Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility offers opportunities to organise student and staff exchanges between higher education institutions in Estonia and Partner countries. After the mobility phase, students and staff return to their home institutions to complete their studies and continue their work.
How is it funded?
Estonia has a budget to fund a number of mobility projects including both incoming and outgoing students and staff between the countries. Estonian institutions can apply to their National Agency to organise projects with higher educaton institutions in Partner countries. The application form can only be submitted by an institution in Estonia on behalf of the partners.
Estonian institutions can apply once every year (usually in February) and each year the application will be evaluated strictly on its merits. The National Agency awards the successful higher education institutions a grant including individual and travel support for the participants and organisational support for the institutions to fund the mobilities.
How does it work?
In order for the mobilities to happen, the higher education institution from a Partner country must sign an inter-institutional agreement with a higher education institution in Estonia. In the agreement, the sending and receiving institutions agree on the range of courses open to visiting students and on the options for staff mobility. This agreement ensures that the sending institution will recognise the credits gained by its students for activities successfully completed abroad, as part of their degree upon return. By signing an inter-institutional agreement, the institutions commit themselves to respecting the principles and quality requirements of the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE) relating to the organisation and management of mobility, and agree on a series of measures to ensure high quality mobility.
Individuals should apply for the grant from their home institution. The sending higher education institution defines the selection criteria for participants, in agreement with the receiving institution.
Why take part?
International Credit Mobility projects aim to help individual participants acquire skills to support their professional development and deepen their understanding of cultures. They also aim to increase the capacities, attractiveness and international cooperation of the organisations taking part. Taking part in International Credit Mobility is a good way to start participating in the Erasmus+ programme for higher education institutions with less experience with international projects. For example, an institution can start with staff mobility within Inernational Credit Mobility, add student mobility if the project is successful and decide to apply for larger Erasmus+ projects such as an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree or a Capacity Building project in the future.
Benefits for institutions: participation in International Credit Mobility will increase the international ties between higher education institutions and will give institutions the opportunity to increase their visibility at both local and global level. Both incoming and outgoing students will be ready to share their experiences of studying at your institution. Working with other institutions will give you an opportunity to compare and upgrade your curricula with peer institutions in order to improve teaching quality and strengthen institutional management.
Benefits for students and staff: participation in International Credit Mobility has benefits for both students and staff. Staff can acquire new competences for their professional development, improve their language skills and learn about new teaching methods. Furthermore, a key finding of the Erasmus Impact Study is that taking part in Erasmus+ can boost a graduate's employability and transversal skills. Five years after graduation, unemployment rates among Erasmus participants are 23% lower than among graduates who did not participate in Erasmus.
Who to contact?
If your higher education institutions would like to start a new cooperation with an Estonian institution then please refer to the list of Estonian higher education institutions participating in the Erasmus+ programme with necessary contact details.
If you need additional information from the Estonian National Agency then please contact:
Silva Viilup (Archimedes Foundation, Unit for International Higher Education Programmes)