The Erasmus student exchange programme is a programme created for the European Union, and its primary goal is to promote and encourage the academic mobility of university students and staff. Within the framework of bilateral cooperation agreements, the Erasmus programme offers students opportunities to attend an exchange semester at a European partner college or university. The number of placements offered for students is limited and varies from one partner college or university to the next.

Following Switzerland's acceptance of a referendum "against mass immigration" in February 2014, the EU has suspended its educational and research collaboration with Switzerland until further notice. On 16 April 2014, the Federal Council therefore created a transitional solution for Erasmus+ in the form of an indirect participation in the Erasmus programme for the academic years of 2014/15 and 2015/16.

Swiss-European Mobility Programme (SEMP)

All exchange activities with PHTG's Erasmus partner colleges have been secured until 2016 under the Swiss-European Mobility Programme (SEMP). All financing is currently provided from Switzerland. During the exchange programme, the students remain registered at PHTG and are thus exempt from having to pay study fees at the partner college or university. Students in the Erasmus programme are usually paid an additional amount (at present, this amounts to CHF 300 per month) for covering the extra cost. However, there is no legal claim for this extra amount to be paid out.

Erasmus partner colleges and universities


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