Erasmus+ is the program for education, youth and sport of the European Union. The present EU programs for lifelong learning, youth, and sport, as well as the European cooperation programs in higher education, are from now on combined in Erasmus+. The program contains three major fields of actions:
Field of action 1 – Learning mobility of individuals
Field of action 2 – Cooperation aiming at the promotion of innovation and at the exchange of proven procedures
Field of action 3 – Support for political reforms
Erasmus+ is equipped with a budget amounting to 14. 8 billion EUR. More than four million people will benefit until 2020 from the EU funds. The program laid out for seven years aims at improving competences and employability and at promoting the modernization of the systems of general and professional education and of the child and youth welfare. You find information about Erasmus+ on the webpage of the European Commission.
The overall aim of the the Erasmus+ funds is to increase mobility in Europe and to a lower extent even in other parts of the world. Until 2020, about two million students are expected to profit from the Erasmus+ program, among them more than 250.000 students from Germany. The program addresses students in all phases of their studies, who would like to spend a part of their studies or an internship abroad. For the first time, students can be supported up to 12 months in the bachelors or masters degree and during their PhD program. In order to strengthen the financial incentive for a stay abroad a monthly mobility subsidy is offered for students, in particular for host countries with a higher living costs.
Finally, Erasmus+ offers low interest loans for students who wish to spend their whole masters degree in Europe.The promotion of excellence by Erasmus Mundus supporting master studies of outstanding students in selected European master programs will be pursued under Erasmus+.
Besides, Erasmus+ contributes to the internationalisation of the universities with the support of short-term lectureships and of further education stays for teaching and administrative staff. Furthermore universities can invite company staff from abroad to teaching stays at their institution. As well they can take part in multilateral strategic partnerships with other European partners (also from the non-academic area) in order to jointly develop innovative projects (e. g. , in the field of curricula-development or interdisciplinary subjects). For the cooperation with the economy Erasmus+ offers sponsorships for new science alliances. Universities wishing to engage in the capacity building in third party countries, can do this within the international university partnerships of the Erasmus+ program.
The funds for most mobility measures and strategic partnerships are being granted by the national agencies in each of the 33 program countries (28 EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Macedonia FYR, Norway, Turkey). In Germany the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) takes care of this specific task.
Under the EU-educational program Erasmus+ the following mobility measures are promoted:
- Study Abroad for Students (SMS)
- Internship Abroad for Students (SMP)
- Teacher mobility / Guest lectureships (STA)
- Staff Mobility (STT)
Each university institution wishing to take part in the EU program for general and professional education, youth, and sport in 2014-2020 must dispose of a valid Erasmus Charta for Higher education (ECHE).The ECHE was awarded by the European Commission. It proves that a university fulfils all conditions for a successful participation in the Erasmus+ program.
ERASMUS code: D KAISERS01
PIC (Participant Identification Code): 999885895
"Erasmus+ is financed with support of the European Commission. The author bears alone the responsibility for the contents of this publication; the commission does not account for the further use of the given information. "
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