Frequently Asked Questions


  • What is the Mediterranean Office for Youth (MOY) and what are the MOY objectives ?

The MOY is a non profit organisation of international scope responsible for promoting the Mediterranean mobility of young nationals from participating states. To perform the tasks it has been assigned by participating states, the MOY receives voluntary financial contributions from participating states, international organisations, individuals, and corporations.

The MOY was established in recognition of the fact that circular migration for educational purposes was a decisive factor in the development of wealth, intercultural exchange, and mutual understanding in the Mediterranean region.

The organisation’s purpose is to help to build a common future for the people of the Mediterranean, particularly young people, within a space dedicated to the circulation of ideas, knowledge, and skills.

In its first three years (2011–14), considered a period of experimentation, MOY will pursue two missions:

  • Establish of the pilot programme for mobility of students and young professionals
  • Establish of the Resource Centre on Mediterranean Mobility

  • Who are the participating countries ?

The states that participate in the MOY are (in alphabetical order): Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, Montenegro, Morocco, Slovenia, Spain, Tunisia, and Turkey.

  • What is the pilot program for mobility of students and young professionals ?
The MOY pilot programme for mobility of students and young professionals is designed to promote academic programmes of excellence in the frame of managed mobility in the Mediterranean region, including:
  • Master & PhD programmes in areas relevant to the region’s development
  • Initial work experience
  • Deployment of newly acquired skills to benefit students’ countries of origin.
The programme aims to encourage the participation of higher education insitutions and students' mobility in all directions (North-South; South-North; South-South; North-North) and to reinforce the networks for student mobility that already exist in the northern Mediterranean region.
  • What are the objectives of the Resource Centre on Mediterranean Mobility ?
The Resource Centre on Mediterranean Mobility will pursue the following objectives:
  • Provide information about mobility programmes in the Mediterranean area.
  • Deliver the MOY label to students from participating countries who are engaged in mobility programmes. The label will enable these students to benefit from support measures adopted by participating countries to facilitate students’ entry into and stay in the host country.

  • Who are MOY national operators?

The national operators are points of contact and information designated by the authorities in each participating country. They are responsible for providing information about the MOY, advising prospective applicants, evaluating applications against eligibility criteria, and to help the MOY for the implementation of the project at the national level. The national operators nominate individuals to participate in the MOY college of experts.
The list of all MOY national operators is available here.

  • Where can one get information on MOY projects ?

Information on MOY projects is available :

  • on MOY website
  • through the national operators located in the 16 participating countries. The full list of MOY national operators is available on the MOY website.

  • Which programmes are eligible for MOY labellisation ?
To be eligible for the MOY label, a programme must meet the following criteria.
  • The programme must be a Master- or PhD-level programme (see question 6) and must be the subject of an agreement among the partner institutions on the granting of the degree, as specified in the table below:







Master-level degree programme organised by at least two institutions of higher education in at least two MOY participating countries, with said programme leading to the granting of a:
- Joint diploma (a single credential awarded by at least two of the participating institutions)
- Double diploma (two separate national credentials awarded by two participating institutions)
- Multiple diplomas (three or more national credentials awarded by three or more participating institutions)


Joint doctoral programme leading to the granting of a PhD based on joint supervision of the dissertation by at least two institutions of higher education in at least two participating countries.

Priority will be given to proposals leading to the award of joint diplomas.

  • The programme must offer degrees that are recognised at the national level by the competent national authorities.
  • The programme must be in one of the MOY’s priority fields.
  • The programme must incorporate mobility plans that enable students to spend part of the programme in at least two institutions in two different countries of the partnership and that contribute to making the student more employable. The mobility plan must cover at least one semester (five months) over the course of the programme. It must be a material part of the programme and include volume of academic work (study, internship-related work, and research) that corresponds to an academic semester. The MOY will fund up to two semesters of mobility, which need not be consecutive.
  • The mobility periods must count toward the fulfilment of degree requirements. The academic credit awarded for these periods must be explained with reference to the credit system (ECTS or other) used in the program.

  • When is possible to propose programmes for labellisation by MOY ?
Student applications for MOY grants will be open each year from April. Grant recipients will be chosen before the end of June.

A call for applications for MOY grants will be circulated each year to the directors of MOY-labelled programmes, which are listed on the MOY website.

Interested students and PhD candidates should contact labelled institutions to obtain details of the application process.
  • Which are the academic disciplines identified as priorities by MOY’s member states ?

The Master and PhD programmes proposed by the candidate institutions must fall within at least one of the following academic areas identified as priorities by the MOY’s participating states. The disciplines are not ranked in order of priority.

Generic courses

University courses

Technical sciences applied toexact sciences and Engineering

Agriculture, agrifood industry, fisheries science

Environment and earth sciences (sustainable development, renewable energy, water resource management, waste treatment, marine industries, etc.)

Computer science, mathematics, telecommunications, electricity, electronics

Civil engineering, urban planning, building and public works

Transportation (aeronautics, mechanics, logistics…)

Technical sciences applied to
social sciences


Cultural management

Management, finance and business

Economics and political science

Tourism, hotel business and catering


Education (the study of education)

Health sciences

Medicine, biology, biotechnologies

MOY will give priority to applications for activities that fall within the following priority areas of the Union for the Mediterranean :

De-pollution of the Mediterranean Sea

The establishment of maritime and land highways

Development solar energy

Civil protection

Development small and medium-sized enterprises

  • Who can apply for a MOY grant ?

Students enrolled in or admitted to a Master-level or PhD MOY-labelled programme are eligible to apply for an MOY grant, subject to the following conditions:
  • Nationality. Applicants must be nationals of an MOY participating country.
  • Mobility. Applicants must agree to spend at least one academic semester in at least one other institution of higher education in a partner country other than that of the applicant’s home institution.
  • Incompatibility of grant with others. MOY mobility grants may not be combined with other mobility assistance. However, applicants benefitting from need-based or merit grants may apply for an MOY mobility grant. In such cases, the monthly amount of the MOY grant will be reduced by the amount of the need-based or merit grant, except where payment of the latter is suspended for the duration of the mobility period covered by the MOY grant.