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General information

The European Parliament approved the Erasmus + program for the period 2014-2020, which entered into force on 1 January 2014. The new Erasmus + program is part of the Europe 2020 strategy, the Education and Training 2020 strategy and the "Rethink Education" strategy. and encompasses all education, training, youth and sports initiatives. In education it covers all levels: school, vocational training, higher education and adult education. Erasmus + will integrate existing programs into the lifelong learning program as well as international higher education programs: Mundus, Tempus, ALFA, Edulink and bilateral programs, in addition to the Youth in Action program.

This new program focuses on formal and informal learning beyond the EU's borders, with a clear vocation for internationalization that opens up to third countries with the aim of improving people's educational and training capacities for student employability. and workers. The Erasmus program was a European standard of education and training that allowed more than 180,000 students a year to study and / or work abroad, allowing also the implementation of cooperation projects between European institutions of higher education. It was aimed not only at students, but also at teachers who wanted to teach and receive training in the countries of the European Higher Education Area and non-teaching staff who wanted to receive training.

The program was named after the humanist and theologian Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam (1465-1536) who traveled to work and study in leading schools of his time, including Paris, Leuven and Cambridge. Like the character, the Erasmus program places great importance on mobility and broadening career prospects through learning. Abandoned his destiny at the University of Basel, he was a pioneer of mobility scholarships that bear his name today. Studies have shown that a period abroad not only enriches students' lives in the academic field, but also acquires intercultural skills and self-reliance. The exchanges of teaching and non-teaching staff produce the same benefits for both the participants and the institutions involved.

In addition to mobility actions, the Erasmus Program has enabled cooperative work between higher education institutions through intensive programs, networks and multilateral projects. Few programs launched by the European Union have received a similar reception. About 90% of European universities participate in Erasmus and over 2 million students have participated in the program since its inception in 1987.


  • Erasmus became a vehicle for the modernization of higher education in Europe and inspired the Bologna process.

  • The overall aim of the program is to create an area of ​​higher education and promote innovation across Europe.

  • Erasmus has been part of the European Lifelong Learning Program since 2007 and has covered new areas such as internships (transferred from the Leonardo da Vinci program), staff training and teaching for company staff. The program seeks to further expand its mobility efforts in the coming years, to 3 million Erasmus students in 2012.


  • For students

    • Study Abroad

    • Conduct internships abroad

    • Linguistic preparation

  • For staff at universities / higher education institutions:

    • Teaching abroad

    • Receive education abroad

  • For universities / higher education institutions:

    • Intensive programs

    • Academic and structural networks

    • Multilateral projects

  • For companies

    • Welcoming trainees

    • Teaching abroad

    • Participate in university projects







Higher education institutions wishing to participate in Erasmus actions must have an Erasmus University Charter. The aim of the Charter is to guarantee a high level of quality in mobility and cooperation, setting the fundamental principles for all the Erasmus actions that the participants wish to carry out. The European Commission is responsible for the implementation of the Erasmus program everywhere and its Directorate General for Education and Culture coordinates its different actions. Individual mobilities, also called "decentralized actions" are organized through national agencies in the 31 participating countries. Centralized agencies such as networks, multilateral projects and "Erasmus University Charter" awards are led by the Brussels-based education, audiovisual and culture executive agency.

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