Apply for International Credit Mobility

Erasmus+ enables UK higher education students and staff to study, gain work experience, teach or train abroad. Funding can also be used to bring international academics, industry experts and other professionals to your institution.

In 2018, over €76 million was awarded to UK higher education institutions (HEIs) for over 28,000 student and staff mobilities.

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Higher Education Student and Staff Mobility between Programme and Partner Countries (Key Action 107) - International Credit Mobility

For students, Erasmus+ is a chance to gain vital international experience, develop new skills and get off to a great start in their career. In the Universities UK International ‘Gone International’ 2017 report, mobile students were more likely to find a graduate level job and earn more than their non-mobile peers. For staff, it is about developing new professional networks and sharing best practice.

As this activity is for exchanges beyond Europe, it is also a chance to open up new regions for staff and student mobility, and engage with new fields of international research.

Examples on our case studies webpage include Middlesex University, the University of Warwick and the University of Nottingham.

How does it work?

Projects last 24 or 36 months. HEIs can apply for funding for any of the following activities within a project:    

  • Students can study abroad for three to 12 months or do a traineeship (work placement) abroad for two to 12 months in total per academic cycle
  • Academic and professional staff can do a teaching placement abroad, or undertake training, job shadowing or observation. Activities can last from two days to two months. Staff from any public or private organisation active in the labour market or in the fields of education, training and youth may also be funded to teach at your HEI.

Mobilities can take place between Programme and Partner countries. UK HEIs can apply for funding for student mobility, staff mobility or both, in as many countries as they like. Please see our ICM 2020 envelopes and rules document (251 KB) for further details. 

Erasmus+ mobility grants are awarded to HEIs based on criteria defined by the Erasmus+ UK National Agency to offer:

  • A monthly grant to students and, for some destinations, a travel grant
  • Extra funding for disadvantaged students and students with special needs
  • Subsistence and travel grants for staff mobility
  • Organisational support – for organisation, management and implementation of activities.

Who can apply?

Erasmus+ higher education funding is open to UK organisations involved in higher education. This includes degree awarding organisations as well as organisations offering courses leading to a degree. Please read the Erasmus+ Programme Guide for full eligibility criteria.

To apply for Erasmus+ higher education funding or take part in a project, your institution must hold an Erasmus Charter For Higher Education (ECHE) or Mobility Consortium with Higher Education (HE) Consortium accreditation.

Students are not able to apply directly for Erasmus+ funding. Students should contact their university or college to find out about Erasmus+ opportunities.

How do I find international HEI partners?

On the European Commission’s Organisation Registration System, you can find hundreds of HEIs from across the world who have registered for Erasmus+ and similar international programmes. National Erasmus+ Offices, who assist in the implementation of the programme, can be a useful resource in identifying HEIs overseas who are active in Erasmus+ and looking for partners.

Envelopes and rules

Mobility takes place between HEIs in Programme countries and Partner countries. Mobility can be both incoming to Europe and outgoing from Europe.

The funding is from the EU's budget for external cooperation. HEIs can apply purely for staff mobility or purely for student mobility or any combination of the two.

Institutions should note that the budget for this activity is capped, and that applications will be assessed on quality and experience.

Five separate European Union funding strands called ‘instruments’ provide the available budget:

  • European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI)
  • Development Co-operation Instrument (DCI)
  • European Development Fund (EDF)
  • Instrument for Pre-accession (IPA)
  • Partnership Instrument (PI)

This is split across 12 ring-fenced budget envelopes which cover most, but not all, regions of the world.

Please see our ICM 2020 envelopes and rules document (216 KB) for details of the eligible countries, associated rules and budgets.


* Please note that the UK National Agency is not the author of these documents and cannot be held responsible for the accuracy of the guidance within them.

How to apply

In 2020 there was one application deadline for International Credit Mobility funding on 11 February, and this has now passed. The guide for applicants (1.71 MB) is available for reference purposes only.

Read our webpage for the latest information on Erasmus+ and the EU transition period.

Who should I contact?

If you have any questions about this activity, please contact the British Council by email or telephone on 0161 957 7755.