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Lotus - Erasmus Mundus Action 2
 Target groups

There are three target groups for individual mobility flows and five different types of individual mobility for students and academic staff.

Applicants should check their status at the time of submitting their application to the partnership.

Please note that you can only go on exchange if you still have a sufficient number of ECTS credits left to obtain (30 ECTS credits per semester). Graduated students should apply as degree-seeking applicants.

Target Group

Target Beneficiaries

Types of Mobility

Countries of individuals participating in mobility

Group 1

Students and staff registered in one of the HEIs that is a member of the partnership (at the time of submitting their application to the partnership)

undergraduate, masters, doctorate, post-doctorate, staff exchanges

SEA countries AND European Countries

Group 2

Nationals of the countries concerned

  • who are registered in a HEI of these countries that is not included in the partnership (students and staff)
  • who have obtained a university degree or equivalent by an institution of these countries (students only).

This includes the possibility of providing mobility opportunities to nationals working in public administration, public and private enterprises.

masters, doctorate, post-doctorate, staff exchanges

SEA countries AND European Countries


Group 3

Nationals of Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam who are in particularly vulnerable situations, for social and political reasons. For example:
  1. having a refugee status or asylum beneficiaries (international or according to the national legislation of one of the European recipient countries) or
  2. it can be proved that they have been the object of unjustified expulsion from university on racial, ethnic, religious, political, gender or sexual inclination or
  3. they belong to an indigenous population targeted by a specific national policy or IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons)
undergraduate, masters, doctorate, post-doctorate exchanges

Only SEA countries


Attention: Please consider the difference between disadvantaged groups and vulnerable groups. The former refers to cross-cutting issues: equal opportunities, disabled candidates, economically disadvantaged candidates. These cross-cutting issues will be taken into consideration during the selection of candidates for all three Target Groups. The vulnerable groups as listed here above are exclusively for the selection of Target Group 3. 

If any of the cross-cutting issues are of relevance to a candidate, the candidate should elaborate this in his/her application form so it can be included in the selection procedure. Applicants should document their situation with relevant proof.

Please note: the Target Groups were defined by the European Commission's Erasmus Mundus programme and as such do not express any political point of view of the Lotus consortium.

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