Since the start of the new programming period (2014-2020), Switzerland is considered as a "partner country" as opposed to "programme country" in the EU education programmes. Organisations from partner countries may receive support from Erasmus+ only under specific conditions.
On 19 September 2014, the Swiss Federal Council decided to extend the interim solution for the Erasmus+ education programme until the end of 2020. Under this framework, eligible Swiss organisations will receive support for their participation in Erasmus+ through the Swiss Foundation for the Promotion of Exchanges and Mobility (SFAM). More information can be found here.
The status of Swiss institutions in Erasmus + can be found here.
For the purpose of Erasmus+, CERN is considered by the EC and the Swiss authorities as a legal entity established in Switzerland and is thus eligible to receive support from Bern for its participation in Erasmus+, through SFAM.
|Type of Erasmus+ project||Possibilities / conditions for receiving funding|
(Strategic Partnerships and Knowledge Alliances)
|Capacity Building projects||
|Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees (EMJMD)||
|Type of Erasmus+ activity||Possibilities / conditions for receiving funding|
|Student mobility (traineeship) to CERN||
Duration: 2-12 months
Target group: students during their bachelor degree, their master's degree and during their doctorate.
Students from European universities will receive no grants from Erasmus+ for their stay at CERN since Switzerland is not a programme country. Nonetheless it is possible for European students to come to CERN as a host organisation on the condition that their traineeships are administered by a Swiss Higher Education Institution*. In this case, the grants for the European students coming to CERN will be paid by SFAM.
|Teacher / Staff mobility to CERN||
The Swiss government has decided to fund both the outgoing (from CH to EU) and incoming mobility (from EU to CH) of teachers or university staff, based on the principle of reciprocity. This means that if a Swiss school or university receives 10 teachers for 5 days training coming from the EU, they must also send x teachers for the equivalent amount of days (50) to the EU. For teacher mobility (from primary and secondary schools), CERN is in principle not eligible for support and for tertiary education (university staff) CERN may be eligible provided that it is based on mutual exchange of visits.
The teacher mobility is funded by Comenius and the university staff mobility is funded by Erasmus.
In the framework of the Swiss Interim Solution, all mobility for studying and teaching between higher education institutions (HEIs) shall be based on an inter-institutional agreement between the partner HEIs. The Swiss HEIs' partner must be established in one of the Erasmus+ programme countries and awarded with an Erasmus charter for higher education.