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Information on Erasmus+

The Erasmus Programme (European Region Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students) is a European Union (EU) student exchange programme established in 1987. Erasmus+, or Erasmus Plus, is the new 14.7 billion euro catch-all framework program for education, training, youth and sport, which was started in January 2014. There are currently more than 4,000 higher institutions participating in Erasmus across the 33 countries involved in the Erasmus programme and by 2013, 3 million students had taken part since the programme's inception.

Erasmus+ grants currently cover 33 countries in Europe: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, FYROM, Greece, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and UK.

The Cyprus Institute was awarded ERASMUS Charter on 11 December 2013 and its ID Code is LEFKOSI02.


One of its aims is to boost the skills and employability of university students by taking studies overseas for between three and twelve months, or traineeship for between for two and twelve months. The mobility should take place in one of 32 countries in Europe and students receive a grant to help cover the cost of living and travel. (see Student Mobility)


Funding is available to help teachers, lecturers and non-academic staff develop their skills in schools, universities, colleges and adult education environments around 32 countries in Europe – through job shadowing, teaching and training activities. (see Staff Mobility)


Students and staff members who are interested in Erasmus mobility must fill the Application Form in response to Calls for Applications and submit it to the Office of Graduate Studies. All applications are evaluated by the Erasmus Sub-Committee meeting against the following selection criteria:

ERASMUS Selection Criteria:

1. Relevance to PhD studies/research at CyI

2. Access to instrumentation/expertise not available at CyI, but available at the host institution

3. Agreement of supervisor/ line-manager

4. If necessary, to differentiate between two candidates of equal merit: whether or not applicant has already benefitted from an Erasmus scheme Based on the regulations of the National Agency, applicants who wish to go on Erasmus program and choose their country of origin as their destination country, will be given lower priority in the selection process for the whole academic year.

Applicants are informed of the decision by writing. Accepted applicants should present a written proof of a mobility agreement (invitation letter, emails, etc.) within four months following the date of acceptance.

ERASMUS Factsheet


For additional information please contact
Ms. Jung-Keun Song-Petridou
Student & International Scholar Affairs Officer
The Office of Graduate Studies 
20 Constantinou Kavafi Street
P.O.Box 27456
2121, Nicosia

Click here to download our ERASMUS Charter (PDF) 


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