A series of international co-operation programmes with which the HEA was involved. All the listed programmes have concluded and are no longer available for funding opportunities. Alternative schemes of a similar nature may exist but are not administered by the HEA. Please contact the international officer of your institution for more information on currently operating international programmes.

EU-CANADA Cooperation Programme

An official agreement was signed in October 1995 providing for a cooperation programme between the European Union and Canada in the area of higher education and training. Between 1996 and 2001, a total of 32 projects were approved. KU Leuven participated in one project in 1996 (Victimization, Mediation and Restorative Justice).

The new EC/Canada agreement renewing the Cooperation Programme entered into force on 1 March 2001 for a period of five years (2001-2005). KU Leuven co-ordinated one EU/Canada project, along with the University of Regina (GLOBUS – Social Justice and Human Rights in the Era of Globalisation); and participated in one project (FACDEV – Promoting faculty development to enhance the quality of learning in higher education). The project was co-ordinated by the Université Catholique de Louvain and by McGill University.

In 2006, Canada and the European Union renegotiated the long-standing programme which will run for an additional eight years (2006-2013). The new agreement enables the continuation of activities such as the development of curricula, international internships, exchanges and study abroad with provision for credit recognition.

The EU-Canada Programme funds joint study and training programmes allowing transatlantic exchanges between European and Canadian education institutions. The Agreement focuses on four activities to benefit higher education students, vocational education and training teachers, trainers and administrative staff.


EU-US Atlantis

The EU-US bilateral Agreement primarily aims to promote understanding between people of the European Union and the United States of America and to improve the quality of their human resource development.

The EU-US Agreement through the ATLANTIS Programmes supports consortia of higher education and training institutions working together at undergraduates or graduates level to improve their educational services, to compare and modernise curricula and to develop joint study programmes with full recognition of credits and qualifications.

The 2011 call for proposals for the EU – US ATLANTIS programme has been launched in the context of the European Union – USA cooperation in higher education and vocational education and training. The programme gives funding to projects dealing with joint/double degrees or study/training programmes allowing transatlantic exchanges between European and American education institutions, as well as to projects dealing with policy oriented measures.


EU-ICI ECP Programme

The Industrialised Countries Instrument (ICI) promotes co-operation between the European Union and seventeen industrialised and other high-income countries and territories in North America, the Asia-Pacific region and the Gulf region One of the supported specific actions promotes “people-to-people links” with the aim to enhance mutual understanding between cultures and to facilitate the exchange of knowledge.

This 2012 ICI-ECP Call for Proposals supports co-operation with Australia, Japan, New Zealand and the Republic of Korea by means of Joint Degree projects (JDP) and Joint Mobility projects (JMP). Such projects focus on structured exchanges of students and faculty members; and on the joint development of joint or shared curricula and joint study programmes, as well as on the award of joint or double degrees in the case of Joint Degree projects.

All projects must address: development of innovative international curricula; student services, language and cultural preparation; organisational frameworks for student mobility and faculty members’ mobility; evaluation; sustainability and dissemination.