Originally when OCEANS was founded, the European Commission had designated that members had to have participated in one of several bilateral Exchange Programmes with North America and the Asia-Pacific Region, namely Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and the USA.


The reason was that they aimed at promoting better relations between their citizens, and improving understanding of cultures, languages and institutions. The programmes were designed to facilitate the acquisition of skills needed for the global knowledge-based economy. 

However, in 2016 OCEANS opened up its membership to anyone who has participated in a credit mobility programme that met the following qualification.


The person must have received university credits from their home university that was in an Erasmus+ Programme country and International Mobility Credits from a university in an Erasmus+ Partner country. 


Or vice-versa, meaning a person is eligible to be an OCEANS member if they attended university in an Erasmus+ Partner country and received International Mobility Credits from a university in an Erasmus+ Programme country.


In simple terms, if you studied at two different universities on two different continents (with one of them in a European Erasmus+ Programme country) then you qualify to join OCEANS.

So if you are eligible, then you can...


Become a part of this vibrant Network!

Our new Community platform is online and can be reached through this link or on the upper right corner of this website by clicking on "Members Login".

If you are interested in OCEANS Network and want to join us a NEW MEMBER, please fill out the application form under “Become a new member”.


OCEANS member and not registered so far? If you are already an OCEANS member and you received an individual invitation email to register, please follow the link to the registration.

Looking forward to meet you in our new Online Community.

Thank you!







Erasmus+ Programme Countries Map (click to expand)



Erasmus+ Partner Countries Map (click to expand)