The Erasmus+ Programme covers all higher education fields and degree levels. Mobility periods between Finnish and foreign higher education institutions are based on bilateral agreements. Enterprises and other private or public organisations and their staff are eligible to participate in some activities.
To be eligible to participate in the Erasmus+ Programme, a higher education institution must have the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE), granted by the European Commission. The charter creates the foundation for all Erasmus+ cooperation of the higher education institution, and through the charter, the institution commits to the Erasmus+ programme’s principles and terms.
In global mobility, a valid ECHE is required only from the Erasmus+ Programme countries. In the global mobility framework, the Partner Countries do not apply for the Charter but they commit to its principles when they sign an agreement with their European Erasmus+ partner.
EDUFI grants funding for higher education
Universities and universities of applied sciences apply for funding from the Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI) for organising international mobility periods. Higher education students, teachers, and staff apply for grants from their own higher education institution.
Students and staff members with special needs can apply for a special needs grant. This additional funding is meant to enable an accessible participation in the Erasmus+ Programme which not would otherwise be possible due to a disability, physical or psychological illness, learning difficulty or other special need.
Mobility consortia can also organise exchanges
A mobility consortium formed by higher education institutions and other organisations can also organise Erasmus+ mobility periods. The mobility consortium applies for accreditation of the consortium; an accreditation is a prerequisite for receiving funding. Once the consortium is accredited, it can apply for mobility funding on the same principles as an individual higher education institution.