International Projects

The UW’s achievements in international programmes such as Erasmus, Erasmus Mundus (34 Erasmus Mundus Action 1 & 2 projects focused on the regions of Asia, Middle East, Balkan and Latin American countries, including 4 projects – SALAM, SALAM2, SIGMA, SIGMA Agile, coordinated by the UW), Tempus, Jean Monnet Action etc. prove that the University has the relevant capacity building to ensure a qualitative organization of projects, their implementation, management, and results dissemination. Gained experience in international cooperation and in management of projects has created good conditions for internationalization of UW in an enlarged, non-EU scale.

 For more information on research projects please contact the Office for Research Administration.

For more information on staff and student mobility and education projects please contact the International Relations Office .


ERASMUS+ – Partner Countries


Erasmus+ is the EU programme for education, training, youth, and sport for 2014-2020. The programme will have a budget of €14.7 billion and has followed the achievements of other EU educational programmes organised for the past 25 years. Erasmus+ brings together seven European initiatives realised by the European Commission between 2007-2013: Lifelong Learning, Youth in Action, Erasmus Mundus, Tempus, Alfa, Edulink, and Bilateral Cooperation with industrialised countries in the field of higher education.

In Poland, Erasmus+ is centrally administered by the Foundation for the Development of the Education System

Detailed information about the programme can be found in the Erasmus+ Programme Guide for 2016 available here


A subdivision of Erasmus+ programme devoted to higher education is called Erasmus.

Erasmus funds are granted after acceptance of a project submitted in the call for applications in a given year under the following Key Actions:

  • KA1 – Higher education student and staff mobility between Programme and Partner Countries; Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees
  • KA2 – International programmes within Strategic Partnerships; Knowledge Alliances; Capacity building in the field of higher education

Notice: Participation in all types of projects is open to higher education institutions and companies from related partner countries with accordance to terms and conditions of a given call of proposals and a given project. 

Erasmus – International Credit Mobility project (ICM – KA107)

The objectives and implementation of such projects are closely related to those of Erasmus Mundus Programme.

Notice: List of partner countries eligible for the participation in the programme varies from call of proposals to call of proposals (and from project to project).

Each year, based on the Erasmus+ inter-institutional agreements and in cooperation with faculty mobility coordinators, the International Relations Office (IRO) prepares and submits to the Foundation for the Development of the Education System a new project under the framework of Erasmus – Mobility with Partner Countries (KA107). Financial support may be given to both incoming and outgoing students and staff, provided it was agreed on in a given project.

In accordance with the funds granted by the Foundation for the Development of the Education System, the IRO opens calls for applications. All successful applicants (both incoming and outgoing) sign an individual scholarship agreement.

Erasmus – International Credit Mobility 2015 project (ICM – KA107)

In the International Credit Mobility (ICM – KA107) project submitted in 2015, the University of Warsaw has been granted with funds for scholarships for students and staff from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, Israel, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine, South Africa, and Serbia.

The following partner universities participate in the ICM 2015 project:

  • European University of Tirana, Albania
  • University of Shkodra “Luigj Garakuqi”, Albania
  • University of Tirana, Albania
  • University of Bihać, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • University of Montenegro, Montenegro
  • University for Business and Technology-UBT, Kosovo
  • University of Belgrade, Serbia
  • University of Niš, Serbia
  • University of Novi Sad, Serbia
  • Al-Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco
  • Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
  • An-Najah National University, Palestine
  • Islamic University of Gaza, Palestine
  • The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
  • University of Jordan, Jordan
  • University of Johannesburg, RSA


Within the project, the following types of mobility are available:  

  • Student mobility for studies (5 months)
  • Staff mobility for teaching (up to two weeks)
  • Staff mobility for training (up to two weeks)

 All mobilities must finish before 30/06/2017.

Application procedure/Admission requirements

Students and staff members interested in participation in the programme need to apply at the international relations office of their home university.  

General financial rules

Students and staff visiting the University of Warsaw receive financial support (scholarship and travel allowance) from the University of Warsaw within the framework of the financial agreement signed with the Erasmus+ National Agency.

The amounts of scholarships within “Erasmus – International Credit Mobility” projects (with Partner Countries) were set for all the countries and are not subject to changes. More information can be found in the Erasmus+ Programme Guide for 2015, pp. 46-47.

Individual scholarship (support in covering the cost of living in the host country)

  • Incoming students from partner countries – € 750 / month
  • UW students visiting partner countries – € 650 / month
  • Incoming staff from partner countries – € 140 / day up to 14 days
  • UW staff visiting partner countries – € 160 / day up to 14 days

Travel allowance – As per the distance calculator

A lump sum for travel costs is also provided to scholarship holders depending on the distance from home country to receiving country:

Travel distances (km) → €/participant

100 – 499 km → 180 €
500 – 1999 km → 275 €
2000 – 2999 km → 360 €
3000 – 3999 km → 530 €
4000 – 7999 km → 820 €
≥ 8000 km →1100 €


Erasmus – International Credit Mobility 2016 project (ICM – KA107)

 In the International Credit Mobility (ICM – KA107) project submitted in 2016, the University of Warsaw has been granted with funds for scholarships for students and staff from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, China, Georgia, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Montenegro, Palestine, Russia, RSA, Serbia, Taiwan, Ukraine, and USA. 

Project Results

ERASMUS+ – Programme Countries

 Project Erasmus 2014/2015 – Learning Mobility of Individuals

 The University of Warsaw, founded in 1816, is the largest institution of higher education in Poland and has become the country’s leader in teaching and research. From the beginning, it has played a major role in the intellectual, political, and cultural life of Poland, and has been recognized worldwide as a leading HEI in Central Europe. Each year, the University provides education to 45,000 undergraduate and graduate students, 3,200 PhD candidates as well as 3,800 students of post-diploma programmes. 3,600 scholars teach and conduct research in humanities, social and natural sciences, as well as numerous interdisciplinary fields, which combine knowledge from various study and research domains. The University has actively participated in EU educational programmes, including Erasmus  since 1998.

Main goals of the Erasmus+ project (Learning Mobility of Individuals – 2014/2015) at the University of Warsaw: increased mobility of students and university staff; enabling students and staff to gain international experience and improve their professional, linguistic, and multicultural competence; improved cooperation with foreign HEIs; improved quality of teaching and research; improved internationalisation and worldwide visibility of UW.

In the 2014/2015 edition of the project, the University of Warsaw cooperated with 420 HEIs under 1,100 interinstitutional Erasmus+ agreements. There were at least 2,967 completed mobilities, including 1,855 outgoing students and staff members, and 842 incoming students and academic staff members (726 and 116 respectively). Among the outgoing participants, there were 1,128 students going abroad for studies, 362 interns (both students and graduates), 224 UW academic staff members going abroad for teaching at a partner institution and 98 other staff members who participated in trainings abroad. 98 students received extra funding to cover associated costs on their Erasmus+ mobility due to their disability or difficult financial situation.

The goals of the project were fully achieved. The quality of research, teaching and innovation have been the main criterion for international partnership and alliances which, thanks to trust and sustainability, have guaranteed an added value for all parties involved. International cooperation with strategic partners is aimed at long term collaboration with special emphasis placed on mobility and joint teaching activities /degree activities.


Erasmus Mundus Action 2 SALAM

On September 9 2016, University of Warsaw submitted a final technical and financial report from realisation and implementation EMA2 SALAM project. A brief description of the project as well as its objectives and results can be found below.

  • Type of a project: Erasmus Mundus Action 2
  • Project duration (eligibility period): 48 months (15/07/2012 – 14/07/2016)
  • Grant awarded: 3 055 775 EUR
  • Countries targeted: Iran, Iraq and Yemen

Partner Universities: EU universities – University of Warsaw (project coordinator), University of Algarve (Portugal), University of Deusto (Spain), University of Twente – ITC Faculty (The Netherlands), University of Gottingen (Germany), Lille 1 University (France), Lund University (Sweden); Iraqi universities – University of Baghdad, Salahaddin University – Irbil, University of Duhok; Iranian universities – Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Islamic Azad University Science and Research Branch, Khajeh Nasir Toosi University of Technology, Shahid Beheshti University, Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz, University of Tehran; Yemeni universities – University of Sana’a, Ibb University

  • Associated partners: The UN Refugee Agency, Polish Humanitarian Action

During the eligibility period of the project, 116 scholarship holders from Iran, Iraq and Yemen visited EU universities for studies (BA, MA, PhD) or research and training (Post-doctorate, academic and administrative staff). There were 57 credit seeking students (student exchange) studying at European partner universities and 36 degree-seeking students at MA and PhD level.

Project objectives:

The aim of SALAM was to assure the sustainability and ensure further development of a successful cooperation already established within previous EMA2 projects (LOT 7, 8, 9 – Iraq, Iran, Yemen, EMIIY) coordinated first by ITC – University of Twente and then by Lund University. SALAM aimed at continued promotion of European higher education and mobility of students and staff whose experience (study, teaching, research and/or management) gained in European HEIs contributed to personal development, academic cooperation and development of third countries. The project tightened existing academic bonds with partners in the abovementioned projects as well as helped to establish academic cooperation with new institutions. Also, SALAM continued to provide students and staff with enhanced career prospects and better intercultural understanding. The project contributed to the sustainable development of higher education in Iran, Iraq and Yemen and enhanced internationalisation of European universities. Apart from reaching EMA2 objectives, SALAM was to meet third country’s needs by providing new education and development prospects with a European dimension as an added value. Also, it was to provide possibilities of exchange of knowledge and cultures for nationals of EU countries involved in the project. Finally, all objectives were to create more structured cooperation between EU and Iran, Iraq and Yemen, enabling developing joint academic activities and creating centres of excellence, contributing to sustainable development of IIY higher education, and enhancing the visibility of European higher education.

Activities and accomplishment of programme objectives

  1. Enrichment of Iranian, Iraqi and Yemeni societies by developing qualifications of their nationals.

Scholarship holders could find their own development path and choose between several European HEIs for the most effective and focused mobility scheme. Also, they were able to gain knowledge, skills and international experience, which enriched them personally and professionally in their future work in and outside the academia. Additionally, it supported a multidimensional development of the society.

  1. Promotion of mobility, especially of persons coming from vulnerable groups.

SALAM followed and developed practices successfully established in previous EMA2 projects. Since problems with reaching as many potential candidates from vulnerable groups (TG3) as possible were faced in previous project for Iran, Iraq and Yemen, it was one of the biggest concerns in the promotion strategy of SALAM. During the second call for applications, a particular emphasis was put on attracting as many TG3 who would qualify for a SALAM scholarship as possible. Thanks to close cooperation with partners from third countries as well as previous Erasmus Mundus scholarship holders, embassies, EU delegations, UNHCR, NGOs working with Iraqi IDPs and refugees, the SALAM project could reach as many potential candidates as possible. It was also supported by an intensive promotion of the project on the Internet.

  1. Development of human resources in Iran, Iraq and Yemen in accordance with principles of equal opportunities policy.

Implementation of previous EMA2 projects guaranteed that all partners aligned to the European Commission’s principles of equal opportunities. SALAM also continued that practice and paid special attention that those principles are implemented. Easily accessible on-line application and database guaranteed that the selection process adhered to the above-mentioned principles. The consortium made further efforts to even male/female ratio by more wide-spread on-line and direct promotion of the project, comprehensive description of European environment and informing about equal opportunities policy.

Additionally, the project promoted the Bologna Process, European higher education and its standards and values as well as it contributed to the development of higher education in the third countries, and indirectly to the region in general. Project beneficiaries returned home with new knowledge, skills and competencies as well as intercultural experience. Special attention was paid to Master, PhD and post-doctorate mobilities who would have the highest impact on the future of the lot countries by bringing home new knowledge, experience and international perspectives and using them in social, professional and personal dimensions. They will be better suited to perform research, develop their professional careers, contribute to developing various branches of the market, undertake leadership positions in higher education, research, business, governmental bodies, and NGOs.