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Pilot 3

Student Mobility - To help people
who want to study in different
Member States


The pilot will facilitate students’ mobility across Europe. It will enable foreign students to get access to on line administrative services offered by universities using their own national electronic credentials (identity cards, digital certificates,...) for authentication and transfer of identity attributes.

The proposed solution requires a set of eID functionalities to enable access, via the underlying STORK infrastructure, to a range of online services provided by the universities involved. These will be developed at Member State level.

Any foreign student with an electronic identity valid within the STORK pilot should be able to be identified and be granted access to academic services through a federated system of identities.

Student Mobility

The aim of this pilot is to facilitate higher education students’ mobility across Europe.

Through this pilot, foreign students will be able to obtain access to on line administrative or academic services offered by the universities involved in STORK using their national electronic credentials of origin for authentication and transfer of identity attributes.

There is a wide range of services that can be offered (and thus be tested) by the academic institutions participating in this pilot: on-line enrolment, virtual library facilities, transcript of records, access to computing infrastructures and networks or access to on-line courses and tutorials.

Every service provider will offer a set of services to foreign students depending on its own capabilities, but all of them will provide a common application oriented to facilitate the enrolment of Erasmus students.

Use Cases

The Student Mobility pilot focuses on two interoperability use-cases:

Use Case 1: Foreign students with valid STORK credentials will be allowed to register as Erasmus students in the universities involved in the pilot.

Use-Case 2: Foreign students with valid STORK credentials will be granted access, through single-sign-on mechanisms, to different academic services offered by the universities taking part in the pilot.

Goals of the Pilot

The main goal of the Student Mobility pilot is to demonstrate that the STORK infrastructure can be used for developing cross-border electronic services in the academic environment.

In addition, the electronic services offered by the universities participating in the pilot will benefit from the guarantees offered by the authentication mechanisms of STORK and from the direct exchange of identity attributes.

Besides this, the deployment of the pilot will help to further evaluate the viability of extending the application to provide, for example, interoperability between administrative offices from different universities.

Further information:
STORK Website
e-mail: [email protected]

At a Glance


STORK is a co-funded European Commission Large Scale Pilot under the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme, the duration is from June 2008 to May 2011. Its aim is to establish a European eID Interoperability Platform that will enable citizens, government employees and eventually businesses to use their national electronic identities in any Member State for public eGovernment services. The project is implemented by a consortium of 32 partners, including 18 EU Member and Associated States, companies and organizations from the private, academic and civil society sectors.

STORK Project Total Cost: €20M (with 50% of EU funding)

Student Mobility Pilot:
Foreign students will be granted access to on line administrative or academic services offered by universities using their national eID of origin for authentication and transfer of identity attributes.

Pilot coordinator
Universitat Jaume I on behalf of Conferencia de Rectores de las Universidades Españolas

Member State Partners:
Austria, Estonia, Italy, Portugal, Spain

Programme: ICT Policy Support Programme under the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP)


The Student Mobility pilot involves participants from five different MS.

From Spain, the Ministry of Presidency will provide the infrastructure for the common interoperability layer, becoming in fact the national identity provider for universities. Spanish CRUE (Boarding Committee of Spanish Universities, represented by Universitat Jaume I) will have, through its member universities, responsibility over the development of the client part and the development of services.

The Austrian participation consists of Technische Universität Graz that will extend its campus information management system with eID interoperability facilities based on STORK.

Politecnico di Torino, from Italy, will integrate its current authentication features for interoperability with eID.

Instituto Superior Tecnico (Universidade Técnica de Lisboa), from Portugal, will integrate its current eID management system and single sign-on infrastructure with European eID systems and will extend its electronic services to support student mobility.

AS Sertifitseerimiskeskus is Estonia's primary certification authority providing certificates for authentication and digital signing to Estonian Identity Cards and will participate in the pilot coordinating efforts with some Estonian universities. Not being a university, it will implement only Use Case 1.

User Group

The user groups are composed of Erasmus students with a valid eID provided by Member States or universities participating in the STORK project.

Additionally, citizens (not only students enrolled in a university) with a valid “STORK identity” could also be granted access to eServices provided by the universities in some cases (registering for specific course, for instance).


The pilot will facilitate the mobility of students among academic institutions from different countries with full administrative guarantees and will serve as a preliminary benchmark to analyze future data exchange among universities belonging to different countries within the European Credit Transfer System.

Results from this pilot could be extended to aspects of public administration beyond the academic environment, becoming a valuable tool for benchmarking cross-border citizen oriented electronic services.

It could also be used as a guideline for educational institutions not involved in the pilot but interested in developing similar services.