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Inter-institutional Agreements

Inter-institutional agreements can be signed between two or more higher education institutions (HEIs). They set the framework conditions for the student and staff mobilities which take place between institutions funded by the Erasmus+ programme.

Intra-European mobility

Mobility between HEIs in EU member states and non-EU countries associated with Erasmus

Both or all institutions must be holders of the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education.

International mobility

Mobility between HEIs in EU member states and non-EU countries either associated or not with Erasmus

  • HEIs in EU members states and associated third countries must hold the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education
  • HEIs in non-associated third countries must agree to the principles laid down in the Charter via the inter-institutional agreement

Outcomes of the agreements

By signing an inter-institutional agreement, the institutions involved agree to cooperate on the exchange of students and / or staff in the framework of Erasmus+.

They mutually commit to respecting the quality requirements of the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education in all aspects of the organisation and management of mobility, and agree on a series of quantitative and qualitative measures to ensure mobility of high quality and impact.

It is recommended that HEIs sign this inter-institutional agreement as soon as an Erasmus+ grant is awarded, and in any case before the first mobilities take place.

Digitalisation of agreements

As part of the European Student Card Initiative and the efforts to promote environmentally-friendly practices in Erasmus+, the inter-institutional agreements (IIAs) will move from a paper to a digital format. The digital IIAs are progressively being rolled out.

  • Phase 1 – mobility between EU member states and third countries associated to the Programme
  • Phase 2 – other mobilities including international mobility

Academic year 2021/2022 is a transitionary year in which progressively all HEIs join the Erasmus Without Paper infrastructure in order to be able to renew IIAs digitally. Until the IIAs can be renewed digitally, the existing IIAs from the Erasmus+ programme 2014-2020 may remain valid.

In cases where digital management of IIAs is not possible for justifiable reasons, editable templates are provided below.

Info and contact

Students wanting to find out more about the inter-institutional agreements signed by their higher education institution should seek this information from their home university’s international office. This information will also be available in the Erasmus+ App.

Higher education institutions with enquiries about procedures related to inter-institutional agreements should contact the responsible Erasmus+ National Agency in their country.