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Erasmus+ KA1

Key Action 1
Learning mobility for individuals

1. "Credit mobility": the well-known Erasmus programme is for the first time open to non EU universities, students and staff. Erasmus+ funds credit mobility i.e. student mobility between 3 and 12 months (in both directions) to obtain credits in a host institution, which are then recognised by the home institution. European citizens will have an opportunity to study or teach at higher education institutions worldwide, and non-European students and teachers will be able to study, teach and train in Europe, i.e. this is an opportunity of learning, teaching and training in Europe and beyond for representatives from all sectors of education and training. University staff consists of agents of change in their home institutions.

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of inter-institutional agreements between universities from "Programme"1 and Partner countries. This action is decentralised and managed by a network of National Agencies in Programme Countries. This action is open to participation from higher education institutions worldwide, though only institutions from Programme Countries can submit applications to their National Agency.

(1) Programme countries include 28 EU member states, as well as Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Turkey and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, all countries that contribute to program financing and have the National Agency for Program Management. The Partner Countries are all other countries of the world.

2. "Degree mobility": excellent joint Master degrees are offered by consortia of EU and –optionally – non-EU universities. This is the continuation of Action 1 of Erasmus Mundus, which has proved to be very successful and given a lot of visibility worldwide to the universities involved. Excellent students and staff from anywhere in the world can get high level scholarships to participate in the Joint Master Degrees. Students have to be mobile to at least two different European countries. This action is centrally managed by EACEA in Brussels.

The former Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorates Degrees have integrated under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (Horizon 2020). This action is open to participation from higher education institutions worldwide, though only institutions from Programme Countries can submit applications to EACEA on behalf of the consortium.