ERASMUS+ is the European Union's programme for education, youth and sport. The previous EU programmes for lifelong learning, youth and sport, as well as the European university cooperation programme, are combined in ERASMUS+.
At the end of the first year of their university course, students can study at a European university in another country participating in the programme in order to expand their social and cultural skills and improve their career perspectives. They get to know the academic system in a foreign university including the methods of teaching and learning. To do so, students can apply for an ERASMUS scholarship.
ERASMUS+ is the European Union's programme to support education, youth and sport in Europe. The previous EU programmes for lifelong learning, youth and sport, as well as the European university cooperation programme, are combined in ERASMUS+.
The ERASMUS+ Programme consists of 3 main initiatives:
- Key action 1 – Opportunities for individuals
- Key action 2 – Cooperation for the promotion of innovation and exchange of good practices
- Key action 3 – Support of political reforms
Possible mobility measures:
- Study semester abroad for students (SMS)
- Internship abroad for students (SMP)
- Staff (teaching) mobility (STA)
- Staff (training) mobility (STT)
At HFU the ERASMUS Programme for learning mobility for individuals is carried out under Key Action 1. The aim is to support the mobility of students and university staff for learning purposes and transnational cooperation.
HFU ERASMUS coordinator: Lucia Schwarz
HFU ERASMUS code: D FURTWAN01
Financial and time restrictions
ERASMUS+ has a budget of approximately €14.7 billion. Set to last until 2020, more than 4m people will profit from EU funds during these 7 years.
ERASMUS+ aims to improve skills and employability skills, and to advance the modernization of the systems of general and vocational education and children and youth assistance. Information on ERASMUS+ can be found on the website of the European Commission.
Target groups and innovations
The funds will strengthen mobility in Europe, and from 2015 onwards, to a limited extent, other parts of the world, too. By 2020 approximately 2m students will have profited from ERASMUS+, including over a quarter of a million from Germany. This includes students at every stage of their studies including doctoral studies, who would like to do an exchange semester or an internship abroad during their academic studies. Initially bachelor's, master's and doctoral students can be funded up to 12 months. To increase the financial motivation to spend a period of time abroad, the monthly mobility expenses will be raised, particularly for guest countries with higher living costs. In the future, internships abroad will be also possible after completion of the degree. ERASMUS+ offers students who want to do a master's degree in Europe, the possibility to take out a low-interest loan. The former Excellence funding of ERASMUS Mundus, which supported the whole master's degree studies of outstanding students in selected European master's programmes with a joint degree, is continued under ERASMUS+.
ERASMUS+ also supports the international outlook of the University with the funding of short-term teaching terms and training for teaching and administrative staff. In addition, the University can invite employees of foreign companies to teach at the University and can participate with other European partners (also from non-academic areas) in multilateral strategic partnerships to develop joint innovative projects (e.g. in the area of curriculum development or cross-educational themes).
Funding for most mobility measures and the strategic partnerships will be assigned by the national agencies in the 33 countries in the programme. In Germany, this is carried out, as previously, by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
ERASMUS+ Programme countries
Members of the European Union:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Rumania, Sweden, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, UK
As well as other countries applying to join the EU:
and the EEA/EFTA countries:
Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway
Right of HFU to participate in the ERASMUS Programme
With the ERASMUS Charta for Higher Education (ECHE), HFU has once more been accredited in Brussels for the years 2014 to 2020 and is thus entitled to participate in the ERASMUS Programme. The complete internationalization strategy of HFU is described in the HFU ERASMUS Policy Statement.
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Information on the DAAD
For further information and advice on the ERASMUS+ mobility measures, please contact:
DAAD Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst
Nationale Agentur für EU-Hochschulzusammenarbeit
Tel.: +49(0)800 2014 020
Fax: 0228 882-555