Central European Exchange Programme for University Studies is an exchange programme with General Secretariate in Vienna, Austria. The programme focuses on mobility of students and academic staff, with development of education on higher education institutions as its primary aim. The ongoing seven-year programme cycle – CEEPUS III – was launched on 1st of May 2011.
CEEPUS member-states are countries from Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe: Austria, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia.
Duration of mobility depends on the mobility type and category for which the candidate applies. Generally speaking, CEEPUS offers credit mobility (e.g. the possibility to obtain credits – for stays longer than 3 months, one semester or longer), but also shorter stays (up to 3 months), intended for students who perform thesis research (e.g. Master or PhD). Short-term excursions are designed for short-term programme mobilities, such as taking part in summer schools organized by a CEEPUS participating institution (stays up to 6 days).
Teacher mobility can last at least 5 working days (usually up to one month), with obligation to conduct lecturing or supervision activities in amount of 6 hours at the host institution.
Every CEEPUS member-state allocates a certain financial amount for scholarships. The scholarship rate varies between CEEPUS countries and is projected in line with the economic capacities of the respective country. In the Republic of Serbia, CEEPUS student scholarship amounts to 18.000 RSD per scholarship month, whereas teacher scholarship amounts to 35.000 RSD per scholarship month. Apart from the scholarship and depending on the country, there is a possibility for an arranged accommodation, nutrition at affordable prices in the cafeteria, and using the urgent medical aid/health insurance.
Detailed information, including the application procedure, criteria, documentation and other aspects can be found on the website of CEEPUS III programme.