A student whose citizenship is one of the following countries, is considered as Programme Country student
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (fYRoM), France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom.
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 with 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.