Swiss-European Mobility Programme SEMP (formerly Erasmus)
The University of Zurich participates in student exchange programs in the framework of the Swiss-European Mobility Program (SEMP). SEMP is a Switzerland's interim solution to replace the currently suspended participation in the European education program Erasmus+.
The Swiss-European Mobility Programme supports the mobility of students in Europe for the purpose of studies or traineeships.
In the framework of SEMP, employees at higher education institutions can apply for financial support for short stays at European partner universities in the interest of further training or for a teaching appointment. This offer is directed toward researchers as well as to administrative and technical staff.
All disciplines that have SEMP/Erasmus agreements with other universities have a designated departmental coordinator who is responsible for the agreements and the exchange. Employees who are new to this role should contact Karolina Widla.
Background Information on the Erasmus Program
The European Union’s education and training programme Erasmus 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 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 and follows the precepts of Erasmus+.
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 the International Relations Office for further information about the internal procedure at UZH.
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