Erasmus+ is the new EU programme for Education, Youth and Sport for the period 2014-2020.

The previous programmes “Lifelong Learning” (Erasmus for universities, Leonardo da Vinci - vocational education, Comenius - school education, Gruntvig- adult education) as well as other funding schemes are summarized in the new programme Erasmus+ in three Key Actions. In the course of setting up the new generation of mobility programmes incorporated by Erasmus+ the APBU was in 2014 again awarded the so-called Erasmus Charter.
The new EU programme's main goals are the promotion of mobility and transnational co-operation, as well as the exchange of proven practice in the fields of education and youth work.

In the educational sector the programme Erasmus+ promotes long-term visits abroad (student mobility, internships for students and graduates, staff mobility) within Europe. Cross-border co-operation is also of great importance, e.g. in the form of projects between European universities.
Every educational institution taking part in the Erasmus+ programme can enter into partnership agreements (inter-institutional agreements) with other participants. These partnership contracts are the basis for every kind of exchange eligible for Erasmus grants.  Mobilities are possible in every country partaking in the Erasmus Programme which are all of the 27 EU member states (except Austria as sending country) plus North Macedonia, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Turkey and Switzerland.

In Austria Erasmus+ is administrated by the OeAD. The OeAD GmbH is the Austrian agency for international mobility and co-operation in education, science and research.

The aims of ERASMUS+

  • encouraging the mobility of students, teachers, graduates and other members of universities
  • bringing European universities together and further increasing the influence of the European Higher Education Area
  • improving the transparency and compatibility of university degrees obtained in Europe
  • ameliorating the employment opportunities of university graduates
  • promoting foreign language learning and an intercultural European awareness
  • strengthening  universities' contribution to innovation in the educational field

ERASMUS+ Structure

  • K 1 (Learning) MOBILTY OF INDIVIDUALS (within Europe, at present between EU partner and member states)
    target groups include the secotrs of school education, vocational education and adult education
  • K 2 CO-OPERATION/ INNOVATIVE MEASURES (formerly intensive projects and multi-lateral projects) – There are four different co-operation models: strategic partnerships, scientific alliances, alliances for sector-specific skills and capacity-building projects.
    Strategic Partnerships are co-operation projects between institutions/organisations for the sake of modernization.
    These concern EU modernization agendas in the university sector or for the Bologna Process, the set-up and implementation of EU transparency instruments and EU-wide networks and the support of political dialogue with third states.