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.

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.