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 FYROM, 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.