- A student whose citizenship is in one of the following countries is considered a Partner Country student:
Albania, (Republic of) Korea, Afghanistan, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Congo – Democratic Republic of the, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, DPR Korea, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Macao, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia- Federated States of, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Niue, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Republic of Côte d´Ivoire, Rwanda, Saint Kitts And Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent And The Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Territory of Russia as recognised by international law, Territory of Ukraine as recognised by international law, Thailand, Timor Leste-Democratic Republic of , Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vatican City State, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
- A student whose citizenship is one of the following countries is considered a Programme Country student:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland*, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein*, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway*, Poland, Portugal, Republic of North Macedonia*, Romania, Serbia*, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey*, United Kingdom**.
* Non-EU Programme Countries
** For British applicants: British applicants will be considered programme country students.
IMPORTANT: The 12-months rule
If Partner Country students have resided or carried out their main activity (studies, training, or work) for more than a total period of 12 months over the last five years in any Programme Country, they are considered as Programme Country students. The five-year reference period for this 12-months rule is calculated backwards as from the submission deadline for applying.
Students with a double nationality (Partner and Programme Country) must specify the nationality under which they submit their application unless they accomplish the 12-months rule, which takes precedence over having dual nationality.
The 12-months rule should not apply to the Partner Country candidates who for various reasons and under various circumstances have sought refuge and received refugee status in a Programme Country.