On 1st January 2014 the EU introduced its new education campaign, Erasmus+. With the help of Erasmus+, the EU aims to enhance academic opportunities in Europe. The goal is to increase the mobility of learning and to improve European higher education. Now what does that mean exactly?
Over a period of seven years, from 2014 to 2020, the EU provides funding amounting to €14.7 billion. In comparison to the previous funding period (2007–2013), that represents an increase of approximately 40 per cent. This means the EU is able to support about two million students studying within the EU borders.
To be eligible for the Erasmus+ programme, you have to be enrolled in an officially recognized degree programme. In addition, both your home institution and your host institution need to hold the ‘Erasmus Charter of Higher Education’. As an individual it is very difficult to apply for Erasmus funding. Therefore, it is necessary to approach the international office or Erasmus office at your higher education institution. They will tell you all about the required documents and deadlines.
In the Erasmus programme, students are eligible to receive study abroad funding for a period of between three months and twelve months. Students may apply in each study cycle (undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level).
As soon as you are back home you have to prove that you have met all the criteria established in your learning agreement before your departure. This is often done by means of a report. This is the bureaucratic part. After coming home, remember your time abroad and integrate your new knowledge into your daily life.