The ERASMUS+ Programme is the largest programme for European cooperation in the field of university education, enabling FAFNR students to participate in short-term study exchange and/or traineeship. At each level of study (bachelor, master and doctoral), students can use the opportunity to obtain a grant and participate in a 12 months exchange.
CEEPUS is focused on regional cooperation within the university networks.
The CEEPUS Agreement has been signed by Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Montenegro, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Moldova, Poland, the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia, Austria, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Serbia. The University of Prishtina, Prizren and Peja in Kosovo are participating as well.
The International Agreement upon which the cooperation is based is the CEEPUS III Agreement, which entered into force since May 1st 2011 and has replaced the former CEEPUS II Agreement.
According to Appendix 1 of the Law on the Universities (nr. 111/1988 Sb..), pregraduate students with at least two finished semesters, postgraduate students and academic persons of public universities and private universities (Public Benefit Organization) are all eligible for the programme.
It is also possible to apply for individual mobility (the freemover format). However, the programme´s main focus are the network mobilities.
The goal of the programme is the creation of a Central European university network, composed of individual thematic projects.
7 Advantages of CEEPUS
- Simple administration; the applications are handled within one semester.
- The applications are prepared fully online, submitted on www.ceepus.info.
- The stipend is used for board, and is paid out in the host country.
- The study period is recognised within the network projects.
- Common study programmes within the university network and awarding common academic titles.
- Stipends may be also assigned for internships.
- If your major is not involved in any network project, you may apply as a freemover.
AKTION Czech Republic – Austria is a programme for funding bilateral cooperation in education and research at the tertiary level. The programme AKTION was launched in 1992 as a joint programme of both countries’ Ministry of Education.
The programme AKTION is focused on fostering mutual understanding between the Czech Republic and Austria. It supports the enhancement of bilateral cooperation in research and education in all scientific areas. The programme funds the cooperation of projects, which aim to enhance new cooperation as well as to boost existing cooperation. It supports projects involving young researchers and projects that are promising for receiving financial support from other funds (EU programmes, etc).
Two types of activities are supported:
- individual – study stay scholarships and research scholarships for the stay in the second country and for participation in the summer language courses and summer schools.
- institutional – funding of cooperation projects of Czech and Austrian institutions in higher education; see the guidelines for project proposals’ submission, financing and conclusion.
- Information on the scholarship calls in English is available on the website: www.grants.at
- Guidelines for the project proposals’ submission are available in Czech on the website: www.dzs.cz/cz/aktion-ceska-republika-rakousko/pokyny-pro-projekty/ and in German on the website: www.dzs.cz/de/aktion-osterreich-tschechische-republik/richtlinien-fur-projekte/.
The prestigious Fulbright Programme sponsored by U.S. and Czech governments provides U.S. and Czech citizens with the opportunity to study, teach, or conduct research in the partner country.
This traditional programme allows U.S. scholars and professors to research or lecture in a wide variety of academic and professional fields, or to cooperate on curriculum development in the Czech Republic for one semester or academic year. The Fulbright awards are intended for Czech students, scholars, and professionals. Czech citizens apply directly at the Czech Fulbright Commission. Scholarship holders are chosen in open competition.
Grants usually cover living costs, air ticket and health insurance, sometimes other costs (tuition fee or a part of, books…).
Scholarship holders travel to the USA on a J-1 visa (cultural and educational exchange). This visa has the condition that the holder must return to their home country after 2 years.
About 30-40 Czech citizens are supported under all programs annually.
The ratio of chosen applicants to the number of applications differs according to programme, interest and financial demands, but ranges between 1:3 up to 1:5.