What is the ERASMUS + program ?
The ERASMUS + program is a program of the European Union for education, learning, youth, and sport. It aims to help young people who want to go abroad to study, to do internships in european companies or discover a new culture, getting new knowledges and experiences. Young people who beneficiate from the ERASMUS + program get profesional and adaptation skills, which are very important in the labour world . It also helps them to develop their open-mindedness thanks to the knowledge of other languages and cultures and thus, helps them to understand the environment in which they live.
ERASMUS + in some figures:
- More than 2 billion euros of funding per year
- 4 million people and 125,000 institutions
- 2 million students in higher education
- 500,000 volunteers for youth exchanges
- 650,000 learnings and practices outside
- More than 96 million euros
- More than 53,000 people studying, in internships, or voluntary abroad
- 37,000 students going out of Spain
- 39,000 students entering Spain
The program is divided into 3 parts which are called “key action”.
This week, we are going to dedicate this article to the first key action of the program called key action 1: mobility for learning purposes
The mobility of professionals and studies are enhanced in Europe for all levels of education. Some mobility actions can be performed from and to partner countries (i.e. that are out of Europe) for higher education and the sector of the youth.
Who is addressed to ?
To the educational personal, to students, to young people under Vocational Education and training , to young people out of the educational system, for actions of volunteering (alone or in group) and to professionals of the sector of the youth.
The organizations that would to take part of these opportunities can apply as superior educationnal institution either as individual, or as part of national consortium. It can be some organizations that send and receive students or educationnal staff, which could manage a project or could participate as partners.
How to participate ?
Institutions of higher education established in a program country must have an Erasmus Charter for higher education (ECHE) applied individually or as part of a consortium.
The study activities offered to those students must be part of the study program. Before the beginning of activities, organizations as well as students must sign a learning agreement.
The application process for mobility projects is managed by the relevant national agency (NA) on an annual basis. For these individual organizations, their NA is located in the same country of the organization headquarter. For consortium, its NA is located in the same country where is located the Consortium Coordinator headquarter.
The charter is granted for the duration of the Erasmus + program. The implementation of the Charter will be monitored by the European Commission and the violation of any of its principles and commitments may lead to its withdrawal by the European Commission. Granting a ECHE is valid for the duration of the program.
A call of proposal (valid for 3 years) of the Consortium is posted annually by those national agencies . Organizations can apply for accreditation and grants at the same time.
The European Commission has launched a new call for proposals for “ERASMUS +”: EAC/A03/2016 – program Erasmus + . The budget which the European Commission has allocated will depend on the grants awarded, on the duration of projects and on the number of partners involved, the deadline of acceptation is February 15, 2017.
From EMC, we encourage all those who wish to submit projects to contest to the call by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org
Moreover, if you want to be informed of all the calls related to the ERASMUS + program, or any other type of calls for education and good practices, subscribe to the Observatory of European funding and find those that best fit your organization or project to apply in 2017.
Claire Annic – Trainee consultant in European Financiation in EMC