Erasmus-Plus - unlimited education

Erasmus+ is the program of the European Union for education, youth and sport. On January 1st, 2014, it came into effect and replaced the EU-education program on lifelong learning (2007-2013). The previous programs of the EU, such as Erasmus, Erasmus-Mundus, Leonardo and Marie Curie, have been superseded or rather redefined and bundled by new mobility programs.

The enhancement of the competences and employability of young people through the encouragement of mobility is the main goal and task of Erasmus+. With a budget of almost 15 billion euros, the plan is to modernize the state structures of the educational and training systems, to further develop child and youth welfare, and to improve transnational co-operations.

Erasmus-Plus - Many programs under a single name

Within Erasmus+, all EU programs for lifelong education, youth and sport, as well as European co-operation programs in the university sector will be consolidated in the future:


  • programs for lifelong eduaction: Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, Comenius, Gruntvig and Jean Monnet
  • the program Youth in Action
  • programs for international co-operations (Erasmus-Mundus, Tempus, Alfa, Edulink and the program for co-operation of industrial nations)
  • the new program for the promotion of sport

EACEA – The coordinating office for Erasmus+

The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) is the central coordinating office for Erasmus+ at the EU level. It is the lead agency responsible for the design, implementation and monitoring of the central programs. National offices support the EACEA by taking over decentralized programs and tasks.

Further Information regarding the EACEA can be found at European Commission / EACEA.

Further Information regarding the Erasmus-Plus program can be found at European Commission / Erasmus+.

Information of the German national agencies in the EU education program Erasmus+ can be found at http://www.erasmusplus.de (German).

The legal framework of Erasmus+ in PDF format can be found here:
Erasmus-Plus-legal-base

The official Erasmus-Plus Programme Guide of the European Union can be downloaded here:
Erasmus-Plus Programme Guide (Version 3 (2015): 14/11/2014)

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