The Erasmus Programme is a European Union student exchange program established in 1987. Erasmus+, or Erasmus Plus, is the new program that combines all the EU’s current schemes for education, training, youth, and sport; it started in January 2014.

Erasmus+ is the EU’s program to support education, training, youth, and sport in Europe. Its budget for 2021-2027 is €26.2 billion. With this increased budget, Erasmus+ will be more inclusive, more digital and greener.

The main aims of Erasmus+ :

  • Help young people to acquire additional skills through studying and training abroad.
  • Enhance teaching quality in the EU and beyond.
  • Support member states and partner countries in modernising their education and vocational training systems.
  • Promote youth participation in society.
  • Support teaching and research on European integration.
  • Support European grass-roots sport.
  • Projects funded under this key action enable participants to travel to another participating country in order to study, work, teach, train, or develop professional skills and competencies.
  • Activities funded under this key action include work placement for vocational education and training.

Erasmus+ offers the following opportunities:

  • Higher education students can learn and study abroad.
  • Vocational students can spend their training in a foreign country.
  • Staff members can expand their knowledge and share it with their colleagues.
  • The program helps raise cultural awareness.
  • A foreign language becomes a tool for communication.
  • Participants can build life-long relationships.
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