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What is the Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility programme?

The International Credit Mobility programme was established by the European Commission in 2015 to encourage international mobility for students, faculty and all higher education staff between Europe and partner countries outside Europe. 

The aim of the programme is to improve the competence and quality of education and strengthen students' skills and competitiveness in the labour market. Participation can, for example, lead to improved language skills, increased knowledge and knowledge of other cultures and countries, and active participation in society.


Key messages for students 

You can only take part in international credit mobility if your university has an inter-institutional agreement. You should therefore contact your university. This could be: - your university's international office - from your faculty: by their nature, Erasmus+ credit mobility opportunities will be offered as part of your programme. At a certain stage in your programme, you will be told which courses are available at which partner universities.

International Credit Mobility projects can last 16 or 24 months. HEIs can apply for funding to support any of the following mobility activities:

Student mobility for studying from Partner country to Programme country and vice versa.

Student mobility for traineeship from Partner country to Programme country and vice versa.

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Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters scholarships

Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters are high-level and integrated study programmes, at master level. They are designed and delivered by an international partnership of higher education institutions (HEI). They involve at least three HEI from three different countries, of which at least two must be EU Member States and third countries associated to the Programme (previously called Programme Countries).

By supporting these jointly recognised Master degrees, the EU aims at fostering excellence and internationalisation of the participating institutions. There are also scholarships for students to take part in these prestigious programmes; the masters themselves offer them to the best-ranked applicants worldwide.

Scholarships cover the cost of a student’s participation in the programme, travel and a living allowance.

Activities and outcomes

The programme covers the period of your study, research, placement activities, thesis preparation and defence, in line with the requirement of the joint Master. The latter comprises at least 2 study periods in 2 countries, which must be different from your country of residence. Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters offer different study tracks to meet this condition.

Duration of the masters: 1 to 2 academic years (60, 90 or 120 ECTS credits)

Type of degree awarded: either a joint degree (i.e. one single degree certificate issued on behalf of at least two higher education institutions) or multiple degrees (i.e. at least two degree certificates issued by two higher education institutions of the consortium)

Applications and more information

You should consult the online catalogue of Erasmus Mundus masters programmes. There you will find detailed information about these EU funded programmes and a link to the websites of the masters. These latter contain all the information you need to decide if this is the right programme for you: description of the course of study, list of the participating universities and entry requirements.

The programme’s website will also take you through all the steps of the application process. Don’t hesitate to contact directly the relevant university if you have further questions.

A new batch of selected Erasmus Mundus Masters is added to the list each year. Most consortia will require applications to be submitted between October and January, for courses starting the following academic year.


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