What is international credit mobility?

For over 25 years, Europe has funded the Erasmus programme, which has enabled over 3 million European students to spend part of their studies in another higher education institution (HEI) elsewhere in Europe. Erasmus+ now opens up these opportunities to students and staff from other parts of the world. Under international credit mobility, a HEI in a Partner Country can send its students, doctoral candidates or staff to a partner HEI in a Programme Country, and vice versa. Students or doctoral candidates are able to study abroad for a limited period of 3 to 12 months for which credits are obtained. After the mobility phase, the students return to their sending institution to complete their studies. Similarly, staff can spend a teaching and/or training period abroad for up to 2 months.

2. What are “Programme” and “Partner Countries”?

The Erasmus+ programme refers to ‘Programme Countries’ and ‘Partner Countries’. Programme Countries are those countries participating fully in the Erasmus+ programme. To do so, they have set up a National Agency and contribute financially to the programme. The 33 Programme Countries are:

 The 28 EU Member States, and;

 Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey.

Partner Countries are all the other countries in the world, grouped together in different regions. Not all Partner Countries are eligible for international credit mobility. 


3. Types of mobilities: 

1. Student mobility for studies or for study;

2. Staff mobility for teaching or training;


4. Participation Requierments

  1. The staff mobility


  • Teaching periods: this activity allows higher educational institutions (HEI) teaching staff or staff from enterprises to teach at a partner HEI abroad. Staff mobility for teaching can be in any subject area/academic discipline.
  • Training periods: this activity supports the professional development of HEI teaching and non-teaching staff in the form of training events abroad (excluding conferences) and job shadowing/observation periods/training at a partner HEI, or at another relevant organization abroad.

Minimum period for staff mobility is 2 days, maximum – 2 months, excluding travel time with min. 8 hours of teaching/training per week.


  1. Financial Support

The Participant will receive a financial support from EU funds by signing a grant agreement with the Beneficiary – the National Sports Academy, in accordance with the financial rules of the Program:

Individual support: Staff from Program Country to Bulgaria – 140 euro per day

Travel cost:  Based on the travel distance per participant. Travel distances must be calculated using the distance calculator supported by the European Commission. The applicant must indicate the distance of a one-way travel to calculate the amount of the EU grant that will support the round trip:

  • For travel distances between 100 and 499 KM: 180 EUR per participant
  • For travel distances between 500 and 1999 KM: 275 EUR per participant
  • For travel distances between 2000 and 2999 KM: 360 EUR per participant
  • For travel distances between 3000 and 3999 KM: 530 EUR per participant
  • For travel distances between 4000 and 7999 KM: 820 EUR per participant
  • For travel distances of 8000 KM or more: 1100 EUR per participant

The expenses for Organizational Support (allocation of project’s budget) will be shared by the partners concerned on a mutually accepted basis written in the Inter-institutional agreement.

Lectures, tutoring through e-mails are not counted in the minimum number of 8 hours of teaching

The participant could receive besides the EU-grant or in replacement of the EU-grant or in replacement of the EU grant a national, regional or local grant provided by public or private donor.


  1. Inter-Institutional Agreement

The inter-institutional agreements  which higher education institutions (HEIs) sign before they start exchanging students and staff had to be adapted to take into account the specificities of mobility from and to Europe. In particular, the principles of the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (609 kB) are mentioned in the agreement, since higher education institutions in partner countries are not holders of the Charter. By signing the international inter-institutional agreement, partner countries commit themselves to respecting its principles. It is recommended that HEIs from Program and Partner countries sign this agreement once they are selected for funding for international mobility, and in any case before the mobility takes place. By signing the agreement the two HEIs commit themselves to comply the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education 2014-2020. The Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE) provides the general quality framework for European and international cooperation activities a higher education institution (HEI) may carry out within Erasmus +.

You could download the Template of Inter-institutional Agreement of National Sports Academy “Vassil Levski” from here. 

! NB. The Inter-Institutional agreement should be signed before the start of the mobility.


  1. PIC number of both institutions

All organizations as applicant or and a partner for all actions of Erasmus+ MUST be registered at the Participants Portal:


After registration the organization will receive a PIC Code number which have to be provided to the applicant organization. In case your Organization (UMBRELLA – not department) is registered for any other programs (Research Framework Programs or other) already, the organization will appear in the list.

!NB. Partner University has to have a PIC number before the start of the mobility.


  1. Role of the institutions

The sending institution should run a selection procedure in order to select the participants who will undertake the mobility. The receiving institution should provide conditions for undertaking staff mobility. The porpoise and the activities which will be taken during the mobility should be written in the Staff Mobility Agreements, signed by the partner institutions and the participant.


  1. Grant mobility agreement

After preparing all needed documents the Participant signs grant mobility agreement with National Sports Academy.