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Erasmus+ programme

The Erasmus+ programme is run by the European Union (EU) and aims to enhance the European dimension of Higher Education and promote mobility within the EU through a range of educational activities.


Erasmus+ Programme
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Erasmus+ Charter

The University of Southampton has been awarded an Erasmus+ University Charter by the European Commission for the period 2014-2020.

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Erasmus+ general information

Erasmus+ started on 1 January 2014 and replaces current funding programmes run by the European Commission in the area of education, training, youth and sport across all sectors of Lifelong Learning including Comenius, Leonardo, Grundtvig and Transversal, Youth in Action and other international programmes including Jean Monnet and Erasmus Mundus.

The Erasmus+ programme will run from 2014-2020 and supports activities in Higher Education, Further Education, adult education and schools activities.

Aims and objectives of Erasmus+

Erasmus+ aims to boost skills and employability as well as modernise education, training, and youth work across Europe. It has a budget of approximately 14.7 billion Euros across Europe and will, over the next seven years, provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain work experience and volunteer abroad and will also support transnational partnerships between education, training and youth organisations, as well as support grassroots sport projects.

A new approach to funding for education and training

Erasmus+ will be an integrated programme which means that it will be based around Actions. Some activities funded under the Lifelong Learning and Youth in Action Programmes will disappear; others will be translated into the new Erasmus+ structure.

Member States of the European Union plus some non-EU Programme Countries can apply for Erasmus+ funding and can fully take part in all any Erasmus+ funded project or activity. Other countries, known as Partner Countries, can participate in some Erasmus+ actions as partners but please check the eligibility criteria for each activity before applying.

Erasmus+ activities include student exchanges, staff exchanges and collaborative projects:

  • The Erasmus+ Student Mobility programme enables students to undertake a period of study or a work placement in Europe of between 3 and 12 months (study) or 2 and 12 months (work) as a part of their degree programme.
  • The Erasmus+ Staff Mobility programme enables staff to undertake teaching and training visits to a partner institution.
  • Funding will also be available for collaborative projects.
  • For details of all funding opportunities, please visit the official Erasmus+ website.

Countries currently eligible to participate

Countries currently eligible to participate in all Erasmus+ actions are:

European Union countries

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, UK

Non-EU programme countries

Iceland, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Norway, Turkey

Erasmus Policy Statement

Erasmus Policy Statement

The overarching objective of the University’s International Strategy (both EU and non-EU) is to increase its global reputation and profile in support of the ambition to be a truly world-class university.

The University’s international strategy is aligned to the Research, Enterprise and Innovation Strategy and the Education Strategy, ensuring the ambition of the overall University Strategy to “change the world for the better through our research, education, innovation and enterprise”. This will be achieved by growing the international visibility of staff and their research, and by forging international collaborations, either bilaterally or in multi-institution partnerships (e.g. World Wide University Network) and by developing a global strategic presence in the form of off-shore campuses (Malaysia) and delivering University of Southampton degrees as collaborative programmes (multiple/joint degrees). Coordinated inward and outward student mobility opportunities are being developed in support of the internationalisation of the curriculum and to prepare our students as global graduates.

Strategic partners (both EU and non-EU) have been identified through which larger numbers of students would be encouraged to spend a period abroad during their studies. Such partnerships are often the first step in achieving deeper relations.

Strategic partnerships are selected to fit with the institutional strategy and to meet differing objectives, for example those partnerships aligned with the Research Strategy, those which offer opportunities for joint programmes, collaborations with strategic partners in developing countries to assist in capacity building and partnerships to enable greater mobility of both inwardly and outwardly mobile students. Selection of institutions is carried out in accordance with guidance provided by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education and internal procedures which received plaudits from the British Council Audit and Monitoring Site Visit November 2011.

The University is committed to engaging with like-minded institutions across the world. The current strategy sees strategic partnerships established on all continents whether these be for research, education, enterprise or a combination of these.

As part of the World Wide University Network, the University is partnered with institutions across 6 continents including the EU. A programme provides mobility opportunities for both students and staff.

The University supports both internal and external programmes to encourage mobility of undergraduate, postgraduate, early career researchers and both academic and administrative staff. The objective is to:

a) prepare talented students, irrespective of background, to be confident citizens and potential leaders in an increasingly globalised work environment,

b) provide academic staff at all levels with access to interact with an intercontinental research network, influence global debates and access international research funds and

c) ensure that our staff are enabled to develop best practices with colleagues across the world to support excellence in the professional services of Higher Education.

The development of double/multiple/joint degrees is overseen by the University’s Quality Standards service within the Student Academic Administration overseen by the Academic Registrar. The Quality and Standards service adheres to guidance provided by the QAA (UK) and follows internal procedures assessed by the QAA which can be accessed by the University’s Quality Handbook.

As stated in the University’s Quality Handbook, the University is committed to:

- at institutional level

  • building a variety of strategic partnerships and removing potential barriers to their development
  • developing institutional level links through existing networks where possible
  • working to enhance the international character of the University by increasing the
  • proportion of international students and staff, and by striving to deepen their integration
  • developing a culture that values diversity
  • deepening our engagement with the Bologna process
  • working in partnership with Southampton University Students’ Union (SUSU) to further this agenda

- at programme level

  • encouraging the incorporation of a global perspective where appropriate
  • incorporating questions about internationalisation in programme review
  • encouraging reflection on internationalisation of education through the annual review process and annual strategic planning
  • encouraging partnership activities in the development and sharing of learning materials,which may provide credit bearing units for our students e.g. WUN initiatives, and in the fielding of joint programmes e.g. Erasmus Mundus, WUN MSc Geographical Information Systems.

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