International intensive programmes for higher education


The worldwide intensive programmes are short courses , which have to be organised jointly by at least two higher education institutions. Students and professors from  higher education institutions  try out innovative multidisciplinary learning opportunities in a short exchange outside Europe.

Via intensive programmes (IP), Swiss universities can network internationally, try out initial partnerships with new partners and strengthen and further develop existing partnerships. Long-term partnerships between institutions and a framework for longer-term study mobility should develop from successful short courses.

Cooperation in international groups is paramount for the IP. Students, professors and university staff benefit from special learning and teaching conditions here, which an institution cannot offer alone. Those taking part highlight the topic to be dealt with from new perspectives. Professionals have the opportunity to exchange experiences about teaching content and new curriculum approaches and to test new teaching methods in an international classroom.

Which criteria does a project have to fulfil?

The project should generate added value for the institution itself as well as for the Swiss education system, and should correspond with the internationalisation strategy of the institutions taking part. The intensive programme applied for should be innovative and balanced in terms of content, for example, with regard to the learning opportunities or method, access to information, development of competence or its interdisciplinary nature. The planned place of execution for the IP must be in Switzerland or in a country taking part in the IP.

Who can participate?

Intensive programmes are carried out between a Swiss higher education institutions and an institution or organisation outside Europe. The consortium defines the options for participation for professors and students (requirements, application, time periods) and is responsible for selecting those taking part.

Who can apply?

Professors, researchers, lecturers and university staff at Swiss higher education institutions are entitled to apply.

The applications are submitted directly to the national agency Movetia. It is also recommended to give notice regarding the project proposal to the responsible for international relations at your higher education institution (IRO).

What does Movetia offer?

  • Financial funding: projects can be supported with a maximum funding contribution of 60% of the total costs. The project applied for must not already be funded by Erasmus+ grants.
  • Consultation: Movetia offers advice and supports applicants. They also coordinate the application procedure and are responsible for evaluation.

Important dates


Submit project outline: 31 January 2020

Submit application following qualification decision: 31 May 2020

You will find the application form on the right



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Switzerland, EU, other, Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Djibouti, DR Congo, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunesia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

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PhD Candidate, PostDoc, Researcher, Consortium

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31. January 2020
Last Modification
15. April 2020