Higher Education – Decentralised

Higher Education Students and Staff Mobility (KA1)

Higher Education under the Mobility of Individuals Key Action(KA1)  is split into two mobilities; Student Mobility and Staff Mobility.  Each mobility is then also split into another two different activities.  Study Periods and a Traineeships fall under Student mobility whereas Teaching Periods and Training Periods fall under Staff Mobility.  This mobility project can comprise one or more of the activities above.

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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.



A teaching period 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 support 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)


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.

Strategic Partnerships (KA2)



Strategic Partnerships aim to support the development, transfer and/or implementation of innovative practices as well as the implementation of joint initiatives promoting cooperation, peer learning and exchanges of experience at European level.

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Depending on the objectives and the composition of the Strategic Partnership, projects may be of two types:

  • Strategic Partnerships supporting innovation. Projects are expected to develop innovative outputs, and/or engage into intensive dissemination and exploitation activities of existing and newly produced products or innovative ideas.
  • Strategic Partnerships supporting exchange of good practices. The primary goal is to allow organisations to develop and reinforce networks, increase their capacity to operate at transnational level, share and confront ideas, practices and methods.

Irrespective from the type of project chosen by the applicant and the field impacted by the project, Strategic Partnerships are open to any type of organisation active in any field of education, training and youth or other socio-economic sectors as well as to organisations carrying out activities that are cross-sectoral.

Priority will be given to the following actions in line with the challenges identified in the public consultation on the review of the EU Modernisation Agenda for Higher Education:

  • Enhancing the quality and relevance of students’ knowledge and skills, promoting more student-centred learning approaches, better use of ICT, better links between higher education institutions and employers or social enterprises;
  • Supporting the social engagement of higher education institutions and promoting intercultural and civic competences of students;
  • Supporting innovation and creativity, through partnerships and inter- and transdisciplinary approaches, and strengthening the role of higher education regionally;
  • Ensuring education and research are mutually reinforcing, incentivising and rewarding good teaching;
  • Improving institutional and system-level governance, transparency and feedback mechanisms;
  • Promoting internationalisation, recognition and mobility, supporting changes in line with Bologna principles and tools.