Applying for project funding

Higher education institutions can apply for funds for the mobility of students and higher education staff. All Swiss universities officially accredited by the SERI as well as colleges of higher education with federally recognised education and training programmes are eligible to apply. All institutions must also obtain one-time accreditation for participation in the SEMP prior to submitting their application.

1. Step: accreditation
Institutions that have not acquired a University Charter under the European Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) can apply for a Quality Certificate (SEMP Charter) for the Swiss-European Mobility Programme. Institutions fulfilling the quality criteria of the ERASMUS University Charter are accredited to participate in the SEMP.

Accredited institutions can also team up as a consortium for the realisation of mobility projects. Such consortiums must be accredited by Movetia. Member institutions within the consortium award each other a mandate.

With the accreditation, the tertiary-level institutions gain access to the passport-protected website for the International Relations Offices of Swiss higher education institutions. This is where IRO employees can find all the necessary documents and information for carrying out the SEMP.

2. Step: submitting project proposal
Applications for funding for mobility projects can be made once a year. The funding period is 26 months starting from 1 June.

Possible partners and destinations

The SEMP is fundamentally able to fund mobility projects to other European countries or from such countries to Switzerland. As the name suggests, the Swiss-European Mobility Programme focuses on exchanges between Switzerland and Europe. The vast majority of periods abroad are accordingly spent in a European country. Students can also travel to another country of the world or come from there to Switzerland for academic semesters or internships. Swiss higher education institutions decide on an individual basis with which partners in non-European countries to conclude inter-institutional agreements.
The partner institutions in the countries of the Swiss Programme for Erasmus+ must generally have a valid Erasmus+ Charter. Global partners must agree to the SEMP General Obligations and Quality Principles.

Student Mobility for Studies and Staff Mobility for Teaching must strictly be based on an inter-institutional agreement between the partner universities. 

Special needs

For projects that integrate people with special needs, additional support may be requested. For further information please see the Instructions for higher education institutions and, before applying, contact the SEMP/ERASMUS team.