Erasmus+ covers all fields of study and degree levels in higher education. Mobility between Finnish and foreign higher education institutions (HEIs) is based on bilateral agreements between the institutions. Companies and other public and private organisations and their staff may also participate in some of the actions.
To be able to participate in the actions under the Erasmus+ Programme, the HEI must hold the Erasmus Charter (Erasmus Charter for Higher Education, ECHE), which is awarded by the European Commission. The ECHE lays the foundation for all Erasmus+ cooperation of the HEI and binds the institution to comply with the principles and conditions of the Programme.
In global mobility, only HEIs of the EU Member States and third countries associated to the Programme must hold a valid ECHE. Non-associated third countries in global mobility do not apply for the ECHE, but commit themselves to its principles when concluding the agreement with their European partner.
EDUFI awards the grant to HEIs
The funds available to mobility projects supported from the external policy funds have been divided into 12 geographic budgetary envelopes between different regions of the world. Universities and universities of applied sciences apply to the Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI) for funding for mobility activities and organising them. Students, teachers and other staff in higher education apply for grants from their own HEI.
It is also possible to apply for inclusion support for those students and staff members going on exchange who have special needs. The purpose of the additional support is to enable accessible participation in the Erasmus+ programme, which would not be possible for the person without the extra support because of the person’s disability, illness, learning difficulty or other special need.
Mobility consortia can also organise exchanges
Erasmus+ mobility can also be organised by a mobility consortium formed by HEIs and other organisations. The mobility consortium applies to EDUFI for consortium accreditation, which is required for the grant. When the consortium has been accredited, it can apply for a mobility grant on the same principles as an individual HEI.