Background Information on the Swiss Participation in the Erasmus Programme
The Erasmus Programme was set up in 1987, with the aim of promoting cooperation and mobility between European institutions of higher education. Switzerland was an official partner of the program from 1992 to 1995, and between 2011 and 2014.
Following a Swiss referendum on immigration in February 2014, the European Union suspended negotiations on Switzerland’s full participation in Erasmus+, and again declared Switzerland a third party country. In March 2014 the Swiss government decided to develop an interim solution of indirect participation. The interim solution is called Swiss-European Mobility Programme (SEMP) and follows the precepts of Erasmus+. The new program generation of the European education program begins in 2021, the participation in which is being pursued by both Switzerland and UZH.
Erasmus+ consists of the so-called Key Action 1 “Mobility”, Key Action 2 “International Cooperation” and Key Action 3 “Policy Support”. While Key Action 1 is covered by the SEMP interim solution, a participation of Switzerland in Key Actions 2 and 3 as a third party country is only partially possible or not at all. If you are interested in the participation in an international project, please contact Global Student Experience for further information about the internal procedure at UZH.