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Why go abroad?

A study period abroad is undoubtedly an asset for your CV and your future professional career. This mobility allows you to broaden your horizons and to confront yourself with another reality by approaching your discipline from a different angle. A mobility abroad constitutes a life experience that goes beyond the strict academic framework. This project will not only allow you to improve your mastery of a foreign language but also to acquire a real intercultural competence.

How to apply?

  • How to apply for an exchange program

    Registration is done in 4 steps:

    Step 1:

    Consult the websites of the partner universities on the directory of mobilities of the International Relations Department (DRI AMU):

    You can also apply to a university of the CIVIS Alliance, whatever your discipline, as long as you find the course corresponding to your studies:

    • National and Capodistrian University of Athens (Athens, Greece)
    • Université Libre de Bruxelles (Brussels, Belgium)
    • University of Bucharest (Bucharest, Romania)
    • Autonomous University of Madrid (Madrid, Spain)
    • La Sapienza University of Rome (Rome, Italy)
    • University of Stockholm (Stockholm, Sweden)
    • Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen (Tübingen, Germany)

    Step 2:

    Determine the list of courses you wish to take (study contract), which must correspond to the course you are expected to take at AMU the year of your mobility.

    This list must be submitted, reworked and signed by the International Relations advisor.

    Step 3:

    Send an e-mail to the IR advisor of your discipline enclosing

    • your study contract
    • your CV
    • your letter of motivation
    • your university grades since the baccalaureate

    Step 4:

    Complete the MoveON form via the link provided by the DRI (the application forms are accessible according to the calendar of the mobility campaigns) by attaching:

    • the letter of motivation in the language of instruction of the host country
    • a CV
    • the study contract(s) signed by the IR advisor
    • university transcripts + baccalaureate
  • How to register without an agreement

    For all applications as an independent candidate at the university of your choice, please consult the application procedures directly on the university's website.
    Do not hesitate to contact your IR advisors if you need help with your application.

Partner Universities

The UFR Sciences is a partner of 142 universities in 34 countries.

Scholarships and mobility grants

Several mobility aid schemes are managed by the International Relations Department. They correspond to different funding bodies - the European Union, the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation (MESRI), the Southern Region, the University - and have specific eligibility and award criteria:

  • Scholarships dependent on AMU

    • A*Midex Scholarship

      A*Midex grant as part of the "Incoming and outgoing mobility grants" scheme which encourages the international mobility of Aix-Marseille University students.

      A*Midex coordinates the "Incoming and Outgoing Mobility Grants" scheme which encourages the international mobility of Aix-Marseille University students and promotes the hosting of international students within Aix-Marseille University courses for periods of study or internship. These scholarships are awarded on the basis of excellence (academic and linguistic criteria) and are financed within the framework of courses wishing to increase their international visibility. These scholarships are intended for students in bachelor, master and doctorate programs and cannot be combined with other scholarships for the program applied for.

      Duration: from 2 months to 1 semester
      Funding: 1000 maximum/month

      These scholarships are subject to selection by the teaching staff.
      For more information, please contact the course directors.

    • Outgoing Mobility Plan Grant (PMS)

      Outgoing Mobility Plan (PMS) grant from Aix-Marseille University subject to selection by your component.

      Obtaining the PMS grant is subject to selection of the file by the student's component and by an establishment selection committee. The academic criterion is preponderant for the student's ranking.

      Geographical area: Preferred partner universities (for the 2nd semester 2020-21), due to the COVID-19 crisis, all intra-European mobilities are eligible)

      Level of study: L2, L3, Master, Doctorate
      No condition of duration of stay, nor condition of resources

      Amount allocated: Outside Europe and outside Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia: 700 €/month + 900 € journey
      Europe, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia: 700 €/month + travel 400 € (concerning Erasmus students according to the country groups)

    • Erasmus+ grant

      Erasmus+ grant from the European Union for a study or internship mobility in a country participating in the programme.

    • International Mobility Grant (AMI)

      International Mobility Grant (AMI ) from the MESRI for a mobility abroad, without restriction of destination, only if you are a beneficiary of a grant on social criteria (CROUS).

      The mobility grants scheme of the Ministry of National Education and Higher Education (MENESR) allows students with grants on social criteria to benefit from additional financial aid to follow a higher education course abroad as part of an exchange programme or to carry out an international internship.
      This training or internship abroad* must be part of the course of study.
      (*The following territories are excluded: Metropolitan France, French overseas territories and the Principality of Monaco)

      Eligibility criteria:

      • To prepare a national diploma
      • Be a beneficiary of a higher education grant based on social criteria (whatever the level) or of an annual emergency grant. To apply for a social grant : HERE

      Duration of funding:
      The duration of the funded stay cannot be less than 2 months nor more than 9 consecutive months.
      Over the course of his or her higher education studies, the student may not receive more than 9 months of cumulative mobility aid.

      The AMI grant can be combined with an Erasmus + grant. It cannot be combined with a PRAME grant.

      Withdrawal of the application file:
      Directly from your Campus DRI or from the International Relations Department of your home institution. DRI Relay

      Submission of the application :
      MUST be submitted to your Campus DRI or to the International Relations Department of your home institution.

    • PRAME internship grant

      PRAME internship grant The South Region for internship mobility abroad (excluding Andorra and Monaco) for internship applications abroad.

      Regional Programme of Aid to Student Mobility (PRAME grants)

      Eligibility criteria :

      • To be enrolled in initial training in a public or private higher education institution located in PACA region under agreement with the Region (students enrolled in a thesis, students in sandwich courses and those preparing a BTS are excluded);
      • Preparing a State diploma, a diploma approved by the State, a DUETI (Diplôme Universitaire d'Etudes Technologiques Internationales) or a diploma registered in the RNCP (Répertoire National des Certifications Professionnelles);
      • Be less than 30 years old as of October 1, 2015;
      • Have completed one year of studies in a regional higher education institution or have obtained their baccalaureate in the PACA region (regional anchoring criteria);
      • Meet a social criterion requirement: the family quotient (QF) shown on the 2014 tax notice (on 2013 income) cannot exceed €24,000 (QF = overall gross income divided by number of units). Foreign students must produce a translated and certified administrative document showing their resources and the composition of their household during 2013 ;
      • Carry out a mobility abroad (provided that you do not have the nationality of the host country) for a minimum of 3 months for studies and 8 weeks for an internship that ends no later than December 31, 2016;
      • Carry out the training period in an eligible territory: Countries of the world, except France (metropolitan and overseas territories) and the Principality of Monaco;
      • Carry out their mobility as part of their training course during the academic year;

      The PRAME grant cannot be combined with an ERASMUS + grant, nor with an AMI grant from MENESR.

      Withdrawal of the application file:

      Withdrawal from your Campus DRI or the department in charge of International Relations of the component.

      Submission of the application form :

      Only and obligatorily with your DRI of Campus or the service in charge of the International Relations of your component(contacts)

    • Regional grant

      International Mobility Grant from the South Region for study abroad outside the European Union, Andorra and Monaco.

  • Foreign government scholarships

    Each year, the Chinese and Taiwanese governments offer scholarships to French students to improve their level of Chinese. These scholarships are for students in the "Asian Studies" program.

    The students leave from the Bachelor 3 level. The management of this program is entrusted to the Department of Asian Studies of Aix-Marseille University.
    For more information: (China) or (Taiwan) and the Department of Asian Studies of the Faculty of Arts, Letters, Languages and Human Sciences (ALLSH).

    You can also contact your IR advisor for more information.

You can also get information from your home town, department and region which often offer scholarships for studies and/or internships abroad:Marseille, Aix-en-Provence , Vaucluse General Council, Var General Council.

Research grants are also available:

  • Germany

    DAAD Fellowships:

    Support for students, doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows and senior researchers for a study or research stay in Germany. Two calls for applications each year: 15 February and 15 September.

    For doctoral students and young researchers wishing to pursue research essential to their projects or to defend a thesis in France, Germany or in co-supervision.

    Stay of 1 to 6 months in a higher education institution or research institute recognized by the German state.

    For former scholarship holders who have received a minimum of 6 months of scholarship in Germany.

    To be reinvited to Germany to carry out a research or work project of 1 to 3 months in a German public or state-recognized higher education institution or non-university research institute.

    For senior lecturers in higher education institutions or research institutes in France.

    To carry out a research project of 1 to 3 months in a German higher education institution or research institute, public or recognized by the German State.

    CIERA grants (Interdisciplinary Centre for Studies and Research on Germany):

    The CIERA grants are mobility aids to carry out in Germany, or in a German-speaking country, a research stay in the field of Humanities and Social Sciences. Either a stay of 4 months maximum (610 euros/month) for doctoral students who already have other funding. Or a maximum stay of 6 months (1220 euros/month) for doctoral students who do not have any funding. These grants for doctoral mobility can be received a maximum of 2 times during the thesis.

  • AUF - Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie

    Many calls for tender are regularly put on line by all the offices of the AUF, we advise you to consult their site regularly.

  • Canada

    Mitacs Programs: Research Opportunities in Canada

    Mitacs is a Canadian national organization whose goal is to design and implement research and training programs in Canada. The organization is linked to some 60 universities, thousands of companies, and government and international institutions. It is particularly focused on industrial and social innovation.

    Mitacs offers four different programs(Acceleration, Elevation, Globalink and Milestones) to support research internships, student and post-doctoral training and international research collaborations. These programs provide opportunities to conduct a research project or internship in partnership with a Canadian university or company. More specific collaborations are also possible through the Globalink program, of which France is one of the main partners.

    If you are interested in one of the Mitacs opportunities, do not hesitate to visit their website and to ask for more information at your DRI Campus.

  • United States

    This program is offered by the French Embassy in the United States to allow doctoral students enrolled in an American university to spend 4 to 9 months in a French laboratory. The Chateaubriand laureates receive a stipend. Their return ticket and health insurance are covered.

    There is a scholarship program for scientific doctoral students(science, technology, engineering, mathematics and biology-health) which aims to initiate or strengthen collaborations or joint projects between French and American research teams. This program is implemented by the Science and Technology Service (SST) of the French Embassy in Washington in partnership with American universities and research organizations such as Inserm and Inria. It is a partner of the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the GROW program. Contact:

    And a program in human and social sciences set up by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Washington. It is intended for American doctoral students who wish to pursue part of their work with a research team in France, in all disciplines of the humanities and social sciences. This program is supported by Campus France, which assists the SHS laureates in their procedures and their installation in France before and after their departure. Collaborations and events with the Fullbrught Laureates network are also offered during the laureates' stay. Contact:

    All information on the website

    United States - Partner University Fund (PUF)

  • Finlande

    La Société Finlandaise pour les Sciences et les Lettres et l’Académie finlandaise des Sciences et des Lettres proposent deux programmes de financement d’amorçage pour renforcer la coopération bilatérale France-Finlande.

    • Mobilité courte de chercheurs (RSM)

    Pour renforcer la coopération dans les domaines de la science, de l’innovation et de l’enseignement supérieur dans tous les domaines de recherche d’intérêt mutuel, ce programme permettra à des chercheurs sélectionnés de France et de Finlande de venir rencontrer leurs homologues pendant une courte période (de quelque jours jusqu’à 2 semaines)

    Cible :
    -          Doctorant(e)s et jeunes chercheurs(-ses)

    Objectif :
    -          Discuter des possibilités de collaboration concrète en recherche et, si possible, en enseignement supérieur (mobilité des étudiants, double diplôme, doctorats en cotutelle, dépôt de projets Européens conjoints….)
    -          Rencontrer et échanger avec plusieurs chercheurs au sein de l’institution d’accueil afin d’explorer toutes les autres collaborations possibles, aussi dans une approche pluridisciplinaire
    -          Identifier les perspectives à court, moyen et long terme de collaboration et de formalisation officielle de la coopération afin de construire une coopération durable entre équipes de recherche, laboratoires de recherche, départements et institutions.

    Subvention : 
    -          1200 € pour couvrir les frais de voyage, d'hébergement et de départ pour une courte visite dans le pays d'accueil

  • Italy

    The Franco-Italian University (UFI) offers a number of grant programmes, including the VINCI programme (mobility grants for co-supervision, doctoral contracts for co-supervision, three-year co-supervision grants, support for post-doctoral integration, etc.). All the information and the calendar on

  • India

    Calls for fellowships on the website of the French Institute of India.
    Raman-Charpak PhD fellowship (deadline: 31/05/2016)

  • Japan

  • Eiffel Scholarships

    The Eiffel scholarship programme, launched in January 1999 by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is designed to support the international recruitment efforts of French higher education institutions, in a context of increased competition between developed countries to attract elite foreign students to Master's, Engineering or Doctorate level courses.
    The Eiffel scholarships are excellence scholarships at Master's and Doctorate levels for Law and Political Science, Economics and Management and Science. Foreign students who wish to apply for an Eiffel scholarship should not do so directly but through the French university in which they wish to enrol. The application is presented by the head of the Master's programme or the thesis director.
    Please note that several universities cannot submit an Eiffel application for the same student.
    Please contact us.

L’obtention d’une aide à la mobilité internationale est conditionnée par plusieurs facteurs :

  • La demande d’une aide financière est toujours soumise à la validation préalable de votre mobilité (convention de stage, sélection pour une mobilité d’études)
  • Votre mobilité doit être éligible à un des financements (destination, durée,…)
  • Pour certains financements votre profil personnel (Quotient familial, échelon CROUS) ainsi que votre niveau universitaire (pour le PMS notamment)
  • Vous devez respecter scrupuleusement les calendriers et procédures communiquées par votre gestionnaire de mobilité internationale
  • Toutes les demandes d’aides se font par le biais de votre portail en ligne Moveon

Bourses Région Sud : en plus de la procédure Moveon, l’étudiant doit se rendre sur le portail de la Région en cliquant ici, créer un compte et déposer une demande d’aide en ligne en téléchargeant les documents nécessaires.

  • J’ai déjà obtenu une aide pour une mobilité internationale déjà effectuée : suis-je de nouveau éligible ?

    Pour Erasmus oui seulement si je ne dépasse pas 12 mois de mobilité dans le même cycle (12 mois en L/ 12 mois en M/ 12 mois en D)

  • Devrais-je rembourser le montant de ma bourse si je ne finis pas ma mobilité ou si je ne valide pas mon année à l’étranger ?

    Pour Erasmus cela dépend si la réduction de la période remet en cause l’éligibilité au programme (3 mois minimum en étude et 2 mois en stage). Si par la réduction de la période, la mobilité passe en dessous des 3 mois (ou 2 mois pour les stages) alors un remboursement total est exigé sauf en cas de force majeure justifié. En cas de réduction dans la période d’éligibilité, alors un remboursement au prorata temporis sera demandé. La question de la non validation est pédagogique et non corrélée à la bourse.

  • Combien coûte une mobilité à l’étranger ?

    Le coût d’une mobilité dépendra d’abord du coût de la vie du pays d’accueil, ou de la ville d’accueil (une mobilité à Londres sera beaucoup plus chère qu’une mobilité dans une autre ville britannique par exemple). L’éloignement et les frais de transports liés peuvent également représenter un poste de dépenses important. Des frais spécifiques à certaines destinations doivent enfin être considérés le cas échéant : visas, couverture médicale complémentaire, assurance rapatriement,,… En revanche et sauf exception, une mobilité internationale n’entraîne pas de frais supplémentaires liés à l’inscription universitaire : les droits d’inscription sont à régler auprès d’Aix-Marseille Université avant votre départ et vous en êtes exonéré dans votre établissement d’accueil dans le cas d’une mobilité d’études.

  • Quel délai y a-t-il entre la demande et l’obtention de la bourse ?

    Le délai entre la demande et l’obtention de la bourse varie mais peut prendre plusieurs mois dans certains cas. Il arrive donc que l’étudiant perçoive sa bourse lors de la fin de son semestre à l’étranger. Par conséquent, il est indispensable d’anticiper ce délai et de prévoir un apport financier suffisant pour supporter les coûts des premiers mois d’études à l’étranger.

  • Puis-je cumuler plusieurs aides à la mobilité internationale ?

    Les bourses de la Région Sud (PRAME-stage et Aide à la mobilité internationale – études) ne sont pas cumulables avec d’autres aides à la mobilité internationale.

    La bourse AMI du MESRI est cumulable avec la bourse Erasmus+ et la bourse PMS.
    Les bourses Erasmus+ et PMS sont cumulables dans la limite de 700 euros mensuels.

Research Stays

You are a teacher, researcher, doctoral student:

  • you have an international cooperation project and are looking for funding sources.
  • You need a research grant: different grants are available to go abroad for a research stay. To find out more, click here.
  • you want to do your thesis in co-supervision / your student would like to do his thesis in co-supervision. To find out more, click here

Specific support for students with disabilities for international mobility

Students with disabilities who wish to go on an international mobility programme can benefit from a certain number of specific aids in addition to those granted to all students.

Calendar of procedures

For all the dates concerning the registration procedures or the scholarship applications, please consult the agenda.



Academic referents for International Relations :