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Erasmus+ is one of the largest programs of the European Union that finances mobility and cooperation projects in the field of education, youth training and sports. It was created in 2014 on the basis of previous similar programs, and in 2021 it entered a new seven-year implementation period that will last until 2027.

The Erasmus+ programme seeks to enable the participation of even more participants and a wider range of organizations in the period 2021-2027. In this regard, the new programme emphasizes inclusiveness, green initiatives and digitalization as key and most important priorities that supports through financial mechanisms, then strengthening civic values, dialogue of cultures, tolerance and understanding of social, cultural and historical heritage.

Who can take part in the program?

All members of the program are divided into two groups:

  1. EU member states and third countries associated to the Program (North Macedonia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey and Serbia) – can participate in all parts of the program, and
  2. third countries that do not fully participate in the Program (all other countries of the world divided by regions) – can only participate in certain parts of the program.

Structure of the program:

All the projects in the Erasmus+ programme, regardless of whether they belong to the field of education, youth or sports, are divided into three areas, the so-called key activities (KA): KA1, KA2 and KA3.

Key Activity 1 – Mobility of individuals

KA1 projects focus on individuals – students and employees (teaching and non-teaching staff) at higher education institutions. The goal is for individuals to gain new experiences and knowledge through exchange (mobility), which will be validated upon their return.

Key activity 2 – Cooperation for innovation and exchange of good practices

KA2 projects refer to the cooperation of institutions in the field of education, training, youth and sports with the aim of cooperation, exchange of experiences and good practices, as well as innovation and excellence. These include modernization of curricula, innovation of teaching methodology, improvement of teaching materials, training for adults, cooperation with companies through which student internships are carried out, etc.

Key Activity 3 – Support to policy reform

The projects in this key activity provide opportunities for the implementation of activities aimed at encouraging the development of innovative policies, dialogue and policy implementation and knowledge exchange in the fields of education, training and youth.

Erasmus Charter for Higher Education

In October 2022 ICEPS was awarded with the Erasmus Charter For Higher Education. The Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE) provides the general quality framework for European and international cooperation activities a higher education institution may carry out within Erasmus+.

The award of an ECHE is a pre-requisite for all higher education institutions located in a programme country and willing to participate in learning mobility of individuals and/or cooperation for innovation and good practices under Erasmus+.

You can find our ECHE on the following link.

To learn more about the Erasmus+ program and its opportunities, you can contact your National Agency, tasked with the implementation of the Program in your country, and you can find the list of all National Agencies on the following link, or on the Europeam Commisions’s website, on the following link.

To learn more on how to come to ICEPS on a student or staff mobility check the following link.