Erasmus+ Programme

Erasmus+ Programme

Education & Culture

Programme overview

Erasmus+ is the European Union's programme for education, training, youth and sport. It takes the place of all previous EU programmes for lifelong learning, youth and sport as well as European cooperation programmes in higher education. The programme comprises three key actions:

Key Action 1 - Learning mobility of individuals

Key Action 2 - Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices

Key Action 3 - Support of political reforms

You will find details of Erasmus+ on the European Commission website:

The funding is mainly used to increase mobility within Europe. The aim is for some two million students to benefit from Erasmus+ by the year 2020, including more than quarter of a million from Germany. The programme covers students in all phases of their studies up to doctorate level who wish to take part of their degree or an internship in a foreign country. In future it will also be possible to do an internship abroad after completing a degree course. Finally, Erasmus+ also offers loans at low interest rates for students who wish to do an entire master's degree in another European country.

What is more, Erasmus+ contributes to the ongoing internationalisation of universities by supporting short-term lectureships and professional development programmes for teaching and administration staff.

Funding for most mobility measures and Strategic Partnerships are awarded by the National Agencies in the 33 programme countries (28 EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, FYR Macedonia, Norway, Turkey). The DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) continues to perform this function in Germany.

The following mobility measures are supported under the umbrella of the EU education programme Erasmus+:

  • Student Mobility for Studies (SMS)
  • Student Mobility Placements (SMP)
  • Teaching Staff Mobility (STA)
  • Training Staff Mobility (STT)

Every higher education institution taking part in the EU programme for general and vocational education, youth and sport in 2014-2020 (referred to hereinafter as "the programme") or would like to apply to do so must have a valid Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE).

The ECHE is awarded by the European Commission. It demonstrates that a university meets all the requirements for successful participation in the Erasmus+ programme.

The European Commission requires both the ECHE, the European Policy Statement (EPS), and the Erasmus Student Charta (ESC) to be published on the university website.


"This project is funded with the support of the European Commission. The originator bears sole responsibility for the content of this publication [notification]; the Commission is not liable for any further application of the information contained therein."

Reference to DAAD

Further information and advice on Erasmus+ mobility programmes is available from

DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)

National Agency for EU Higher Education Cooperation

5053115 Bonn

Tel.: +49(0)228/882-8877

Fax: +49(0)228/882-555