Erasmus+ is a new EU programme in the area of education, professional training, youth and sport which will be realised in the period from 2014 to 2020. This seven-year-long programme is targeted at enhancing skills, improving job opportunities and it also supports modernisation of education, professional training and systems of work with the youth.
Erasmus+ representing the new EU programme replaces all previous EU programmes aimed at education, professional training, youth and sport including the Lifelong Learning Programme (Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, Comenius, Grundtvig), Youth in Action programme and five other programmes of international cooperation (Erasmus Mundus, Tempus, Alfa, Edulink and the programme for cooperation with industrialised countries.) The budget designated for this programme amounts to EUR 14.7 billion, i.e. it increased by 40% in comparison to the previous programmes which have been incorporated to and become part of Eramsus+.
As opposed to LLP Erasmus, Erasmus+ students who intend to complete their entire master's degree programme abroad may use the new system of guarantees of the European Investment Fund in order to obtain students' loans. Furthermore, the programme provides funding for supranational partnerships between universities, kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, institutions for further education, business organisations and NGOs in the Erasmus+ countries.
There are three main key actions within Erasmus+:
1. foreign countries mobility (within EU and even outside EU)
2. fostering partnerships between educational institutions, youth organisations, business organisations, local and regional authorities and NGOs
3. project of introducing reforms targeted at modernisation of the process of education and professional training and support of innovations, business skills and ability to get employed
Student and teacher mobility is realised on the basis of Institutional Agreements.
Upon the request filed by Comenius University along with the Erasmus Policy Statement which it prepared, EC granted to CU the Erasmus University Charter (EUC) in December 2013 which authorises the University to participate in Erasmus+ programme.
The granted EUC shall be effective during the following period: 2014– 2020, and CU was assigned the following EUC code: