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Swiss-European Mobility Programme (SEMP) / Erasmus

Higher education institutions are able to apply for funding for student and staff mobility projects in Erasmus+ programme countries. All recognised or accredited Swiss Higher Education Institutions and Professional Colleges, who comply with the quality criteria of the Erasmus Charter of Higher Education are eligible. Institutions that have not been awarded a Charter for Higher Education during the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) can apply for a certificate of quality for the interim solution for Erasmus+.

After the acceptance of the anti-immigration initiative in 2014, no agreement on the Swiss participation in the new Erasmus+ programme generation (2014-2020) could be reached with the European Commission. To ensure the continuity of mobility activities with the Erasmus+ programme countries, the Swiss government decided to develop an interim solution for Erasmus+ supported by Swiss funding. The Interim Solution für Erasmus+ for Higher Education is called Swiss-European Mobility Programme (SEMP) and follows the precepts of Erasmus+.

Erasmus+ programme countries

  • 28 EU Member States
  • Member states of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA): Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway
  • EU accession candidates: Turkey and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM)

In the framework of the interim solution for Erasmus+, all student and staff mobility between higher education institutions (HEI) shall be based on an inter-institutional agreement between the partner HEIs. The partner HEI in the Erasmus+ programme countries must be awarded with an Erasmus+ charter for Higher Education.

Incoming mobility

The Interim Solution for Erasmus+ also supports incoming student and staff mobility from Erasmus+ programme countries except for traineeships after graduation. Furthermore, traineeships have to be administered by a Swiss Higher Education Institution in order to be eligible, usually a partner institution of the student’s home institution.

Special needs

It is possible to apply for additional funding for projects that integrate people with special needs. For more information read the information sheet for Higher Education Institutions and contact the Erasmus team before presenting the application. 


Planned application deadline for mobility projects: February/March 2018

Planned application deadline for accreditations (SEMP-Charta/consortium): February/March 2018


Team Erasmus
Dornacherstrasse 28A
P.O. Box
4501 Solothurn

+41 32 462 00 50