In higher education and professional education, mobility projects are mainly funded through the Swiss-European Mobility Programme SEMP. The Swiss Programme for Erasmus+ also offers opportunities to plan and implement transnational institutional partnerships and cooperations

The Swiss Programme for Erasmus+ is largely based on the EU’s Erasmus+ programme. In Switzerland it facilitates in higher education both, mobility projects for individuals and interinstitutional cooperation between higher education institutions. It therefore supports universities, universities of applied sciences and colleges of higher education in their internationalisation efforts, in European cooperation and in the organisation of mobility opportunities for students and higher education staff through various programmes at different levels. Funding is granted to projects that help establish international links and improve quality in the Swiss education system. 

Which projects of higher education receive financial support?


  • The Swiss-European Mobility Programme funds mobility periods abroad primarily within Europe for students, lecturers and other higher education staff. The programme encompasses mobility from and to Switzerland (outgoing and incoming).


  • Cooperation Partnerships are supported to promote innovation in the Swiss education system at European level through international cooperation, the exchange of expertise and the circulation of competences.

Alliances for Innovation 

  • Alliances for Innovation are supported in order to strengthen the strategic cooperation between higher education and vocational education and training actors with the wider socio-economic environment.  The aim is the identification and provision of skills and knowledge that is necessary for the development of the labour market, for innovation and sustainability in general, and for vocational training.

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