Erasmus+ is the European Commission's flagship educational programme for education, training, youth and sport 2014-2020.
Originally established in 1987 by the European Commission, the programme aims to increase student and staff mobility throughout Europe and promote cooperation among European institutions. With a total budget of €14.7 billion, the programme will be worth €940 million to the UK over seven years (an increase of 40% on the previous programme budget). Throughout the programme cycle, 4 million people (including 2 million HE students and 800,000 staff) will benefit from Erasmus+ funding.
Regent’s has been awarded the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE). Through the EHCE, we provide eligible students with recognition for credits taken through ECTS and award grants for RUL students studying at eligible partners or completing a traineeship in an eligible country to financially support them while abroad. Funding is also available to staff who take part in teaching or training opportunities at eligible partners and other training activities.
In total 34 “Programme Countries” participate in Erasmus+. Institutions within these countries must hold an Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE) in order to apply for funding. To facilitate mobility between higher education institutions, bilateral agreements are signed with agreed numbers of students and staff for mobility. Agreements are signed on the basis of reciprocity and mobility can only take place once an agreement is signed.
The new Erasmus+ programme also welcomes the addition of “Partner Countries”. These countries will be able to apply for certain strands of funding in collaboration with ECHE-holding institutions in Programme Countries.
As part of the application for the Erasmus Extended University Charter, the University has developed an Erasmus Policy Statement (PDF) so that Erasmus+ is fully integrated across the University. This ensures that the programme is visible and inclusive to both students and staff and ensure high quality in our student and staff placements.
Regent’s supports both student and staff mobility and is actively seeking to increase student and staff. Regent’s staff and students can find more information regarding the funding opportunities and how to get involved on the International Partnerships Office’s (IPO) intranet pages.
Institutions wishing to collaborate with Regent’s University London on Erasmus+ opportunities should contact the IPO.