CEEPUS (Central European Exchange Programme for University Studies) is a Central European student and academic staff exchange programme whose headquarters are in Vienna, Austria. This programme provides opportunities for student and teacher mobility with the main aim of improving education at higher education institutions. CEEPUS offers exchanges in the form of credit mobility, research visits, teaching provision, and so-called summer schools.
The CEEPUS member states are: Austria, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Hungary, Moldavia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro and the Czech Republic. CEEPUS was establishment in 1994, and more than 47,000 student and academic staff exchanges have been organised through this programme over the past 20 years. The current third cycle of the CEEPUS programme started on 1 May 2011, and is planned to last seven years.
The duration of mobility is directly linked to the type and category of mobility for which the candidate is applying. In general, CEEPUS allows longer stays of one or two semesters for students in credit mobility, but also short-term stays lasting up to three months, with the aim of conducting research and writing a master’s or a doctoral thesis, as well as so-called short-term excursions such as winter and summer schools (lasting up to 6 days). As regards teaching mobility, it can last for a minimum of five working days with obligatory 6 hours of lecturing or mentoring per week, but the lecturer will often stay as long as one month.
The amount that each country allocates to inward mobility scholarship holders is defined in line with the economic standards of the respective country. In the Republic of Serbia, the monthly scholarship for inward students, graduates and doctoral students amounts to 18,000 RSD per scholarship month, whereas the scholarship for teachers and doctoral students employed at a university amounts to 35,000 RSD per scholarship month. Apart from the scholarship, there is a possibility of arranged accommodation in available dormitories, eating at affordable prices in the cafeteria, and using emergency medical aid.
Detailed information, application procedure and required documents are available on the website of the CEEPUS III programme.