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
- Alliances for Innovation
- Forward-looking Projects
- Capacity-building projects
- Joint Master's programmes
- European mobility
- International Credit Mobility (ICM)
- Jean Monnet
Within the 'Partnerships for Cooperation' sub-programme, there are opportunities for universities to apply for projects with other higher education institutions or with businesses, other organisations or government agencies.
Examples of activities eligible for funding include joint course development, conferences, intensive programmes, professional development initiatives or experience exchanges. Applications should involve at least three partners from three different programme countries.
The sub-programme 'Alliances for Innovation' is about projects that focus on collaboration between universities and companies.
Examples of activities include the development of new learning methods, the development of programmes and activities in collaboration with business, course development in collaboration with business, or the introduction of a stronger focus on entrepreneurship in study 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
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 activities include pilot studies, analyses, surveys, capacity building and dissemination of results.
Capacity building projects provide funding for joint projects to develop:
- new courses
- education centres
- higher education administration or
- national education reforms.
They also 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.
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).
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.
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.
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.