Erasmus outside Europe
Erasmus outside Europe
Use your expertise to advance development
Erasmus+ outside Europe, also known as "KA171", is considered to be the foreign policy tool of Erasmus+. This means that the Danish Agency for Higher Education and Science and the European Commission focus on ensuring that the projects applied for the benefit the partner countries.
Become part of something bigger
Important to know about KA171
On Thursday 14 September 10.00 - 11.20 The International Office is hosting an online Q&A session for interested parties who have not yet participated in the application.
Sign up for the session has closed. You can request the presentations and further materials on firstname.lastname@example.org
If you want to keep up to date on the process for Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility then sign up for our
We only send you information regarding Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility (KA171) and we expect to send approximately 12 mails per application year.
KA171 creates opportunities for new collaborations outside the EU/EEA
Within the Erasmus+ programme, you can apply for mobility projects with countries outside the EU, aka partner countries. This part of the Erasmus+ programme is also called “The International Dimension in Erasmus+”, “International Credit Mobility” or KA171. Usually, we call it (Erasmus) KA171
The focus of KA171 is to strengthen competences and openess of Higher Education Institutions within the EU and in the rest of the world.
If you are part of a collaboration that fits the framework of Erasmus+ "Mobility Projects for Higher Education Students and Staff" (please always check the current Erasmus+ Program Guide), the funds could be used to boost it.
The collaboration must include a partner country (non EU/EEA country) and the purpose must include promoting (educational) development in that country.
There's a call for applications for project funds every year. A project is usually 36 months.
You can apply for funds to receive and send students for studies or traineeships, and to receive and send staff for teaching or training activities.
You can read more about the various options on the website of the Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education
Your role in KA171
If you decide to participate in the application for KA171 funds, you will get an active role in the project. Both during the application phase and if your part of the application gets funded.
You will become the departmental project coordinator and will have certain administrative responsibilities. Please read more in the section "After granted application"
International Office has registered increasing interest in KA171.
So far five departments have successfully obtained funding.
- 2016: Department of Business and Management.
- 2018: Department of Planning.
- 2019: Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology (several lecturers and academic areas), and Department of Planning.
- 2020: Department of Architecture, Design, and Media Technology (several lecturers and academic areas) and Department of Energy Technology (several lecturers and academic areas).
- 2021: No EU call for applications
- 2022: Department of Architecture, Design, and Media Technology, and Department of Planning.
- 2023: AAU did not apply for funds.
Previous (sub) projects (excerpt)
- Cooperation on education and curricula development related to the UN's SDGs
- Strengthening of existing research and/or exchange cooperation by adding mobilities focusing on educational and curricula development.
Should I apply for KA171 funds or opt for an ordinary exchange agreement?
Please note that even if applying, there is no guarantee to receive KA171 funds. And, as indicated in all the other content of this page, being part of the application and the project involves a lot of work. Particularly for the departmental project coordinator (you).
Hence, we advise you to consider if an ordinary bilateral exchange agreement with the relevant partners would suit you better. You can read more about that process on New agreement on international exchange or education
The application proces
The International Office is in charge of the application process and will guide AAU staff interested in applying.
AAU can only submit one application compiled of several sub-applications for different regions.
This means that if more than one academic environment is interested in applying for the same region, the academic environments will have the choice between co-writing (not recommended for more than two academic environments at a time) or agreeing on who gets to apply for the current call.
If neither is possible (or if the co-writing attempt breaks down), the International Office will decide who gets to participate for the current call. We will make the decision based on the International Office Administrative Basis for Erasmus+ KA171.
International Office will coordinate and submit the application.
Your contribution to the application
Please note that if you want to apply you will need to provide the academic, describing content specific for your project. The International Office will compile this information and submit it as one application to the Danish Agency for Higher Education and Science (UFS).
To be able to provide this description, you need to read the available information documents and budgets.
The International Office will also host an information meeting where we do our best to guide you through this.
What you must know before deciding to apply
Before deciding to apply we strongly advise that you read the International Office must read "Things you should know before applying for KA171" and the ICM Handbook for participating organisations. It will give you a summary of the most important things to remember when applying.
The projects are meant to support development in the partner countries
The EU considers KA171 as the foreign policy instrument of Erasmus+. This means that UFS and the Commision pay special attention to the projects being of particular benefit to the partner countries.
This is reflected quite clearly in the amount of funds available for each region.
72% of the available funds are dedicated to the following 4 regions:
- Sub-Saharan Africa (Region 9): 26%
- Western Balkans (Region 1): 18%
- South-Mediterranean (Region 3): 16%
- Neighbourhood East (Region 2): 12%
The remaining 8 regions that share the last 28% of the funds are very popular. In 2022, Danish institutions applied for approximately 2.7 million€ for projects in these 8 regions. That's approx. 3 times more than the funds that were available for those regions.
On the other hand, Danish institutions only applied for 1.2 million € for the 4 regions that are prioritised by the European Commission. That's a little less than 62% of the funds available for these 4 regions.
In the ICM Handbook for Participating Organisations (p. 6) you can see the regions and the countries that are part of each region.
To optimize your chances for obtaining funding, you need to keep the following in mind:
- Be strategic with your application and only apply for a few well-chosen partner countries.
- Expect low or now funding for projects in the 8 regions allocated the smaller budget portions.
- Please also note that the Danish Agency for Higher Education and Science is obligated to distribute funds according to geographical balance which influences the distribution of funding.
- The International Office recommends that you only establish KA171 partnerships with partners you know well.
- If you want to use KA171 to start an exchange cooperation with a new partner, it's better to start out with staff mobilities to establish further knowledge and trust between our institutions.
National budget call 2022 KA171
Timeline for the KA171 2024 application
- 14 September 2023 10.00-11.20: Q&A session for AAU staff who are interested in KA171 and who haven't yet participated in the Key Action.
- Until 25 October 2023:
- Consider if any of your ongoing activities with non-EU countries would be suitable for and benefit from travel and individual support funds from this project.
- Obtain formal, written approval from your manager (could be Head of Department, Head of Studies, Head of Section depending on who is accountable for how you spend your workhours)
- Start talking to your contact persons to agree if and what you will apply for (mobility for staff, students, or both).
- 26 October 2023: Deadline let the International Office know that you wish to be part of the 2024 application to KA171. Send us an email at email@example.com and remember to include
- Information on the countries and institutions you will be applying for.
- Approval from your relevant manager as described above. Please note that without their explicit approval the International Office will unfortunately not be able to include your contribution to the AAU application.
- Inhouse pre-evaluation form (available upon request to firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 2 November 2023: Those who expressed their interest in taking part in the application will
- Receive the application questions.
- Receive information on whether they need to co-write their application with someone else.
- Receive an invitation for the session "Moving on with your KA171 application".
- 10 November 2023: International Office hosted the "Moving on with your KA171 application" session.
- 10 November 2023 - 30 January 2024: Ask questions and send text for review with the International Office as needed
- 30 November 2023: International Office participates in Erasmus+ information meeting held by Danish Agency for Higher Education and Science
- 6 December 2023: Receive email with confirmation and if applicable any minor adjustments for the 2024 call.
- 30 January 2024: Deadline for sending your project descriptions to International Office at email@example.com
- 30 January to 16 February 2024: The International Office clarifies any uncertainties in project descriptions, mobility types, and numbers with you and enters the data in the official application form.
- ? February: The International Office applies on behalf of AAU.
If you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.
If your part of the application for funding for Erasmus outside Europe receives funding, you will be responsible for a number of processes. These include but are not limited to:
- Facilitating the signature of the Inter-Institutional Agreement with the Higher Educational Institutions in the partner countries you received funding for.
- The International Office will fill out the templates for you but you need to help secure some information and the signature from the relevant person at the partner intistutions.
- Obtaining signatures for the Inter-Institutional Agreement can take a long time. So we encourage you to start talks on the agreement immediately after the application has been submitted (who at the partner institution should sign it, how long does this process usually take, etc.).
- However, please only sign the agreement if you receive information that your project has been funded.
- Facilitating the signature of the AAU Standard Contractual Clauses (SCC)
- When collaborating with most (but not all) non-EU countries, AAU use the Standard Contractual Clauses to meet our GDPR obligations.
- In cooperation with the Grants and Contracts Department, the International Office will prepare the templates.
- It is however the responsibility of the departmental project coordinator to obtain the signatures from the partners.
- (Facilitating) signature of Learning Agreement for incoming students and interns.
- (Facilitating) signature of Mobility Agreements and Certificate of Attendance for incoming staff
- Academic guidance and nomination of outgoing interns (in cooperation with the Study Board)
- Academic guidance and nomination of outgoing students (in cooperation with the Study Board)
- Provide data for interim and final reports.