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JAMK University of Applied Sciences and the Center for International Mobility and Cooperation, CIMO wish to support equal participation in mobility programmes. An accessibility grant is meant for students and staff members who have special needs and need additional funding to be able to take part in the mobility programmes.

For whom?

A person going on exchange can require accessibility services because of, for instance, a disability, illness or learning difficulties. The tailored arrangements are meant to support the studies and everyday life of the exchange student/staff member: housing, mobility, possibility to participate in free time activities, health and well-being. As the need and nature of support varies from one person to another, each case will be reviewed individually.

The accessibility grant can be applied for
•    student exchange for studies or practical training
•    teacher or staff exchange
•    intensive courses
•    network meetings

It is possible to apply for the accessibility grant in Erasmus+, FIRST, Nordplus and HEI ICI -programmes. Only participants in any one of these programmes are eligible to apply.

In the FIRST, Nordplus and HEI ICI programmes applications are made to CIMO via the Finnish partner institution, in this case JAMK, both for outgoing and incoming students and staff members.  In the Erasmus+-programme only the outgoing students and staff members apply for the accessibility grant via JAMK from CIMO. The incoming students and staff members apply for the accessibility grant from their home institutions or the national Erasmus+ agency in their country of residence.  

How?

Arrangements concerning the accessibility grant should be started as soon as possible before the exchange period, 6 months before departure at the latest. Acquiring information and confirming the special arrangements at the destination can take a long time.

Students with special needs apply for exchange within JAMK’s application periods.

  • Further information about applying for incoming exchange and double degree students can be found in the page Application Process.
  • Further information about applying for the outgoing exchange and double degree students can be found in the student intra section Internationalisation through studies
  • Staff members contact International Services in person when planning to participate in a teacher or staff exchange in the programmes mentioned above


It is important that the student/staff member contacts the International Services and International Coordinator in person to let them know the needs regarding accessibility and special arrangements needed.

There is a rolling application period for the actual accessibility grant. The application is done with a separate application form in which the student/staff member and the Finnish partner institution, in this case JAMK, shall each fill in their own sections. The filled in application form is delivered to the International Services at JAMK.

The International Services delivers the applications to CIMO where they are processed case specifically and the decisions concerning the accessibility grants are made.

As the need and nature of support varies from one person to another, CIMO will review each case individually.

CIMO will award the grant to the Finnish partner institution, in this case to JAMK, which will then forward the grant to the outgoing/incoming students and staff members.

Use the checklist

CIMO and the Finnish ESOK network (Higher Education Access & Disability) have compiled a checklist to be used by students needing special arrangements.

Students/staff members should play the key role in expressing their needs regarding accessibility and special arrangements needed.

The points listed in this document are recommendations, and higher education institutions and exchange partners may use and modify the list according to their own needs.

The check list and application documents