EU citizens, non-EU residents and visitors to the EU need to be able to freely and safely travel within the EU. The Schengen Area has made this a concrete reality.

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Check the requisites to travel to the European Union before planning your trip

Ecuadorian citizens need a "short stay visa" for stays of up to 90 days in the states belonging to the Schengen area.

You must lodge the application for a Schengen visa at the Consulate of the country that you intend to visit, or – if you intend to visit more than one Schengen State, the Consulate of the country of your primary destination (i.e.main purpose of stay or longest stay).

If you intend to visit several Schengen States and the stays will be of equal length, you must apply at the Consulate of the country whose external borders you will cross first when entering the Schengen area.

You must submit the application at least 15 days before the intended trip and no more than three months before the scheduled start of the trip.

For the exact requirements, please review the following information:

The short-stay visa does not automatically entitle you to enter the Schengen area. At the border (or during other controls) you may have to show the visa, but also provide additional documentation, for example, information on that you have sufficient means to cover the stay and the return trip.

On October 24, 2018, the European Commission adopted the Commission Implementing Decision establishing the list of supporting documents to be submitted by applicants for short stay visas in Bolivia, Ecuador, Pakistan and South Korea:

New EU visa rules – Questions and Answers (as of February 2020) 


Embassies and Consulates

Download here the complete list of resident and concurrent Embassies for Ecuador and the General and Honorary Consulates.

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    Flags of the countries of the European Union.

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    Erasmus students inscription for the Spring Semester of the Free University of Berlin.

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Study in Europe

EU-funded scholarships for Ecuadorian nationals – The Erasmus+ Programme

Erasmus+ is the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport for the period 2020– 2027.  It offers a range of opportunities for higher education students, doctoral candidates, staff and institutions from around the world.

Study part of your degree in Europe: Erasmus+ student mobility grants.

To date, over 30 mobility agreements have been signed between Ecuadorian higher education institutions (HEIs) and those in the European Union. Together, these provide grants for selected Ecuadorian universities to send more than 100 of their students and staff to partner universities throughout Europe. If your university has one or more of these inter-institutional agreements, you will be able to apply to spend part of your degree period (3 to 12 months) at the European university. This mobility is possible at bachelor, master or doctorate level. In mid-2018, new partnerships have been selected: some of these may offer traineeships in Europe too. Contact your university's international office to see where you can go, and what you can study.

Ecuadorian students coming to Europe may receive a monthly contribution to their expenses abroad of between €800 and €900, depending on the cost of living in the host country, plus a travel contribution based on the distance from the sending to the receiving institution.

Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees

Follow an entire degree in Europe

Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees (EMJMDs) are operated by consortia of higher education institutions (HEIs) from the EU and elsewhere in the world. They provide high quality integrated courses and joint or multiple diplomas following study or research at two or more HEIs to:

  • Masters students to study in an EM Joint Master Degree.
  • Scholars and guest academics to teach or carry out research as part of an EMJMD.

Students from all over the world are eligible to apply.

Around 110 Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees will be awarding scholarships for courses starting in the academic year 2020-2023. The new call will be published from September 2021 and applications must be sent directly to the programs of interest of the candidate within the deadline stipulated by the program. Depending on the program, this period varies between November 2021 and May 2022. For more information, visit the Master's websites that interest you. You can find a list on the Erasmus Mundus website.

A new selection of fully funded Erasmus Mundus grants is carried out in the same period of each year, covering registration, transport and installation costs, living costs of €1000 per month and travel insurance. In total, the value of this grant can reach up to €25,000 per year.

Find the frequently asked questions about how to apply to Erasmus Mundus programmes. 

If you require additional information, you can contact the Association of Erasmus Mundus Ecuador:

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Research Opportunities in Europe

The Marie Curie programme

You can apply for doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships and other research grants available under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, which form part of the EU's Horizon 2020 programme for research and innovation. Find out more on the Marie Skłodowska-Curie webpages.