European Exchange Programs
 for students, post-graduates and other research fellows 



Dan Lucian Dumitrascu (Cluj, Romānia)

CEEPUS - Central European Exchange Program for University Studies

The main objectives of CEEPUS are to

  • contribute to building Europe and the European Higher Education Area

  • use regional academic mobility as a strategic tool to implement Bologna objectives

  • enable cooperation with SEE and the Ukraine

The main activity of CEEPUS are university networks operating joint programs ideally leading to joint degrees. CEEPUS covers mobility grants for students and teachers in this framework.

Currently there are 14 member countries: Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, the Slovak Republic and Slovenia.

The legal basis for CEEPUS is an international Agreement signed by the member states and is open for accession.

CEEPUS is based on lean management. The highest ranking decision making CEEPUS body is the Joint Committee of Ministers that meets once a year and takes all strategic decisions. Coordination, evaluation, program development and advertizing are the main tasks of the Central CEEPUS Office (consisting of only two persons). Each country has a National CEEPUS Office in charge of national implementation. In order to avoid setting up new administrative bodies, the National CEEPUS Offices are integrated into already existing structures, usually national agencies.

With CEEPUS, there is no transfer of funds: There is an internal currency of "1 scholarship month" instead. Each country pays its INCOMING students and teachers and has to pledge at least 100 scholarship months per academic year. The CEEPUS agreement also specifies that these grants be comprehensive grants linked to the local cost of living. So far, experience has shown that this system works very well.


PNCJ - Psychosomatic Network CJ

The project will last 3 years and can be funded with no more than 200 000 Euro
The main objective, based on the purposes of the European Network of Psychosomatic Medicine and of the CEEPUS Project on PM, is to contribute to the standardization of education and training in PM for health care providers.
We want to organize ad-hoc working groups to develop a common curricula, to ensure quality of PM teaching, to organize joint degrees, to succeed in recognition of PM as speciality in all the EU countries, to identify main research topics, etc