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Erasmus+ Israel Update: Guidelines for HEIs


We would like to clarify that in the context of the outbreak of the Coronavirus the Erasmus Office Israel is  monitoring the situation and collecting information in order to provide you with all available information. 

Regarding  ICM implementation, due to the current situation many  participants are unable to return from their host location and some others wish to stay and continue study online courses, if applicable. To respond to these uncertainties, the European Commission is applying the maximum flexibility and allows the NAs to cover costs also if changes occur. For individual behavior of course, we encourage all  to follow the local guidelines and recommendation. For now, the National Agencies can define the rules for recovery of the grant after early termination of the mobility.

 

The NAs can apply the force majeure clause and can therefore refund certain costs, even if the mobility was terminated early, or even did not take place at all (concerning staff costs, when travel arrangements were made prior to the crisis). Depending on the recovery rules set by the NA, the student might have to return (part of) the grant. However the implementation is different from institution to institution and needs to be confirmed case by case. Therefore, we advise you to maintain regular contact with your partner institution and/or the National Agencies of each county.

 

Also for Capacity Building Projects, for relevant expenses, in principle the force majeure clause will be considered. Since EACEA still has not decided how these costs will be reported, we ask you to currently put these expenses "on hold" in your financial management until further guidelines are published.
Most likely, what we will see is that for travel costs, purchased prior to the crisis, the force majeure clause will apply and the unit costs will be covered by the grant.

 

Please note, this is currently still a draft policy and the final confirmation will be given on a case by case basis by your project officer. In contrary, for travel changes following personal concerns and not based on official national guidelines, most likely co-financing from your institution will be required. 
For changes in your project activities, we encourage you to be creative in your approach and try to find the best solutions either in implementing some activities online/ virtual, or postponing some of the events. If relevant for your project, you are invited to contact your project officer and consult if an extension can be granted in order to implement also postponed activities (Please note, that for each project only one extension can be granted).

 

Click here to read ESU's Q&A webinar discussing COVID-19 implications on Erasmus+ students


Please see the following official notes:

How can international offices respond to this crisis?
The WILLIAM project has launched a Covid19 Resource and Consultation Initiative for the benefit of international offices around the world, as they work to provide psychological support to international students during the pandemic. This is a joint partnership between WILLIAM and the Community Stress Prevention Center in Israel.  Please see the link directly to the Covid19 initiative here.

The WILLIAM team will continue to update the site with relevant material and resources over the coming weeks. In addition, they have included a FAQ section for international offices to ask questions and get help from a team of psychologists, therapists, and international offices within 6 hours. Inquiries should be sent to william@colman.ac.il


EAIE provides useful information for HEIs in light of COVID-19:

How higher education institutions can respond to COVID-19
Supporting students affected by Coronavirus
• Crafting better crisis management strategies
Report: Coping with COVID-19: International higher education in Europe