International Credit Mobility

International Credit Mobility is the international opening of Erasmus. International Credit Mobility is aimed both for Students and Staff (for learning teaching and training) between EU programme countries and non EU partner countries in both directions (i.e. outgoing and incoming). This action is managed by National Agencies located in Programme Countries.


Programme Countries in International Credit Mobilities refer to 28 EU Member States + 5 additional countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein, FYROM, Norway, Turkey. Partner Countries are all other countries except: Switzerland, ACP countries, Gulf Cooperation countries, Iran, Iraq, and Yemen.


What is it?

European higher education institutions and individuals can work with partner institutions outside the EU through international mobility, joint degrees, and international cooperation partnerships, including capacity building and staff development in emerging and developing parts of the world.


What is it for?

Learning mobility and capacity building projects can improve skills, modernise higher education systems and institutions, and create better partnerships between the EU and education systems across the world. Opportunities given through Erasmus+, such as the high level Erasmus Mundus scholarships, can contribute to make Europe a more attractive study destination.


How long can students go abroad?

Students can go abroad for 3 to 12 months (including a complementary traineeship period, if planned). The same student may receive grants for studying or being trained abroad totalling up to 12 months maximum per each cycle of study:

During the first study cycle (Bachelor or equivalent) including the short-cycle (EQF levels 5 and 6)

During the second study cycle (Master or equivalent – EQF level 7) and

During the third cycle as doctoral candidate (Doctoral level or EQF level 8)

The duration of a traineeship by recent graduates counts towards the 12 months maximum of the cycle during which they apply for the traineeship.


What are the conditions?

Students must be registered in a higher education institution and enrolled in studies leading to a recognised degree or other recognised tertiary level qualification (up to and including the level of doctorate).

The mobility is carried out in the framework of prior “inter-institutional agreements” between the sending and receiving institutions, both of which must be holders of the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (if located in a Programme country).


What arrangements are made?

Prior to the departure the Erasmus+ student is provided with:

A grant agreement covering the mobility period and signed between the student and his or her sending higher education institution;

A “Learning Agreement” setting out the programme of studies to be followed, as approved by the student, the sending and the receiving institution;

The “Erasmus+ Student Charter” setting out the student’s rights and obligations with respect to his/her period of study abroad.

At the end of the period abroad:

The receiving institution must provide the student and their sending institution with a transcript of records confirming that the agreed programme has been completed and confirming the results;

The sending institution must give full academic recognition for satisfactorily completed activities during the mobility period as agreed in the Learning Agreement, by using ECTS credits or an equivalent system. The mobility period should also be recorded in the Diploma Supplement.


Will financial support be provided or fees charged?

Students may be awarded an Erasmus+ EU grant to help cover the travel and subsistence costs incurred in connection with their study period abroad

Erasmus+ students – whether or not they receive an Erasmus+ EU grant – are exempted from paying fees for tuition, registration, examinations and access to laboratory and library facilities at the host institution

The payment of any national grant or loan to outgoing students should be maintained during the study period abroad.


Malta’s Budget for International Credit Mobilities for 2017

Instrument / Region Credit mobility(€) 2017
ENI SOUTH 64,988
ENI EAST 49,086
Total Russia (ENI & PI)* 30,793
DCI Asia 42,723
DCI Central Asia 12,018
 DCI Middle East 5,917
DCI Latin America 13,894
DCI South Africa 3,890
EDF 13,483
IPA 56,060
PI USA Canada 13,911
PI Ind. Asia 14,760
Total for 2017 321,523

The list of countries can be downloaded from here

You are kindly requested to download the Guidelines for Experts on Quality Assessment.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following document covers the main questions and answers from students interested in participating in the Erasmus+ programme. Click here to download it.


Higher Education Institutions: How to apply!

HEIs must have signed inter-institutional agreements with their Programme Country
partners before the mobility takes place. Given the HEI in Partner Countries do not hold an ECHE, interinstitutional agreements for international mobility have been
adapted in order to include the main elements of the Charter.
Cooperation based on signed inter-institutional agreements commits Partner Countries
to the principles of the ECHE – to guarantee quality of mobility and other cooperation

Download inter-institutional agreement between institutions from programme and partner countries from following link:

Draft of the Application Form: 


Students: How to apply!

The interested student should apply to the international office and/or Erasmus+ office of his or her sending higher education institution. The office will inform him or her of the possibilities of studying abroad as well as the modalities to apply and to receive an Erasmus+ EU grant.


Additional Information & Useful Links

ICM Handbook (published February 2017)


Guide on Amendments to Beneficiary Grant Agreement KA107_Dec2015

What are the EU’s priorities?

Crimean Higher Education Institutions

More information click HERE

Adult Education Platform  click HERE

Erasmus Staff Training click HERE

Announcement of the second round of applications

Managing International Credit Mobility in Erasmus+ Update October 2015

Annex 1 – Managing International Credit Mobility in Erasmus+ Update October 2015

Annex 2 – Managing International Credit Mobility in Erasmus+ Update October 2015

E+ International Credit Mobility – Dos and don’ts for applicant higher education institutions

Mobility Tool+ Data Dictionary for Erasmus+ projects

Info Day 12th December, 2014 – Presentations