CEEPUS (Central European Exchange Program for University Studies) is an exchange academic programme in the fields of education and research which involves 15 Central-European countries, that offers both teachers and students opportunities to spend a study or teaching period abroad at the partner universities. The programme started in 1995 and now it is in its third phase with rising success, demonstrated by the increasing number of involved participants.
The main activity of CEEPUS is university networks (created minimum 3 universities from 3 different countries) operating joint programs. CEEPUS offers mobility grants for students and teachers in this framework.
It is a unique opportunity to share knowledge and experiences among countries with a common cultural heritage and a strong background of academic cooperation.
1. Within interuniversity networks.
SASS is included in the CEEPUS network “Europe from the Visegrad Perspective”, which includes the following partner institutions:
- Jagiellonian University in Cracow (Poland)
- Matej Bel University Banska Bystrica (Slovakia)
- New Bulgarian University Sofia (Bulgaria)
- Masaryk University in Brno (Czech Republic)
- University of Zagreb (Croatia)
- University of Pécs (Hungary)
- University of Montenegro, Podgorica (Montenegro)
- University of Novi Sad (Serbia)
- University St. Kliment Ohridski, Bitola (Macedonia)
- School of Applied Social Studies in Nova Gorica (Slovenia)
2. So called “freemover” exchange. For a freemover exchange, you can apply to any higher education institution in the CEEPUS Member States..
Registration is done exclusively through the CEEPUS web portal.
Conditions for mobility
- completed two semesters of study
- Age limit: up to 35 years old
- citizenship of one of the CEEPUS countries
- support from the coordinator of specific network at the home institution
- undergraduate students may apply for an exchange for one semester or a maximum of 10 months;
- in exceptional cases (eg summer school) and with the justification of the coordinator, they may also apply for shorter periods (but not less than 21 days)
- shorter and longer mobility for undergraduate students (1 semester), postgraduate students in master’s studies (1 -5 months) and doctoral studies (1-3 months)
- 15. june (for the autumn term)
- 31. oktober (for the spring term)
- 30. November for »free mover«application
Registration and implementation of mobility
Application is submitted either through a CEEPUS network; or as a freemover.
A. Through a CEEPUS network
- Apply for mobility at your university
- Home ppu nominates you and sends your applications to home NCO.
- Home NCOs forward your applications to the host country (host ppu/ host NCO)
- Host NCOs award scholarships and inform you.
- acceptance of your scholarship online
- preparation of stay (necessary documents, accommodation)
- end of the stay to confirm the stay are necessary:
- the Letter of Confirmation (LoC): filled out online by the network coordinator at the host institution
- the Mobility Report: filled out online by the scholarship holder
B. As a freemover
Who freemovers are? If your university isn’t member of a network or you would like to go a university outside a network, you can join the CEEPUS programme only for the second semester. You need two documents: a Letter of Acceptance from the host institution and a Letter of Recommendation from two different teachers of your university. You can download both of them from the CEEPUS website after the registration.
You should also submit a copy of the application to the FUDŠ Project Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Attachments include: motivation letter, CV, certificate of passed exams.
This is followed by preparation for a stay abroad. Before leaving, arrange the necessary documentation (visa, insurance) in time.
Regarding accommodation, contact the host institution, which will also provide you with information regarding the receipt / transfer of the scholarship.
Before going home, the network coordinator / partner from the host institution must sign a certificate of completion of the exchange, i.e. Letter of Confirmation.
The CEEPUS scholarship is awarded by the recipient country and includes:
- accomodation and
- health care
- and provides a tuition waiver.
The amount of the scholarship for individual countries is published on CEEPUS portal (you can access the information by clicking on the flags at the bottom of the introductory page).