The Swiss Programme for Erasmus+ for higher education is called Swiss-European Mobility Programme SEMP. SEMP gives Swiss higher education institutions the possibility to support students as well as teaching and administrative staff doing a study-, training- or teaching-mobility with funding.

Who can participate?

  • Students can complete a study visit at a partner higher education institution (HEI) abroad of up to 12 months per study cycle (Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctorate). These visits are recognised for the studies at their own HEI.
  • Students and graduates can complete a traineeship in a business enterprise or other suitable workplace abroad of up to 12 months per study cycle (Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctorate).
  • Lecturers have the opportunity to teach in another European country for up to two months. This is possible in any faculty.
  • HEI staff can be supported in their professional development – through further staff training and job shadowing at a partner HEI or appropriate institution in another European country.

I am one of these people and I am interested: what do I do?

  • Contact the International Relations Office of your higher education institution (university, higher education institution or college of higher education). There you can obtain all the practical information necessary concerning the SEMP such as the eligibility criteria, the registration deadlines, the documents to be completed and details of the financial funding.
  • For students and lecturers: the International Relations Office will also inform you of the institutions abroad with which a partnership exists, i.e. which places you can travel to. 

Michael Hengartner, President of the ETH Board, former Rector of UZH, explains in the video what constitutes SEMP mobility.

How are the mobilities organised?

HEI usually have an International Relations Office. This is responsible for organising and carrying out student and staff mobility. Students, lecturers and employees who would like to find out about the possibilities of spending a period abroad should contact the International Relations Office of their HEI. There, they can obtain all further information (requirements, application, deadlines, etc.).

Who can submit an application to Movetia?

SEMP mobility projects are not submitted directly by students or HEI staff but by the Swiss higher education institutions to the National Agency Movetia. This also applies to incoming mobility.

Incoming mobility – what, how, where?

Students and HEI staff coming to Switzerland from abroad are also supported via the SEMP. Traineeships must be organised through a Swiss HEI, usually a partner institution of the home HEI. Students and HEI staff can obtain information from the International Relations Office of their home HEI or a Swiss partner institution.

Erasmus+ funding instruments and opportunities for Swiss institutions

Setting up and implementing joint cooperation partnerships is an additional component in the internationalisation of HEIs. For this, Erasmus+ offers various funding instruments, which support inter-institutional collaboration. This overview summarises everything Erasmus+ offers for higher education and provides information on participation options for Swiss HEIs (despite partner country status). 

For cooperation with institutions outside Europe, Movetia offers further funding instruments within the International Programme.

General information on Movetia and SEMP (in German)

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