Erasmus+

EUA is a promoter and supporter of the EU’s Erasmus+ programme, which is of vital importance for its members. One of Europe’s most successful initiatives, Erasmus+ is of high importance for the European higher education community. It enables cooperation within Europe, with the EU Neighbourhood and beyond, and provides opportunities for millions of Europeans and international students to study and gain work experience abroad. Thus, it enhances the quality and international standing of European higher education and its contribution to society. 

The Association is very active in working with EU policy makers to ensure that the programme and its successors have the very best design possible, as well as sufficient funding. EUA, through feedback from its many members, gathers data and analyses what works and what needs improvement in the programme. 

EUA has provided input to the design of the new generation of the Erasmus+ programme (2021-27). The Association has continuously advocated for policy makers to match the success of the programme with funding. It has also pushed for increased inclusion and equitable participation, as well as more simplification in order to decrease the bureaucratic burden, and thus workloads and additional costs.

On the funding side, EUA promotes its recommendations through the EU funding for universities campaign.

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  • EUA calls for more even funding distribution for Erasmus+

    News

    7 Dec 2021

    Students and higher education institutions in several countries are reporting problems with the allocation of mobility grants under the new generation of the Erasmus+ programme (2021-2027). While the launch of the programme promised a steep increase in funding to support student mobility, Key...

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  • European Universities Initiative: new call provides opportunities for new and...

    News

    30 Nov 2021

    On 30 November, the European Commission published the 2022 call for proposals for alliances under the European Universities Initiative. The call is part of the Erasmus+ programme action “Partnerships of Excellence” and has an overall budget of €272 million that is split into two lots. The first...

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  • Battle for EU 2022 budget leads to more funding for Horizon Europe and Erasmus+

    News

    16 Nov 2021

    On 15 November, the European Parliament and Council of the EU reached an agreement on the size and allocation of next year’s budget. Striking the deal was important, as failure to do so would have required the Commission to release a new proposal, significantly delaying the process. The outcome...

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  • Online event “European Green Deal Cluster”, 6 – 7 July

    Partners news

    15 Jun 2021

    The European Commission and the European Research Executive Agency (REA) organise the online event “European Green Deal Cluster Event” on 6 and 7 July 2021. Registrations are now open and free of charge. The event will bring together excellent projects and researchers funded under the Marie...

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  • Recognition of qualifications: new practical guide on information provision

    Partners news

    25 May 2021

    The TPG-LRC project, aimed at promoting the implementation of procedures compliant with the Lisbon Recognition Convention, has published a guide for higher education institutions. TPG-LRC stands for “Thematic Peer Group B on the Lisbon Recognition Convention” and the project has been coordinated...

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  • European Universities Initiative: EUA warns against top-down steering and...

    News

    18 May 2021

    On 17 May 2021, the Education Ministers of EU member states adopted Council Conclusions on the European Universities Initiative. The Council Conclusions come at a crucial point as the mid-term evaluation of the first 17 alliances is approaching and important decisions will soon have to be made...

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  • STREAM recognition training platform opens for a second round

    News

    19 Apr 2021

    The STREAM online training platform, which provides training materials based on the European Recognition Manual for Higher Education Institutions (EAR-HEI manual), is open for a second round of training. The platform is specifically geared towards admissions officers working in higher...

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  • New Welsh International Learning Exchange Programme

    Partners news

    23 Mar 2021

    The Welsh Government announced the new International Learning Exchange programme following the UK Government’s decision to withdraw from the Erasmus+ scheme for the 2021 – 2027 period. The new programme will offer opportunities to learners, young people, educators, and staff from the 2022/2023...

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  • A global approach to research, innovation, education and youth

    Policy input

    16 Mar 2021

    This EUA policy input aims to inform the upcoming European Commission Communication on a global...

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  • ESNSurvey 2021: analysing the impact of student mobility

    Partners news

    20 Jan 2021

    The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) launched their yearly ESNsurvey, the largest European-wide research project conducted solely by volunteers working to advocate for the improvement of exchange programmes and education in Europe. The deadline to participate is 31 January. This year’s edition of...

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  • European University Association and Universities UK International’s common...

    News

    30 Dec 2020

    Europe’s universities, in the European Union and neighbouring countries including the United Kingdom, are pleased to see that an agreement on the EU-UK future relationship has been reached. The European family of universities sees the result as a solid basis to continue and enhance our...

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  • “Spotlight on recognition” project: new Academic Recognition Hub, webinar and...

    News

    17 Dec 2020

    The “Spotlight on recognition” project has launched a series of activities and opportunities to engage. The project, co-funded by Erasmus+, is coordinated by EUA and will be of interest to higher education professionals and other stakeholders working in the field of recognition.   The...

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  • Relief and satisfaction as EU programmes greenlighted to start next year

    News

    14 Dec 2020

    After the longest negotiations ever on the seven-year EU budget, member states managed to find a compromise at the European summit on 10 December to overcome the veto of Hungary and Poland. The two countries had contested the mechanism linking the disbursement of EU funds to the respect...

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  • EUA response to EU Action Plan on Integration and Inclusion

    News

    4 Dec 2020

    The new European Commission “Action Plan on Integration and Inclusion” frames migrant integration under the overarching theme of “Inclusion for all”. Like the previous plan, there is a strong emphasis on the role of education and training (particularly early education) in the integration of...

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  • EUA-coordinated project puts a spotlight on recognition

    News

    19 Nov 2020

    This summer, EUA launched the new Erasmus+ co-funded “Spotlight on recognition” project. It aims to support higher education staff responsible for recognition processes and decisions by enhancing their capacities in terms of recognition procedures in compliance with the Lisbon Recognition...

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  • Green light for EU seven-year budget: European institutions’ deal tops up...

    News

    10 Nov 2020

    The European Parliament and EU Council negotiating team finally agreed on the EU’s multiannual financial framework, a process made more complex than ever this time due to the pandemic and the related new recovery package, the difficulties of striking a deal among member states, and the strongly...

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  • HRK, UNIKO and VSNU unite in call for EU investment in education, research and...

    News

    22 Oct 2020

    The presidents of the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK), Universities Austria (UNIKO) and the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), all EUA members, have published a common statement urging governments to recognise the value of education, research and innovation in the EU...

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  • EUA welcomes European Parliament resolution calling for more future-oriented...

    News

    23 Jul 2020

    The European Parliament met on 23 July in an extraordinary plenary session to adopt a resolution declaring that it does not accept the budget deal made by EU leaders on 21 July. EUA welcomes the resolution and supports the European Parliament in its call for more funding for research, innovation...

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  • University associations unite to urge EU policy makers to invest in education,...

    News

    14 Jul 2020

    European leaders meet this week on 17-18 July with the goal of reaching an agreement on the European Union’s next seven-year budget and the related recovery plan to help the EU’s economy back on its feet. On this occasion, EUA and 14 partner university associations reiterate the urgent need to...

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  • Erasmus+: Europe’s future depends on ambitious commitment to education and...

    News

    26 Jun 2020

    In the European Commission’s latest proposal for the EU’s next seven-year budget, Erasmus+ is projected to be funded with 24.6 billion euros. While this would represent an increase of 3.4 billion compared to the 2014-2020 programme, EUA has expressed concern in a statement that the amount will not...

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  • Negotiations on future EU-UK relationship: EUA highlights the benefits of...

    News

    5 Jun 2020

    As negotiations regarding the EU-UK future relations enter a critical phase, EUA calls on both parties to look for compromise and not to lose sight of a key element of the big picture, which is that continued cooperation in research, innovation and education is highly  beneficial for all...

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  • EU seven-year budget proposal falls short of urgently needed education and R&I...

    News

    27 May 2020

    As the European Commission released its new proposal for the next seven-year budget of the European Union, the academic community nourished hope that, in the few past months, it had become clear to policymakers just how fundamental adequate investment in research, innovation and education is to...

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  • ESN survey on social inclusion and engagement in mobility

    Partners news

    18 May 2020

    ESN, the Erasmus Student Network, has launched the Erasmus+ ‘Social Inclusion and Engagement in Mobility’ (SIEM) project, a collaborative cross-European partnership between ESN, UUKi and the European University Foundation, YES Forum, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (BE), University of Vigo (ES),...

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  • Final outcomes of Erasmus+ project AR-Net

    Partners news

    13 May 2020

    Nuffic, the Dutch organisation for internationalisation in education, published three final outcomes of the Erasmus+ project AR-Net, which focuses on further improving recognition in Europe, for instance by exploring portability of recognition decisions. The publications are: The European...

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  • #Erasmus500: Towards a truly European grant

    Partners news

    7 May 2020

    The European Students Union (ESU), the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) and the European University Foundation (EUF) are launching a proposal for a baseline mobility grant of 500€/month from 2021 onwards. The #Erasmus500 Declaration builds upon a DAAD proposal from 2019 and is aimed at addressing...

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