Who signs SEMP agreements? The office of international relations appointed by the rector is empowered to sign agreements. Agreements signed by other UNIGE members cannot be taken into account and cannot be funded. Under the Erasmus programme, or rather the Swiss-European Mobility Programme (SEMP), inter-institutional agreements are reached with universities in the countries participating in the Erasmus programme. These exchange agreements are standardised and can be concluded for a maximum validity period of seven years (the implementation of an Erasmus programme). Erasmus/SEMP agreements are generally specialized and are initiated by teachers or department coordinators. They establish contact with the desired partner university and negotiate the academic aspects of the agreement, as well as the number of exchange points and the level of study. Global Student Experience supports the conclusion of the agreement. Following the adoption of the anti-immigration initiative in 2014, no agreement could be reached with the European Commission on Switzerland`s participation in the new generation of Erasmus (2014-2020). In order to ensure the continuity of mobility activities with the Erasmus countries, the Swiss government has decided to develop a co-financing base for Erasmus. The interim solution for Erasmus for higher education is called the Swiss-European Mobility Programme (SEMP) and follows the principles of Erasmus.
The participants of the SEMP (Outgoing and Incoming Students) are financially supported by the Swiss National Agency Movetia. Student exchanges with partner universities continue under the SEMP on bilateral exchange agreements. The conditions for participation in the SEMP are those of the former Erasmus programme. When submitting a training contract and the final report, the signing of an agreement is conditional on the agreement of the host department or the faculty. You can find a list of our SEMP agreements in the exchange opportunity database. The signing of a SEMP agreement entitles students to mobility grants. In 2018-19, they amounted to CHF 1600 to CHF 2200 per semester (depending on the host country) and CHF 170 per day plus travel costs (chf 600 maximum) for teachers. After receiving the welcome letter from the host institution, students must apply for a student visa.