The Erasmus+ Scheme aims to promote Equal Opportunities for all, no matter what their health situation may be. By signing the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE), UNIC has committed to respect in full the principles of non-discrimination set out in the Erasmus+ programme and ensure equal access and opportunities to mobile participants from all backgrounds. As a result, Erasmus + aims to support any student or member of staff in order to participate in an Erasmus+ Exchange Programme.

It identifies a person with special needs as a potential participant whose individual physical, mental or health-related situation is such that his/her participation in the project / mobility Action would not be possible without extra financial support. Examples of such situations include:

  • A disability (i.e. participants with special needs): people with mental (intellectual, cognitive, learning), physical, sensory or other disabilities;
  • health problems: people with chronic health problems, severe illnesses or psychiatric conditions;

Participants and/or staff with special needs should contact UNIC’s Erasmus office, submit their application along with all the necessary documents, and then we will contact the National Agency in order to ask for extra grant support, in order to cover the supplementary costs of their participation in the mobility activities.

Examples of such supplementary costs include, but are not limited to:

  • Accommodation in an adapted room that fits the participants needs, in case the University’s halls do not have such a room.
  • An accompanying person.
  • Special Transport
  • Assistance during lectures (such as with note – taking, etc)
  • Any special material needed (such as Braille texts, etc)

Please note that the amount of funding you will be given will depend on the real costs you will face while living abroad, and as a result, you will need to keep a detailed record of all the receipts of any expenses you may have.

Extra funding for students and staff with special needs may also be provided from other sources at a local, regional and/or national level. With regards to the accompanying persons for students and staff with special needs, they are entitled to receive a contribution based on real costs.

Applicants are expected to submit a letter with their request for additional grant support, and any supporting documents, along with their application.

The necessary supporting documents are:

  • A note from a doctor explaining the participant’s condition, as well as the way in which this condition will affect the participant’s life abroad.
  • A detailed estimation of the costs relating to your special needs, that you expect to face abroad.

For more information please visit the following links:

Erasmus+ National Agency website

European Commission