Access to Erasmus program

Within the framework of Lifelong Learning Program, Erasmus is addressed to: 

  • Students and professors of any higher education and professional training.
  • Institutes of higher education, as defined by Member States.
  • Professors, trainers and other personnel of the said institutes.
  • Associations and representatives of those involved in higher education, including student unions, universities and professors/trainers.
  • Companies, social partners and other representatives of the workplace.
  • Public and private entities, including non-profit and non-governmental organizations, responsible for organizing and providing training to local, regional and national level.
  • Research centers and entities dealing with issues related to lifelong learning.
  • Entities that provide advice, information and guidance on any lifelong learning.

In the program participate twenty-seven (27) Member States of European Union, 3 countries of the European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and Turkey. 

The home and hosting institutes should hold an Erasmus University Charter (EUC). 

To participate in the action “Students mobility for traineeships” it is necessary that the Institutes hold the Extended Charter Erasmus (Extended EUC).  

Objectives of Erasmus program 

  1. Additional to the objectives of the Lifelong Learning Program/LLP, the specific objectives of Erasmus program are to:
  • Support the European Area of higher education.
  • Strengthen the higher education contribution and advance professional training in the innovation process.
  1. The operational objectives of Erasmus program are to:
  • Increase the quality and quantity of students’ mobility and teaching personnel for the program to contribute to the achievement of at least 3.000.000 people’s participation in student mobility within the framework of Erasmus by 2012.
  • Improve the quality and quantity of the multilateral collaboration among higher education institutes in Europe.
  • Increase the degree of transparency and compatibility between the higher education’s qualifications and advanced professional education obtained in Europe.
  • Improve the quality and quantity of the collaboration between higher education institutes and companies.
  • Facilitate the development of innovative practices in education and training at tertiary level and their transfer, including the transfer from one participating country to other.
  • Support the development of innovative contents, services, pedagogical methods and practices for lifelong learning based on ICT (Information and Communication Technologies).


Erasmus actions 

The following actions can be supported by Erasmus program:

  1. Individual mobility. The mobility may include:
  • Students mobility for studies and internships, training and research centers or other organizations.
  • Personnel mobility to Institutes of higher education in order to offer or receive training from a partner institute abroad.
  • Mobility of other personnel from Institutes of higher education or companies for training purposes.
  • Intensive Erasmus programs organized on a multilateral basis.

Support can also be provided to institutes of higher education of the origin or host country in order to ensure quality at all phases of mobility, including language training/preparation.

  1. Main actions:
  • Multilateral projects that focus, among others, on innovation and experimentation, as well as on exchange of good practice in the areas mentioned in the specific and operational objectives.
  • Thematic networks managed by consortia of higher education institutes and representing a discipline or an interdisciplinary field. They are divided into Erasmus Academic Networks designed to develop new learning concepts and competencies, and into Structure Networks aiming to reorganize a particular sector of the administrative organization of institutes of higher education. Such networks may also include representatives from other public bodies or from enterprises or associations.
  • Other initiatives that aim to promote the objectives of Erasmus program (“accompanying measures”).

Participants in mobility such as “Erasmus students” must belong to one of the following categories:

  • Students in higher education (holders of the University Charter Erasmus) who will be enrolled in at least the second year. The students must be enrolled in a higher education institute in order to follow higher education studies leading to a recognized degree up to the doctoral level.
  • Students enrolled in joint postgraduate programs (joint Master) and participate in mobility.
  • Students in higher education institutes participating in traineeships.


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