Applications and deadlines
Swiss-European Mobility Programme SEMP
The SEM programme (which has replaced Erasmus) allows students to undertake a period of study of 1 or 2 semesters in a university in one of the 28 member states of the European Union, the three countries of the European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway), and in Macedonia and Turkey, on the basis of agreements with those universities.
The period and services provided for studies (seminar papers, examinations) at the host university are recognised under current regulations at the University of Fribourg (Unifr).
The basic conditions for taking part in a mobility programme are:
- You must have paid your registration fee and be enrolled at Unifr. You will be exempt from registration fees at your host university.
- You must have obtained at least 60 ECTS credits at the start of your mobility placement and fulfil the conditions of your faculty.
- You must have the consent of your mobility coordinator/academic advisor.
- You must have sufficient language skills. Please refer to the terms of the host universities.
Note: some universities demand official language tests (e.g.: TOEFL, IELTS, etc.).
- You must satisfy the specific requirements of the host university.
Conditions for obtaining a full SEMP grant:
- The placement must have a duration of at least 3 months (an exception may be made for placements in universities with a trimestral system).
- You must submit a study contract before or at the start of your mobility placement.
- You must follow the course at the host university as stated in the study contract and pass most of the exams.
- You must submit a final report after your placement.
The Swiss Confederation provides mobility grants. These are allocations for the extra costs incurred in a stay abroad (accommodation, travel costs, language courses, etc.).
A student may obtain an SEMP grant for up to 12 months per level of study. For example, a student may do two placements of one semester in two different universities at the Bachelor level and again at the Master level as long as they fulfil all the conditions.
The grant is a lump sum of CHF 1,600 per semester.
Students studying in a host university with a trimestral system and who stay for less than 3 months will receive CHF 960.
Two separate payments are made:
- The first payment (80% of the total grant) is made on receipt of the grant contract and the study contract.
- The remainder is paid after you have submitted the final report to the International Relations Office (IRO). The final report must be submitted within 30 days of the end of your mobility placement.
Students on a work experience placement in Europe during their studies or within 12 months after obtaining their diploma may also be entitled to a grant. More information about the SEMP grant for work experience placements are available here (link to SEM Stage Out web page).
- Registration procedure
- Prepare your stay
- On the spot
End of placement
Validation of your credits
Ask your host university about obtaining your transcript of records. To have your credits recognised, ask your faculty or department.
All students must complete the experience report, which will be an invaluable source of information for future outgoing students.
Students who have completed a placement under the SEMP programme must also submit a final report for the Confederation.
Feel free to let others know about your mobility exchange, whether during your stay abroad or on your return, through a blog, on social media, when meeting other students, etc. Your international experience is rich from the academic, personal and social point of view. Give others the benefit of it!