A semester abroad in Estonia, a professional internship in France, an exchange with a school class in Poland, a voluntary service in Greece: the EU Programme Erasmus+ makes Europe tangible.
Nothing strengthens European identity more than encounters and living together across national borders. This is what Erasmus+, the EU Programme for education, training, youth and sport, stands for.
It promotes the mobility of learners and supports people of all ages in acquiring employment-related and intercultural skills. Erasmus+ also promotes European and international cooperation in education. The Programme helps participating countries modernise their education systems and youth work.
For millions of young people, Europe has a name: Erasmus. The funding project was founded in 1987. The name goes back to the scholar Erasmus of Rotterdam (1466 to 1536).
Currently, the 27 EU member states, as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, the Republic of Northern Macedonia, Norway, Serbia and Turkey participate in Erasmus+.
The Erasmus+ Programme supports the objectives of the European education agendas, promotes the modernisation, internationalisation and quality improvement of higher education in Europe, enhances the attractiveness of the EU as a place to study and research, and contributes to the sustainable development of higher education in third countries. It also strengthens, in particular, the international competences, personal development and employability of students.
A new 7-year Programme generation started in 2021.
In order to adapt the Programme to the constantly changing requirements, there are important innovations in the new Programme generation. The focus is on social inclusion, the green and digital transformation and the promotion of young people's participation in democratic life.