For 30 years, the European Union has funded the Erasmus programme which has enabled almost 4 million European students to spend part of their studies in another higher education institution (HEI) in Europe. In 2015, Erasmus+ opened up these opportunities to individuals and organisations from other parts of the world. Through the new “International Credit Mobility” action – ICM for short – European HEIs can now set up mobility agreements with partners from around the world, to send and receive students and staff.
International Credit Mobility (ICM) projects aim to help participants acquire key skills, support their professional development and deepen their understanding of other cultures. The Erasmus Impact Study1 finds that taking part in Erasmus+ is likely to boost a graduate’s employability and transversal skills. Unemployment rates among Erasmus participants are 23% lower 5 years after graduation compared to those who did not go abroad. Two-thirds of employers think that international experience is a key asset for job candidates and leads to greater professional responsibility. Staff can acquire new competences for their professional development, improve their language skills and learn about new working methods.
ICM aims to increase the capacities, attractiveness and international dimension of the organisations taking part. International ties between institutions will be strengthened, giving the partners the opportunity to increase their visibility at local and global levels. Both incoming and outgoing students will be ready to share their positive experiences of studying at your institution.