The 2014-2020 EU programme for education, training, youth and sport supports, among other policy objectives, the European modernisation and internationalisation agenda in higher education. The Programme will cover the period 2014-2020 and replaces seven existing programmes, including the Lifelong Learning programme (LLP) which will end with the academic year 2013-2014.
The Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE) provides the general quality framework for European and international cooperation activities a higher education institution (HEI) may carry out within the Programme. The award of an Erasmus Charter for Higher Education is a pre-requisite for all HEIs located in an eligible country (the list is published in the call – see the link below) and willing to participate in learning mobility of individuals and/or cooperation for innovation and good practices under the Programme. For HEIs located in other countries, the ECHE is not required, and the quality framework will be established through inter-institutional agreements between HEIs. The Charter is awarded for the full duration of the Programme.
A call for proposals for award of ECHE will be held on annual basis. The ECHE is awarded for the full duration of the Programme.
Important information (posted on 22/05/13)
The Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE) Selection 2014 deadline for online submissions has now passed. The Executive Agency has processed the received applications and the applicants have been informed by e-mail about the successful submission of their application.
Please find below the list of all applications received online, arranged by registration number and by country of origin. If your institution has submitted an application for the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education during the selection 2014 and the application number is not included in this list, please contact the ECHE Helpdesk immediately at EACEA-ECHE@ec.europa.eu.
Please note that this list is for information only and not a formal confirmation of the eligibility of applications.
Please be informed that the final list of selected institutions will be published in December 2013.
Important information (posted on 6/12/2013)
All Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) located in an eligible country must apply to this call for proposals to get the new Erasmus Charter for Higher Education for the new Programme. HEIs that are currently holding a valid Erasmus University Charter must also apply.The HEIs are encouraged to read carefully the application manual and the annotated guidelines to the new charter and to start preparing their application well before the deadline.
15 May 2013, 12:00 midday Brussels time for the mandatory electronic submission
The final decision on the award of the Charter or rejection of the application will be taken by the European Commission, on the basis of the recommendations of the ECHE Evaluation Committee, composed of a panel of European Commission and Executive Agency officials.
The ECHE Online Application Form is available in English, French and German.
The ECHE application itself can be completed in any one of the official languages of the European Union.
If the chosen language of completion is not English, French or German, the Erasmus Policy Statement – Overall strategy must be provided both in the chosen language of completion AND in either English, French or German. A separate box will open for the translated text.
For ALL applicants, access to the Online Application form is controlled and validated through ECAS (the European Commission Authentication Service). The service requires all applicants to have an ECAS account. Some applicants will already have an ECAS account whilst those that do not yet have one will have to create one. Every time applicants connect to the Online Application form they will have to enter their ECAS account login details. More info on ECAS:
Click on the tab "Application forms & guidelines" above and then on the link to the Online Application form. You will be automatically directed to ECAS for user account authentication before being redirected to the ECHE Online Application form. Once you have arrived on the website of the ECHE Online Application form, please consult the detailed guidelines published below for guidance on how to complete and submit your application.
For HEIs that are currently holding a valid Erasmus University Charter under the Lifelong Learning programme (2007-2013) and that intend to apply under the 2014 selection, there is a one-off additional validation step. These HEIs are already registered in the LLP Charter database and, as a result, will receive, on the day of publication of the Call for proposals, by e-mail from the Agency a supplementary username and password. In doing so, the current data of the applicant will be automatically filled in the application form. This username and password are only required to be input the FIRST time that a connection is made to the ECHE online application form. Their input takes place after the ECAS authentication i.e. once an applicant has been redirected to the ECHE online application form. Subsequent connections to the ECHE online application form, if any are made, will only require the ECAS login mentioned above.
NB: If you are an HEI which has already been awarded an Erasmus University Charter but have not yet received your username and password by email, please contact the ECHE Helpdesk immediately at: EACEA-ECHE@ec.europa.eu
In order to help applicants understand the various access possibilities a simple workflow diagram is available here: . For further details on the application procedure and the ECHE online application form, please refer to the Annotated Guidelines and Application Manual published on this webpage, under "Application form & Guidelines" tab.
Please read carefully the following documents before you start completing your application:
For questions concerning the content of the ECHE application, please consult the section "Application form & Guidelines".
For questions concerning technical issues related to the creation and management of your ECAS account please contact EACEA-HELPDESK@ec.europa.eu
For questions concerning the completion of the ECHE online application form, please contact: EACEA-ECHE@ec.europa.eu
In order to apply for funding and participate in mobility and cooperation projects your Institution needs to obtain a Participant Identification Code (PIC) from the Unique Registration Facility (URF). URF is a tool through which all legal and financial information related to your organisation will be managed.
We kindly ask you therefore to register in URF and send us the PIC attributed to you at your earliest convenience. Please note that we can only issue your Charter once your PIC has been communicated to us. Upon receipt of the Charter you are invited to sign and publish it on the website of your Institution.
URF is accessible via the Education, Audiovisual, Culture, Citizenship and Volunteering Participant Portal. Information on how to register can be found in the portal at the following address: http://ec.europa.eu/education/participants/portal
Please to communicate your PIC code to us, use the following link: