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Overview of the ERASMUS+ program

Erasmus+ is the European Union's program for education, youth and sport. Erasmus+ brings together the previous EU programs for lifelong learning, youth and sport as well as the European cooperation programs in the field of higher education. The program contains three key actions:

Key action 1 - Learning mobility of individuals

Key action 2 - Cooperation to promote innovation and exchange good practice

Key action 3 - Support for political reforms

Erasmus+ has a budget of around 14.8 billion euros. More than four million people will benefit from the EU funds by 2020. The seven-year program is designed to improve skills and employability and to advance the modernization of education and training systems and child and youth welfare. Information on Erasmus+ can be found on the website of the European Commission.

The funds will be used primarily to strengthen mobility in Europe and, to a lesser extent, with other parts of the world. By 2020, around two million students are expected to benefit from Erasmus+, including over a quarter of a million from Germany. This includes students in all study cycles up to and including doctorate who wish to complete a partial study or internship abroad. For the first time, students can be sponsored for up to 12 months each in the Bachelor's, Master's and Doctorate programs. In order to increase the financial incentive for a stay abroad, the monthly mobility allowance for students will also be increased, especially for host countries with higher living costs. In future, internships abroad will also be possible after graduation. Finally, Erasmus+ offers students who wish to complete an entire master's degree program in Europe the opportunity to take out a low-interest loan for this purpose. The previous Erasmus Mundus funding for excellence, which supports the entire master's program of outstanding students in selected European master's programs with joint degrees, will be continued under Erasmus+.

Erasmus+ also contributes to the further internationalization of universities by supporting short-term lectureships and further training for teaching and administrative staff. In addition, the universities can invite company staff from abroad to teach and can now also participate in multilateral strategic partnerships with other European partners (including non-academic partners) and jointly develop innovative projects (e.g. in the field of curriculum development or on cross-educational topics). For cooperation with the business community, Erasmus+ offers funding in the new knowledge alliances. Universities wishing to engage in capacity building in third countries can do so in the programme's international university partnerships.

The funding for most of the mobility measures and the Strategic Partnerships are awarded by the National Agencies in the 33 program countries (28 EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, FYR Macedonia, Norway, Turkey). In Germany, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) continues to perform this task.

Under the umbrella of the EU education program Erasmus+ the following mobility measures are supported:

  • Study abroad for students (SMS)
  • Internship abroad for students (SMP)
  • Teaching staff mobility (STA)
  • Mobility of personnel (STT)

Any higher education institution wishing to participate in and/or apply for the EU Programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport 2014-2020 (hereinafter referred to as "the Programme") must hold a valid Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE).

The ECHE was awarded by the European Commission. It proves that a higher education institution meets all the requirements for successful participation in the Erasmus+ program.

According to the requirements of the European Commission, both the ECHE and the European Policy Statement (EPS) must be published on the university's website. You can find more information on your university's website.

This project was funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

For further information and advice on the Erasmus+ Mobility measures, please contact:

German Academic Exchange Service

National Agency for EU-University Cooperation

Kennedyallee 50

53115 Bonn

Phone: +49(0)228/882-8877

Fax: +49(0)228/882-555




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