The seven year programme Erasmus+ programme aims to boost skills and employability, as well as modernising Education, Training, and Youth work.
Erasmus+ will provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain work experience and volunteer abroad.
Erasmus+ will support transnational partnerships among Education, Training, and Youth institutions and organisations to foster cooperation and bridge the worlds of Education and work in order to tackle the skills gaps we are facing in Europe.
It will also support national efforts to modernise Education, Training, and Youth systems. In the field of Sport, there will be support for grassroots projects and cross-border challenges such as combating match-fixing, doping, violence and racism.
Erasmus+ brings together seven existing EU programmes in the fields of Education, Training, and Youth; it will for the first time provide support for Sport. As an integrated programme, Erasmus+ offers more opportunities for cooperation across the Education, Training, Youth and Sport sectors and is easier to access than its predecessors, with simplified funding rules.
The programme includes two type of student mobility:
Student Mobility for Studies
This action enables students at higher education institutions to spend an integrated period of study of between 3 months and 12 months in another participating country.
Erasmus student mobility for studies is carried out in the framework of prior "inter-institutional agreements" between home and host institutions, both of which must be holders of an Erasmus University Charter.
It guarantees the student the opportunity to follow courses, to use the university structure and provisions and to have all exams successfully completed recognized and accepted for the appropriate credits. All exams are evaluated using the ECTS system and every degree course is agreed upon by Erasmus delegates.
Annual grants are awarded in the period from February to April, with a value established by the National Agency of LLP/ Italia. This amount will be supplemented by University funds.
Student Mobility for Traineeship
This action enables students at higher education institutions to spend a placement period between 2 months and 12 months in an enterprise or organisation in another participating country.
The objectives of student mobility for placements are:
To help students to adapt to the requirements of the EU-wide labour market;
To enable students to develop specific skill including language skills and to improve understanding of the economic and social culture of the country concerned in the context of acquiring work experience;
To promote cooperation between HEI and enterprises;
To contribute to the development of a pool of well-qualified, open-minded and internationally experienced young people as future professionals.
Student traineeship is an alternative term to the widely used term 'traineeship' or 'internship'.
Host organisations for student placements may be enterprises, training centres, research centres and other organisations.