PRIME, Problems of Recognition In Making Erasmus is a research project. It is supported by the European Commission under an Erasmus Accompanying Measures grant within the Lifelong Learning Programme.

  • A complex qualitative and quantitative study 
  • Aims at pointing out the examples of existing obstacles to student mobility
  • Provide suggestions for improvements
  • Facilitate student exchange in Europe

PRIME project was launched in 2009 and was conducted again in 2010.

PRIME 2009 research identified five main obstacles for full recognition:

  • Individual problems of students (such as unfinished courses or unsatisfactory grades);
  • Incompatibility of study programmes;
  • Problems with calculation of course credits,
  • Organisational issues and problems to recognize certain courses - especially language courses or mandatory courses at home institution.

PRIME 2010 reasearch brought out these key findings:

  • 41% of students receive information about the grade transfer before the exchange,
  • 50% of the Erasmus students receive the information about the exchange student recognition rights before the exchange and over 25% claim not to receive the information at all,
  • The Erasmus Charter is distributed in only 57.2% of the institutions,
  • Only 73% of the Erasmus students manage to complete the process of “collecting signatures” before the departure,
  • 73% of the students claim to change the Learning Agreement after signing it,
  • 96% of the institutions surveyed are using the ECTS,
  • 59% of the HEIs use them as the only credit system, whereas 37% use them together with national credit system,
  • 43% of the HEIs calculate the ECTS credits according to the student’s workload,
  • Over 96% of the students surveyed received the Erasmus grant,
  • 38% of the students received additional financial support from other sources: regional or national institutions, home and host institutions and private foundations,
  • 73% of the students receive the full recognition of the credits successfully gained abroad and previously included in the Learning Agreement,
  • 24% of the students receive only partial recognition for certain courses,
  • 3% do not get any of their credits recognised,
  • 21.6% of the students had to repeat at least some (or in 3.6% all) of their courses and/or exams upon return, regardless of receiving or not full recognition of their studies abroad.

PRIME target audience

Results of the PRIME study will be broadly disseminated throughout the European countries students and all relevant stakeholders. 

If you decide to become our partner, you will gain access to this varied audience: 

  • Students
  • Higher Education Institutions 
  • National Agencies
  • European Commission
  • Bologna experts, Erasmus coordinators, members of EP, country MPs and many more

Other PRIME Publications

More information about PRIME you can find here.