EDUFI encourages everybody to go on exchange

Programmes Higher education Asia Erasmus+ Erasmus+ for higher education FIRST+ HEI ICI Nordic Master Nordplus Higher Education Internationalisation
Internationalisation is for everybody! Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI) has published stories of two students who received a special needs grant for their exchange period.
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Special needs grants are intended to enable international mobility in circumstances when an injury, impairment, illness, learning difficulty or other special need causes additional costs that are not covered by other sources. The individual arrangements for each participant make studying and everyday life in the destination country easier. The grant is paid on top of the normal exchange grant.

Accessible exchange – an injury, impairment, illness or other special need is not an obstacle

Each year the Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI) reserves a separate budget for special need grants. Special need can be an injury, impairment, physical or psychological illness or learning difficulty. In case of psychological special need, the participant can get support for example for therapy costs during the exchange.

- With these videos we want to raise awareness of special need grant and its possibilities, says Sofia Lähdeniemi, the Programme Manager from International Higher Education Cooperation.

- Each year a part of the budget reserved for special needs grant is left unused.

Application for grant is easy

In the videos students who have received special need grant, Sanna and Katja, share their experiences and encourage others to apply for the grant and go for an exchange.

- Applying for the grant was made really easy. All you needed was a doctor’s statement that specified your special needs, says Katja from the JAMK University of Applied Sciences. I recommend to check this possibility so that a health restriction won’t stop you from going on an exchange.

Sanna from Aalto University also encourages everyone interested to go on an exchange.

- For others with special needs planning an exchange I highly recommend to apply for the grant!


Watch the videos on Youtube

Sanna Larke tells about her exchange in Dublin
Katja Minkkinen spent an academic year in Alicante


What is a special need grant?

Grants are applicable in Erasmus+, FIRST+, Asia, Nordplus and north2north programmes for student exchange, teacher or staff exchange, intensive courses or network meetings. The condition for the grant is participation in one of these programmes.The grant can be awarded to accessible accommodation, assisted mobility or such study-related special arrangements as learning materials.

Special needs grants have a rolling deadline. The application process is completely confidential. Students or higher education staff members and the Finnish partner institution shall each fill in their own sections of the form. Higher education institution sends the application to EDUFI.