Groups with fewer opportunities

International University of Sarajevo (IUS) strives to provide inclusive international mobility opportunities for all students. 

Following European Commission Erasmus+ guidelines, IUS must make every effort to encourage students to apply for the Erasmus+ exchange who identify with one of the groups with fewer opportunities as defined by the European Commission.

Those students who meet the minimum grade point average requirement, English proficiency requirement, and who identify with one of the groups with fewer opportunities described should be given priority in the selection process by IUS and by the partner institution where you are planning to have a mobility. Additional financial support of a top-up grant (EUR 250,00 per month) may be available to the students selected for the mobility.[1]

The EU Commission defines fewer opportunities as:

  • Economic disadvantages

Economic disadvantages like a low standard of living, low income, learners who need to work to support themselves, dependence on the social welfare system, in long-term unemployment, precarious situations or poverty, being homeless, in debt or with financial problems, etc., may represent a barrier. 


  • Social issues/prejudice

Social adjustment difficulties such as limited social competences, anti-social or high-risk behaviours, (former) offenders, (former) drug or alcohol abusers, or social marginalization, family circumstances (for instance, being the first in the family to access higher education) or being a parent (especially a single parent), a caregiver, a breadwinner or an orphan, or having lived or currently living in institutional care.


  • Cultural issues/prejudice

People belonging to a national or ethnic minority, sign language users, people with linguistic adaptation and cultural inclusion difficulties, etc. 


  • Geographical barriers

Living in remote or rural areas, on small islands or in peripheral/outermost regions, in urban suburbs, in less serviced areas (limited public transport, poor facilities) or less developed areas in third countries, etc., may constitute a barrier.


  • Migrant background

People who experience prejudice or difficulties due to their emigrant or refugee background – especially newly-arrived migrants.


  • Health difficulties

Barriers may result from health issues including severe illnesses, chronic diseases, or any other physical or mental health-related situation.


  • Disability

This includes physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments which, in interaction with various barriers, may hinder someone’s full and effective participation in society on the same footing as others.


  • Educational difficulties

People such as early leavers from education and training, low-skilled adults or when the structure of curricula makes it difficult for the person to undertake a learning or training mobility abroad as part of their studies.


  • Any other reason, including a reason that could give rise to discrimination 

Barriers like these can occur as a result of discriminations linked to gender (gender identity, gender expression, etc.), age, ethnicity, religion, beliefs, sexual orientation, disability, or intersectional factors (a combination of one or several of the mentioned discrimination barriers).

[1] Subject to funding availability under the Erasmus+ project contract on the basis of which the student completes the mobility.