Blended intensive programmes, BIP

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Blended intensive programmes, BIP – a new short-term mobility action in the new Erasmus+ programme period 2021-2027. 

BIPs are short, intensive programmes that use innovative ways of learning and teaching, including the use of online cooperation.  

BIPs may include challenge-based learning where transnational and transdisciplinary teams work together to tackle challenges for example those linked to the United Nations’ sustainable development goals or other societal challenges identified by regions, cities or companies. 

BIPs should have added value compared to existing courses or trainings offered by the participating higher education institutions and can be multiannual.  

By enabling new and more flexible mobility formats that combine physical mobility with a virtual part, BIPs aim at reaching all types of students from all backgrounds, study fields and cycles. 

Short-term physical mobility (5-30 days) + virtual component: 

  • Physical mobility takes place at the coordinating Higher education institution (HEI) in the receiving country. 
  • Collaborative online learning exchange and teamwork (no eligible criteria for duration). 
  • No formal requirements for BIP design: the virtual learning could be organized before or/and after the physical part of BIP. 

BIP has to be developed and implemented by at least 3 HEIs coming from at least 3 Programme Countries: 

  • Coordinating HEI is also the receiving HEI 
  • All participating HEIs should hold a valid Erasmus Charter (ECHE) 
  • HEIs from Partner Countries may participate and may send participants at their own costs. 
  • The participants from Partner Countries do not count towards the minimum requirements.  
  • Teaching and training staff involved in the delivery of the programme can come from any organization in the Programme Country. 

A minimum of 3 ECTS credits should be awarded to the students after BIP (virtual and physical mobility). 

Number of participants in BIP: minimum 15 students; maximum 20 students 

  • Teaching/training staff involved in the delivery of the programme do not count towards the minimum of 15 participants. 
  • Students at the receiving HEI may participate but don’t count towards the target group of 15 students. 
  • The number of students from different HEIs shouldn’t be equal. 
  • Students registered in a HEI and enrolled in studies leading to a recognized degree (all levels, including PhD students) 
  • Staff: working at a HEI in a Programme Country 
  • Staff from enterprises invited to teach at an HEI in a Programme Country, public or private organisation active in the labor market (including employed doctoral candidates) 
  • Coordinating/receiving HEI gets mobility organisational support (OS) 400 EUR per participant (incoming student). Funding per BIP with 15 students: 6000 EUR. 
  • OS eligible costs: support (top-up salary) for academic and administrative staff at the receiving HEI involved in preparation and delivering the BIP; teaching / learning materials; social and cultural activities. 
  • OS budget can’t be used to allocate Erasmus+ grants for participating students and teachers.  

Individual support for participants should be provided by sending institution. 

Individual support for outgoing BIP students (physical mobility): 

  • Day 1-14 of activity: 70 EUR per day  
  • Day 15-30 of activity: 50 EUR per day  
  • One travel day before and one travel day following the activity (2 days in total) may also be covered by individual support! 

Support for outgoing BIP teachers and staff (physical mobility): 

  • EU grant for travel cost (distance calculation) 
Travel Distance Amount
10 to 99 km: 20 EUR per one participant
100 to 499 km: 180 EUR per one participant
500 to 1999 km: 275 EUR per one participant
2000 to 2999 km: 360 EUR per one participant
3000 to 3999 km: 530 EUR per one participant
4000 to 7999 km: 820 EUR per one participant
8000 km or more: 1500 EUR per one participant
  • Individual subsistence cost (country rate)
Receiving country  Amount per day, EUR
Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Sweden, United Kingdom, Liechtenstein, Norway 153
Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Malta, Portugal, Spain 136
Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Macedonia, Turkey 119
Non-EU countries not listed above  (only the institutions of these countries which are involved in the E + projects coordinated by LSMU and LSMU must have signed an inter-institutional agreement) 180  (for incoming to LSMU – 140)

Responsibilities of the participating institutions 

Receiving / Coordinating HEI: 

  • BIP design: physical and virtual component (Faculty) 
  • Budget planning (Faculty + International office) 
  • Administrative support for incoming participants (International office): applications, learning agreements, accommodation options, social and cultural events. 
  • Reports on project results to the National Agency (International office) 

Sending / Participating HEI: 

  • Engagement in the design and implementation of BIP (Faculty) 
  • Selection and nomination of students and staff 
  • Financial support for outgoing students and staff (allocating grants, learning and teaching agreements, grant agreements, payments) 
  • Contribution the virtual component of BIP 

Useful toolkit for BIP organizers: Higher Education Mobility Handbook.

Do you wish to propose your BIP? Contact us:

Žaneta Dičkutė
International Relations and Study Center