Erasmus : breaking down the
barriers in higher education
ERSAMUS is the higher education part of the SOCRATES
programme for education in Europe. The aim of the Erasmus Program is to increase
the quality of the Higher Education in Europe, and strengthen the European
Dimension in the Higher Education in Europe. Actually, Erasmus is mostly related
with the “mobility of university students”.
- Student exchange : Students can at an instition in
another participating country study for a period of 3-12 months via the
“Student Mobility” (SM) activity of the Erasmus. The time spent in the
host country and the efforts of the student is recognized by the student's
home university via ECTS.
- Teacher exchange : Teachers can give courses as part
of the official curriculum of a partner university in another participating
- Curriculum Developement (CD) projects :
Establishments from at least three different countries may compose a joint
programme of study, a module, a curriculum or a master's programme.
Thematic networks : University departments
or faculties, research centres or professional associations can form a
European network around a subject area or a specific topic as a platform for
analysis and discussion.
- Intensive programmes (IP) : Establishments from
different countries may come together to organise intensive courses (e.g. as
part of summer university programmes) which provide students and teachers
with the opportunity of in-depth study.
- European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System