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EUA has different categories of membership depending on whether applicants are universities, national associations of rectors or other bodies active in higher education or research. The category of membership determines annual fees and voting rights.

All applications for membership are first reviewed by the Membership Committee and then passed on to the EUA Council (three sessions a year) that takes the final decision. Membership is granted for the whole institution or organisation.

In order to send the application form, EUA needs to know whether the institution is a member of the collective full member in their country (national rectors’ conference) and whether the institution would like to apply for individual full or associate membership. After receiving this information EUA will send the application form and more information about the application procedure.

Applicant universities need a letter of recommendation from the President of the collective full member in their country (national rectors’ conference), or, if there is no national rectors’ conference, from three EUA full members from three different countries, to be sent together with the application.

For detailed information on the application procedures, including application forms, please contact Sue Pavis.

EUA-CDE membership

Please note that the application process for becoming member of the EUA Council for Doctoral Education follows a different path. Please visit the EUA-CDE website for more information.

EUA is an association of European universities. The geographical definition of Europe used is that of the signatory countries of the European Cultural Convention of the Council of Europe. EUA therefore considers applications from all universities situated within this geographical area.

The 15th EUA General Assembly held on 25 October 2013 in Vilnius has adopted new statutes for the Association (find the document here in English and here in French). These statutes set out new membership criteria and redefine the existing membership categories. Articles 6 and 7 of the new statutes describe the membership categories.

There are four different types of EUA membership and the possibility of ‘affiliate’ status:

Individual Full Members

Universities shall be eligible for individual full membership. In these statutes a university is understood to be a sustainable higher education institution that conducts research and provides degree programmes at two of the three Bologna cycles (BA, MA, doctorate). An institution is deemed to:

• be sustainable if it is in receipt of direct public funding or if it has been in operation uninterruptedly for five years;

• conduct research:

  •  if it possesses and exercises power to award doctoral degrees in its own right or participates actively in doctoral programmes on the basis of an inter-institutional formal agreement with a doctoral degree-granting EUA member which has power to award doctoral degrees in its own right
  • or if it participates actively in European research programmes or peer-reviewed national research programmes; 

• provide degree programmes if its operations meet the requirements of national quality assurance policy within the framework of the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance.

Applicant universities need a letter of recommendation from the President of the National Rectors' Conference, or, if there is no National Rectors’ Conference, from three EUA full members from three different countries, to be sent together with their application.

Collective Full Members

A National Rectors' Conference representing the universities of a country shall be eligible to apply for Collective Full Membership. 

There shall be no more than one collective full member for each country*.

Individual Associate Members

are higher education institutions that award degrees at the first and second cycle level, but do not meet the research criteria set out above for full individual members. Applicant institutions must be members of the collective full member in their country (National Rectors' Conference) or be supported by the collective full member and a letter of recommendation signed by the President needs to be sent together with the application.

Associate individual members have the same access as individual full members to all membership services and conferences; however, associate members do not have the right to vote in EUA's General Assembly or to hold elective office. The membership fee is calculated on the same basis as for full members.

Collective Associate Members

European networks of universities or other higher education institutions that demonstrate a sufficiently broad European representation, as defined by the Council in its Rules of Procedure, and are relevant for EUA in meeting its aims as defined in Article 3 shall be eligible to apply for collective associate membership. National associations of other higher education institutions if recommended by the full collective member of that country, shall also be eligible to apply for collective associate membership.


Are European or other organisations with an interest in European co-operation in higher education. Decision on affiliate status is taken on a case by case basis and the membership fee is €1037. This is an opportunity for organisations committed to the same goals as EUA to become involved in EUA's work and to benefit from EUA's membership services, information, conferences and projects.

In 2011, the General Assembly agreed to introduce a fee structure for individual members as of 2012 that reflects a more equitable and fair contribution from members in different countries, by basing subscriptions to a greater degree than before on GNP per capita income by country and on the size of institutions (based on student numbers). Until then there had been three categories for student numbers and very little differentiation between richer and poorer countries.

In 2011, the General Assembly decided to:

  • introduce an additional category of student numbers for universities with 50,000 students or more (weighting of 1.15);
  • maintain the baseline fee per year of €2,316 (before adjustments for student numbers) for 2012;
  • apply this baseline fee to all countries with a GNP per capita of less than $10,000;
  • update these categories every three years;
  • establish the following five categories in terms of GNP/capita:

1. GNP/capita less than $10,000: no increase to the fee (weighting of 1)
2. GNP/capita between $10,000 and $19,999: weighting of 1.25
3. GNP/capita between $20,000 and $29,999: weighting of 1.50
4. GNP/capita between $30,000 and $39,999: weighting of 1.75
5. GNP/capita $40,000 and over: weighting of 2.00

Basic fee
including inflation
(2018 = 1,5%)
Size of institution
(number of students)
Less than 7,500 students
(coefficient 1)
7,500-24,999 students
(coefficient 1.05)
25,000-49,999 students
(coefficient 1.10)
More than 50,000 students
(coefficient 1.15)
GNP per capita based on
2013/2014 World Bank figure
1 1.05 1.1 1.15
Less than $10,000
(coefficient 1)
1 2,552 2,680 2,807 2,935
$10,000 - $19,999
(coefficient 1.25)
1.25 3,190 3,350 3,509 3,669
"$20,000 - $29,999
(coefficient 1.50)"
1.5 3,828 4,019 4,211 4,402
"$30,000 - $39,999
(coefficient 1.75)"
1.75 4,466 4,689 4,913 5,136
"$40,000 and over
(coefficient 2.0)"
2 5,104 5,359 5,614 5,870

In 2016 the different fee-determining categories have been reviewed:

The five categories for GNP per capita and the categorisation of the countries in which EUA member institutions are located are given below. Increases and decreases in GNP per capita have led to a re-categorisation of the following countries: Latvia and Poland have moved up a category, while Belarus, Cyprus and Hungary have moved down a category:

  • GNP less than $10.000: 1 – This category includes 14% of EUA members, i.e. all European countries other than those mentioned below  
  • GNP $10.000 - >$20.000: 1. 25 – Slovenia, Portugal, Poland, Czech Republic, Malta, Slovakia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Cyprus. This category includes another 18% of members, meaning that 32% of members are in the lowest 2 categories  
  • GNP $20.000 - >$30.000: 1.50 – UK, Italy, Spain 
  • GNP $30.000 - >$40.000: 1.75 – Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Netherlands, Austria, Finland, Belgium, France
  • GNP $40.000+: 2.00 – Luxembourg, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland

Fees for Affiliates

The fee for Affiliates for the year 2018 is €1069.

By becoming an EUA member, your institution or association will:

  • Receive regular updates on European Higher Education and Research policy developments
  • Be invited to the EUA Annual Conferences and a wide range of thematic events with renowned European and international speakers
  • Be invited to participate in projects and studies
  • Be able to participate in workshops and seminars as well as all kinds of networking events
  • Have multiple opportunities to exchange with peers and leading experts on the latest trends and best practices in a range of different fields
  • Receive regular publications, reports and analyses of key higher education and research trends
  • Become eligible for membership of the EUA Council for Doctoral Education
  • Be able to register – at a reduced fee – for an evaluation by the Institutional Evaluation Programme
  • Get expertise and consultation from our new service EUA solutions 

Services are mostly tailored to the top management level of universities (rectors and vice-rectors) or associations (president and secretary general), with some activities more targeted at specific operational levels (Quality Assurance, technology transfer, international officers, communication or research management professionals...).

Publicationselectronic newsletters and other information can be distributed to anyone interested.

EUA activities are characterised by a focus on peer-to-peer learning and the promotion of innovative practice. With 850 member institutions in 47 countries, EUA is best placed to bring together institutional leaders and other higher education and research professionals to offer a truly unique European perspective. 

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For any membership fees related queries please contact our Geneva office at

For detailed information on the application procedures, including application forms, please contact Sue Pavis.

European University Association (EUA)

Brussels office:
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