaries of the grant.