Higher Education Students and Staff Mobility

This mobility project can comprise one or more of the following activities:

Student mobility:

  • a study period abroad at a partner Higher Education Institute (HEI);
  • a traineeship (work placement) abroad in an enterprise or any other relevant workplace.

A study period abroad may include a traineeship period as well.   To ensure high quality mobility activities with maximum impact on the students, the mobility activity has to respond to the students’ degree-related learning and personal development needs. The study period abroad must be part of the student’s study programme to complete a degree at a short cycle, first cycle (Bachelor or equivalent), second cycle (Master or equivalent) and third or doctoral cycle.


Traineeships abroad at a workplace are also supported during short cycle, first, second, third cycle studies and within one year after the student’s graduation. This includes as well the ‘assistantships’ for student teachers.


Wherever possible, the traineeships should be an integrated part of the student’s study programme. Student mobility can be in any subject area/academic discipline.

Staff mobility:

  • teaching period: this activity allows HEI teaching staff or staff from enterprises to teach at a partner HEI abroad. Staff mobility for teaching can be in any subject are/academic discipline.
  • 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.

A period abroad can combine teaching and training activities.

NB: All involved higher education institutions from eligible Programme countries must hold an Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE)


For more information regarding this mobility project, refer to the Erasmus+ Programme Guide which can be accessed from here.

The Higher Education sector is also supporting the efforts of EU countries to integrate refugees in Europe’s education systems and ensure their skills development is an urgent task in the light of the current migration crisis. Click here for more information