The Erasmus Programme is a programme set up to help students with an internship of at least 3 months to an academic year in another European country. The Erasmus Programme guarantees that the period spent abroad is recognised by their university when they come back. This, for example, allows for internships abroad. The main insentive to join this programme is that student do not pay extra tuition fees to the universities they visit, students can also apply for a grant at the Erasmus programme to help cover living costs and additional expenses while studying aborad. Students with a disability can apply for an additional grant to cover miscellaneous expenses. In an effort to reduce costs to students and improve mobility, students may also use the EU commision supported accomadation network: Casaswap. Fatclub, Erasmate or Student Mundial. Free websites where students can rent, sublet, offer and swap accomodations. Both nationally and internationally. This is also a communications platform allowing students to exchange information and help one another when going abroad, sharing their experiences and expectations. There are currently more than 4000 higher institutions partaking in the Erasmus Programme, across 33 countries.
To participate in the Erasmus Programme students must be studying for a degree or diploma at a tertiary-level institution and must have completed their first year. Althought it is now also open for students on High(Secondary) School.
Due to recent changes in Swiss law and their decision to limit immigration, it is no longer possible to freely study in Swiss universities, or for Swiss students to study in EU countries.