This project format of Erasmus+ supports excellence projects from European university associations. Higher education institutions throughout Europe test and establish comprehensive institutional and transnational cooperation in teaching, research, innovation and services. This benefits the European and Swiss higher education area as a whole.

Can Swiss universities participate in European Universities?

Swiss universities and colleges of higher vocational education and training will be able to participate as "associated partners" in European Universities for the first time in 2022. The federal government supports their participation financially through the Swiss Erasmus+ programme. More information on support for Swiss institutions can be found below.

What are the goals of the European Universities initiative?

The aim of the European Universities initiative is to significantly strengthen transnational institutional cooperation in teaching, research, innovation and services within the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) (see Erasmus+ call for projects). For example, study programmes are being created in which students can attend modules at all alliance universities, i.e. throughout Europe. New forms of transnational employment for teaching staff are also being piloted. The European alliances aim to help strengthen the quality and competitiveness of European higher education as well as to cultivate European values such as human dignity or the rule of law.

The initiative is attracting considerable political interest across Europe and has become a prestigious flagship initiative. The competition for European funds is correspondingly strong.


What types of projects does Erasmus+ support?

The 2022 Erasmus+ call for projects includes two guidelines. On the one hand, projects by already existing alliances will be supported (alliances that were funded under the 2019 pilot call, but also others). On the other hand, projects by applicants who would like to establish such a comprehensive transnational cooperation within the framework of a European University will be supported.

Swiss institutions can participate in both types of projects. Existing alliances can accommodate new universities.

What is the duration of an Erasmus+ project?

European Universities are funded for the duration of 4 years. However, it is expected that alliances continue their cooperation beyond this funding period.

Who can participate in a European University project?

A project must be supported by at least three higher education institutions from three different Erasmus+ countries.

Swiss universities and colleges of higher vocational education and training can participate as associated partner institutions, but cannot lead projects.

How are Swiss institutions supported?

The Swiss Confederation is providing funding of CHF 6 million for Swiss institutions.

Swiss institutions participating in European Universities can apply for funding from the Swiss Erasmus+ Programme at Movetia. All Swiss universities and colleges of higher vocational education and training are eligible to apply for Swiss funding. In order to successfully participate in an excellence project of this kind, it is important that the Swiss institution has the necessary capacities and can use them in the project.

Who applies for funds for the Swiss institutions?

The application to Movetia must be submitted by the university or school administration.

An EU application must in any case state that the Swiss institution is participating in the Erasmus+ project and what its role in the project is.

Swiss applications submitted by 6 March 2022 will receive feedback on Swiss funding before the EU deadline.

For further information and for advice on Swiss applications: