Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway support scholarship programmes in 11 beneficiary countries. Each programme, while sharing the same overall objective, is tailor-made to align with national needs and wider EU and donor country priorities.
Removing obstacles to educational mobility is a Europe-wide goal. European countries have set a target that by 2020 at least 20% of graduates in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) should have completed a study or training period abroad. 
With governments across Europe struggling to respond to high unemployment, there is a renewed urgency to address the skills gap. Boosting transnational mobility helps students acquire new skills and strengthens future employability. Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway contribute to strengthen relations between donor and recipient countries through the exchange of experience and by boosting the internationalisation of the education sector.
What is the objective of the programme?
- Enhanced human capital and knowledge base in the beneficiary countries
What are the expected results?
- Increased higher education student and staff mobility between beneficiary and donor countries
- Increased and strengthened institutional cooperation at all levels of the education sector (school; higher, adult education and vocational training) between beneficiary and donor countries
- Increased mobility of education sector staff at all levels of education between beneficiary and donor countries
Priorities, funded activities and eligibility criteria vary by programme. Read more detailed information in the individual programme summary for each country: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain.
 Conference of European Ministers Responsible for Higher Education (2009) The Bologna Process – The European Higher Education Area in the new decade.