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Erasmus University Charter


The Erasmus University Charter (EUC) provides the general framework for the European co-operation activities a higher education institution (HEI) may carry out within the Erasmus programme. It is a prerequisite for HEI to organise student mobility and teaching and other staff mobility, to carry out Erasmus intensive language courses and intensive programmes, and to apply for multilateral projects, networks, accompanying measures and to organise preparatory visits.

The final decision on the award of the Erasmus university charter or rejection of the application has been taken by the European Commission, on the basis of the recommendations of the EUC Evaluation Committee, composed of a panel of European Commission and Executive Agency officials.

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Specifically, the EUC allows higher education institutions to apply for Erasmus funding to:

• Send its students for studies to HEI abroad
• Receive students for studies from HEI abroad
• Send its students for placements to enterprises and other organisations such as HEI abroad
• Send its teaching staff to HEI abroad
• Receive teaching staff from HEI abroad
• Receive invited teaching staff from enterprises abroad
• Send its staff for training abroad
• Receive staff for training from HEI abroad
• Organise Erasmus Intensive Language Courses (EILCs)
• Coordinate Erasmus Intensive Programmes (IPs)
• Coordinate Erasmus multilateral projects
• Coordinate Erasmus academic and structural networks
• Coordinate accompanying measures
• Organise preparatory visits

In addition, EUC holders may apply for the ECTS/DS label through a specific call for proposals. See the Executive Agency website for further information.

Awarded by the European Commission following a call for proposals, the Charter sets out the fundamental principles and the minimum requirements with which the higher education institution must comply when implementing its Erasmus activities.

The institution's application for an EUC includes an Erasmus Policy Statement (EPS) setting out the institution's overall Erasmus co-operation plan in coherence with the strategy defined in the mission statement of the institution and specifying the measures and actions the institution intends to introduce in order to fulfil the requirements of the Charter. The EPS should be published and given wide visibility.

Higher education institutions can apply for three different types of charters:

1. The Standard Erasmus University Charter is for institutions which wish to apply for Erasmus funding for transnational student mobility for studies, for transnational mobility activities for teachers and other staff and/or to apply for EILCs, Erasmus IPs, multilateral projects, networks, accompanying measures or preparatory visits.

2. The Extended Erasmus University Charter (Student Placements only) is for institutions which wish to apply only for Erasmus funding for transnational student mobility for placements.

3. The Extended Erasmus University Charter (Standard Charter and Student Placements) is for institutions which wish to apply for activities covered by both the Standard and the Extended University Charter (Student Placements only).

When awarding the EUC, the Commission informs the recipient institution as to whether its Charter refers to study activities or placements or both.

The EUC is awarded for the entire duration of the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP). EUC compliance is monitored on an ongoing basis, and the Charter may in the last resort be withdrawn by the Commission if an institution fails to meet its EUC commitments.

Institutions and national authorities shall notify the European Commission without delay of any change in the situation or status of the institution which might necessitate changes to or withdrawal of the Charter.
Reference and applications: Call for proposals EUC 2013
Current EUC list

List of higher education institutions holding a valid Erasmus University Charter:

Previous EUC lists

List of higher education institutions holding a valid Erasmus University Charter by Academic Year:

Valid EUC until 2013

Previous EUC

Responsible entity Application to be sent to the Executive Agency
Who can benefit?

Higher education institutions, its students and its staff.
Who can apply? Higher education institutions recognised by national authorities.
Specific eligibility rules:
  • Applications must be submitted by bodies which are legal entities.
  • The higher education institution must be recognised by the national authorities
  • Minimum number of Countries: Not applicable
    Minimum number of Partners: Not applicable
    Project duration:
    Awarded until 2013 (full duration)
    Grant allocation (in €): The ERASMUS University Charter does not imply any funding by itself.
    Institutional profile changes

    Under this section the higher education institution (HEI) holding a Erasmus University Charter will find the model document to notify to the EACEA the change of data of their institution.

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    In case of change of the name of the higher education institution, the legal representative, the coordinator, or of the contact information (telephone, fax, email or postal address) please fill in the following form:

    word Template for changes New 05/10/2012

    A paper copy of the form has to be signed by the authorised legal representative of the EUC institution and to be submitted by mail at the Executive Agency:

    Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency
    LLP – Erasmus University Charter
    HEI Change
    BOU2 03/75
    Av. du Bourget 1
    BE- 1140 Brussels

    In case of change of the name of the institution, and/or the legal representative, please attach the legal supporting documents certified, mentioning the official date.


    A specific procedure was established at the end of 2009 by the Executive Agency and the DG EAC to the attention of the National Agencies to have a common approach on the different types of merger and how to deal with each of them.

    Please, contact your National Agency, which will inform you about the validity of your Erasmus University Charter and/or if you need to apply for a new Charter and the procedures to follow.

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    More info See the Lifelong Learning Programme Guide - Part IIb – Explanations on the Action
    Last update: 12/12/2013  Print | Top of page