International Credit Mobility (ICM), is an Erasmus+ project funded by the European Commission. ICM provides financial support for academic mobilities for students (bachelor, master and Phd) and academic/ administrative staff (teaching and training mobility). ICM objective is to reach better understanding and mutual enrichment between the Higher Education Institutions (HEI) in the field of higher education through promoting the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills at higher education level. This will be achieved through the promotion of partnerships and institutional co-operation exchanges between those HEI.

ICM UNS project is coordinated by the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis (UNS) which ensures the monitoring, implementation, administrative and financial management of the mobilities.

* Bachelor and master must spend minimum 1 semester abroad to get enough ECTS to be recognized by the sending institution.

  ** Within a teaching mobility, the academic staff must give 8 hours of lectures for each period of 5 mobility days.

  *** Excluding travel days.

This tab is provided for information purpose, the duration of mobility may vary slightly. Please refer to the ICM project you are interested on.



Here are the steps to follow to apply for the ICM program: from the project idea to the realization of your mobility. Thank you to respect this process and make sure to have contacted Home and Host Higher Education Institutions (HEI’s) involved.


  • Step 1:  HEIs launch a call for applications

Your home institution will communicate the outgoing mobility offers available within the ICM project, give you all necessary information and select the most appropriate offer to your profile before apply


  • Step 2: Your application

After delivering all necessary documents to your application, you can submit your folder to your home institution, beware of deadlines!step


  • Step 3:  1st Evaluation by the Home University

Your Home institution will evaluate and rank the applications before transmitting them to the Host university.


  • Step 4: 2nd Evaluation by the host University

The Home university submit the classified files to the Host university for a 2nd evaluation by host components, labs or supervisors.


  • Step 5:  Acceptance/refusal

Your Home university will inform you about the final selection results. If you are accepted, the Host university will then contact you directly by email to organize the mobility.


  • Step 6: Before the mobility

1/ Before carrying out your mobility, the learning agreement(LA) or the mobility project(MP) must be set up. This document, as a contract between you and both HEIs ensuring recognition, is the first step to a dual supervision. It shows the program that you must follow or goals to reach during your stay. In order to fill your learning agreement or mobility project you must check the host institution website in order to select the most appropriate lectures with the approbation of your Home and Host institution. In order to prevent further problem with ECTS recognition, both Home and Host institution must be involved in the learning agreement or mobility project set up process.

Do not wait until the last moment to fill the LA or MP because it can last several weeks to set up accordingly with Home and Host Institution

2/ Once your mobility start and end are defined your Host institution will send you an invitation letter. You must then start all the process in order to get your visa.

3/ You must subscribe an international medical insurance and send it to UNS ICM team.

3/ UNS ICM team will send you a mobility contract to fill in and sign; once signed you must send it back by email.

4/ Once UNS ICM team receives your contract signed, flight tickets can be booked.


  • Step 7: Start of the mobility

Incoming beneficiaries: (If you are doing your mobility at UNS) once you arrived, you have to come to UNS ICM office and sign two originals of your mobility contract.Outgoing beneficiaries (If you are doing your mobility in one of the partners HEI) you must come to UNS ICM office before your departure in order to sign your mobility contract.


  • Step 8: End of mobility

You must fill in and submit the end of mobility report online after the mobility abroad, it’s about your experience on the ICM program.







All mobilities must be beforehand prepared before it realization. A contract is set up for each part (participant and universities), to determine the goals of their mobility for staff and the program to follow for students.


a) StudentsObjet / Materiel n°10

Each student can participate to ICM from the 2nd year of bachelor to doctorate according to the mobility offers available for each partner institution:

Bachelor and master can perform a mobility from 3 to 12 months (according to the mobility offers available); Nevertheless, in order to get enough credits (ECTS) bachelor and master students must spend at least one semester at the Host university.

In fact, students must fill a learning agreement signed by both Home and Host universities before their departure. They will select courses to follow and determinate the number of ECTS needed to success their end of year exams.

PhD are welcomed for 3 to 12 months (according to the mobility offers available); they’ll also have to prepare a research project which will be validated or not by both Home and Host universities.






b) StaffObjet / Materiel n°7

Staff members represent both professors who will teach during their mobility period and administrative staff who will be trained or will develop a project between universities. They must complete their mobility contract and mobility project to ensure that their work is in line with their Host university.

  • Within teaching mobility staff member must provide a study program of courses which will be presented during their education mobility. The teaching assignment lasts minimum 5 days to 2 months max, excluding travelling time and at least 8 hours of teaching per week.
  • Within training mobility staff member will develop overall objectives of their training mobility. The training assignment lasts minimum 5 days to 2 months max, excluding travelling time and for a period of training or observation in an institution of higher education.






The Erasmus+ program will cover the travel cost and provide the stipend.

a) Travel

The travel package is determined according to the geographical area where the participant is coming from. Each area is evaluated according to the distance in Km between the departure place and the mobility place. The travel package varies from one country to another

These amounts are specified as an information based on the first ICM project launched by UNS (ICM UNS 2015) and may vary slightly. Please check the updated amount in the relevant ICM project section.



b) Grant and funding

Funding depends on the mobility direction and status of the participant program.

These amounts are specified as an information based on the first ICM project launched by UNS (ICM UNS 2015) and may vary slightly. Please check the updated amount in the relevant ICM project section.


c) Financial participation of the candidate

Each participant must provide:

- A visa (if necessary)

-An insurance certificate, in case of medical emergency including requiring medical repatriation (international medical insurance)

-Participants must pay their accommodation and all fees linked (home insurance, charge...)

-Students only, will not pay registration fees to their Host university, being already registered in their sending university. However, they must pay the social security protection of their welcoming country if it's requested