For 30 years, the European Union has funded the Erasmus programme which has enabled over 4 million European students to spend part of their studies in another higher education institution (HEI) in Europe.
In 2015, Erasmus+ opened up these opportunities to individuals and organizations from other parts of the world. Through "International Credit Mobility" - ICM for short - European HEIs can set up mobility agreements with partners around the world to send and receive students and staff. ICM projects aim to help participants acquire key skills, support their professional development and deepen their understanding of other cultures. Staff can acquire new competences for their professional development, improve their language skills and learn about new working methods. ICM aims to increase the capacities, attractiveness and international dimension of the organizations taking part, international ties between institutions will be strengthened, giving the partners the opportunity to increase their visibility at local and global levels.
Birzeit University has been participating in the programme since 2015 obtaining funding for students, teaching and non-teaching staff mobility within the International Credit Mobility (ICM) from. As the University has expanded its’ network with a large number of European countries such as; Austria Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.