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Erasmus+ is the EU programme for collaboration within higher education that started in 2014. The current programme period, from 2021–2027, focuses on inclusion, sustainability and digitalisation.

The programme provides opportunities for international exchanges, strategic cooperation projects and support for policy change.

The sub-programmes within Erasmus+ include:

Partnerships for Cooperation

Within the 'Partnerships for Cooperation' sub-programme, universities can apply for projects with other higher education institutions or with businesses, other organisations or government agencies.

Examples of project activities include:

  • networking events
  • meetings
  • practice exchange and results development sessions
  • conference organisation and 
  • project management. 

Applications should involve at least three partners from three different programme countries.

Partnerships for Cooperation – European Commission website

Alliances for Innovation

The sub-programme 'Alliances for Innovation' is about collaboration between universities and companies.

Examples of project activities include: 

  • the development of new learning methods
  • the development of programmes, courses and activities in collaboration with business, and
  • introducing a stronger entrepreneurship focus into programmes.

Within this sub-programme, there are two different project types: 

  • Alliances for Education and Enterprises – at least 4 programme countries and 8 partners
  • Alliances for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills (implementing the 'Blueprint') – at least 8 programme countries and 12 partners

Alliances for Innovation – European Commission website

Forward-looking Projects

This programme is about driving the renewal of education systems through large-scale projects involving actors from several sectors.

The projects aim to identify, develop, test and/or assess innovative approaches, methods and policies for implementation and dissemination. The projects are expected to contribute to Europe's digital and green transformation. Examples of project activities include:

  • pilot studies 
  • analyses
  • surveys
  • capacity building and 
  • dissemination of results.

Capacity building projects

Capacity building projects provide funding for joint projects to develop:

  • new courses
  • curricula
  • education centres
  • higher education administration or
  • national education reforms.

They also aim to contribute to the modernisation of higher education and to democratic development in the partner countries.

Higher education institutions, individually or in collaboration, can apply for funding for partnerships with Erasmus+ partner countries worldwide.

Capacity building in the field of higher education – European Commission website

Teacher Academies

The programme supports cooperation between teacher training institutions. The aim is to improve the quality of initial teacher education and to support teachers in their early years and through continuous professional development throughout their careers.

Applications are submitted jointly by at least three partners from three different programme countries.

Teacher academies – European Commission website

Joint Master's programmes

The new Erasmus Mundus programme for joint master's programmes consists of two parts:

  • Erasmus Mundus Design Measures (EMDM), which aims to support higher education institutions that plan to develop a new joint master's programme.
  • Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters (EMJM), which is a continuation of the previous Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD).

Joint Master's programmes – European Commission website

Joint Master's programmes at Lund University

European mobility

The exchange mobility within Erasmus+ is based on bilateral agreements between higher education institutions. These agreements lay the foundation for exchanges for students and teaching staff, who can receive grants when they go on an exchange. The programme now also includes short doctoral and blended mobility.

There are also grants for students who do work placements and for administrative staff.

The funding is primarily for cooperation between European universities.

The aims of the programme are:

  • increased international mobility among students and teaching staff
  • greater openness and
  • recognition of academic study and qualifications.

International Credit Mobility (ICM)

The International Credit Mobility (ICM) programme aims to improve the quality of education through student and staff exchanges. 

The University can apply for funding from the programme to be able to send and receive students and staff from selected partner universities outside the EU/EEA during a three-year project period.

More about ICM

Jean Monnet

The Jean Monnet programme aims to promote quality in research and teaching within the area of EU studies, with an emphasis on the European integration process. 

The activities within the programme are to, among other things, increase knowledge about the EU among students and young professionals.

Jean Monnet – European Commission website

Contact information

Petra Moser-Nørgaard
petra [dot] moser-norgaard [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se (petra[dot]moser-norgaard[at]er[dot]lu[dot]se)

+46 (0)46 222 47 53

Teresia Rindefjäll
teresia [dot] rindefjall [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se (teresia[dot]rindefjall[at]er[dot]lu[dot]se)

+46 (0)46 222 62 40