ERASMUS+ is a transnational cooperation programme between universities.

The name ERASMUS stands for European Community Action Scheme for Mobility of University Students. In 2007 ERASMUS replaced the Socrates, Leonardo da Vinci and e-learning programmes which expired at the end of 2006. Since the 2007/2008 academic year ERASMUS has been an integral part of The Lifelong Learning Programme, a new European Union educational programme in the fields of education and professional training for the years 2007-2013.  Erasmus in new formule started from 2014 and will last till 2020 under the name"Erasmus+".

ERASMUS+ aims to enhance the quality of higher education in the participating countries by encouraging cooperation between universities and boosting European mobility of students and higher education teaching staff.


Currently, the 28 member states of the European Union and other countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey, Iceland, Macedonia are participating within ERASMUS+ scheme.


ERASMUS is open to students in higher education and higher education teaching staff.  To apply for a study period within ERASMUS+ Programme you have to:
- be a student or employee of ERASMUS partner university
- be registered in first degree, second degree, engineer or PhD studies (students)
- have at least the first year of first degree studies completed (students)
- have good grades and good knowledge of foreign languages


Students can spend a study period of 3 to 12 months in another participating country, however, the study period should present a well-defined and easily measurable chunk of syllabus, for example, one term. The study period cannot exceed one academic year, which means that the grant to help offset the “mobility costs” has to be consumed within one academic year. If the grant was opened in the summer term, it is not valid in the winter term of the subsequent academic year. The exact date of the official opening of the academic year in the participating foreign university is determined by the day when the lectures and tutorials commence in winter and summer terms, and by particular detailed agreements between the student, and the partner universities.
Higher education teaching staff can spend a short period (of minimum two days and maximum two months) of fully integrated teaching assignments in a partner university.


For more detailed information about recruitment procedures, dates, and other information about the exchange scheme check Erasmus Home Page or visit Erasmus Office.

This information has been prepared and adapted from the official website of European Commision and