Erasmus+ Blended Intensive Programmes (BIP)
What is a BIP?
A BIP is an innovative intensive course with a virtual and a physical component that should:
- be interconnected contentwise.
- be cross-national.
- preferably be interdisciplinary.
- focus on interaction/ collaborative learning (active participation across national borders and preferably disciplines).
- meet Erasmus+ priorities such as sustainability and inclusion.
A BIP is particularly meant as a possibility within subject fields/study programmes where long-term physical student mobility are difficult to organise either because of restrictive features of the study programme or because of the student’s life situation.
What are the requirements of a BIP?
Scope and duration:
- The two components (i.e., the minimum requirement of the physical component) must constitute at least 3 ECTS credits.
- The physical component must include a minimum of 15 incoming learners. The recommended maximum is 60 learners.
- The physical component must have a duration of 5–30 days of academic content and can only be provided in one location at a time (any days of travel come in addition).
- No separate requirements have been set for the scope or duration of the virtual component, over and above the requirement for academic coherence with the physical component.
- A BIP can be offered several times per academic year, but the coordinating institution will only be allocated organisational support (OS) grants once per academic year.
- A BIP is usually for students but may also be organised for the purpose of developing the skills of staff.
- At least three higher education institutions from three different Erasmus+ countries (EU, EFTA, Turkey, North-Macedonia and Serbia).
- Erasmus+ exchange agreements MUST have been entered into with all the educational institutions in a BIP.
- Institutions from other Erasmus+ countries may send their students or staff to participate in a BIP, but they are not part of the BIP project group.
- Your or your academic group can be the coordinator for the project or a partner. The coordinating institution is usually also the host institution, but that is not an absolute requirement.
What grants are available?
Erasmus+ activities are never fully financed. OsloMet as a partner, must therefore expect to contribute funds. This should be cleared with your leader before entering into a BIP. The Erasmus+ funding comes from OsloMet’s joint Erasmus+ grants pool, coordinated by the Erasmus+ team in the Department of Academic Affairs.
- Coordinators are allocated organisational support (OS) grants for the purpose of designing and implementing a BIP. You will receive a grant of EUR 400 per incoming learner. The grants will be for a minimum of 15 and maximum 20 learners, which means you can be allocated a minimum of EUR 6,000 and a maximum of EUR 8,000.
- If you are a coordinator but NOT organising the physical component of the BIP, it is natural to share these funds with the host institution. The host institution must expect to incur some additional costs relating to the organisation and implementation of the physical BIP component.
- If you are a partner, OsloMet must use ordinary Erasmus+ grants to finance the physical component for its learners. This amounts to EUR 70 per learner per day for up to 14 days, and EUR 50 per learner per day for 15–30 days.
How to apply
- Apply via the website "nettskjema.no".
- Once you have submitted the form, we will contact you for further details.
- You can apply even if you are not sure about setting up a BIP.
- It is a good idea to apply well in advance.
For more information, please contact the Erasmus+ team at the Department of Academic Affairs.