The worldwide intensive programmes are short courses, which have to be organised jointly by at least two higher education institutions. Students and professors from higher education institutions try out innovative multidisciplinary learning opportunities in a short exchange outside Europe.

Via intensive programmes (IP), Swiss universities can network internationally, try out initial partnerships with new partners and strengthen and further develop existing partnerships. Long-term partnerships between institutions and a framework for longer-term study mobility should develop from successful short courses.

Cooperation in international groups is paramount for the IP. Students, professors and university staff benefit from special learning and teaching conditions here, which an institution cannot offer alone. Those taking part highlight the topic to be dealt with from new perspectives. Professionals have the opportunity to exchange experiences about teaching content and new curriculum approaches and to test new teaching methods in an international classroom.

Which criteria does a project have to fulfil?

The project should generate added value for the institution itself as well as for the Swiss education system, and should correspond with the internationalisation strategy of the institutions taking part. The intensive programme applied for should be innovative and balanced in terms of content, for example, with regard to the learning opportunities or method, access to information, development of competence or its interdisciplinary nature. The planned place of execution for the IP must be in Switzerland or in a country taking part in the IP. 

Who can participate?

Intensive programmes are carried out between a Swiss higher education institutions and an institution or organisation outside Europe. The consortium defines the options for participation for professors and students (requirements, application, time periods) and is responsible for selecting those taking part.

What does Movetia offer?

  • Financial funding: projects can be supported with a maximum funding contribution of 60% of the total costs. The project applied for must not already be funded by Erasmus+ grants.
  • Consultation: Movetia offers advice and supports applicants. They also coordinate the application procedure and are responsible for evaluation. 

Points to consider when disseminating project results

The results and products of the projects funded by us are to be shared as widely as possible and made available to other key players in the education system – you drafted a dissemination strategy for this along with your application. Publications and reports connected with the project are required to mention that they received funding from Movetia. Movetia requests this so as to ensure the visibility of exchange and mobility as well as the funding programmes. Movetia is pleased to share your information with others (via website, social media).

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