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.