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Curriculum Development: PDF Compendium 2005      PDF Compendium 2004

Intensive Programmes: Excel file - 58,50 kb Compendium 2005

Selection 2006: Excel file - 58,50 kb Curriculum Development     Excel file - 58,50 kb Intensive Programmes

Eligible institutions & Erasmus University Charter institutions: See Erasmus Online Tools

European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) & Diploma Supplement (DS) - Selection 2006

Excel file - 58,50 kb List of received applications for ECTS |  Excel file - 58,50 kb List of awarded ECTS

Excel file - 58,50 kb List of received applications for DSExcel file - 58,50 kb List of awarded DS

List of institutions that have been awarded an Erasmus University Charter (EUC) for 2006/2007 following the selection 2005 is now available.

List of all institutions that have been awarded an Erasmus University Charter (EUC) during the period 2003/2007: Excel file - 58,50 kb EUC 2003-2007

The new contractual documents for Erasmus (IP new, IP renew, CD new and Dissemination) for the academic year 2005/2006 have been published on our website.


The purpose of Erasmus is to improve the quality of higher education and strengthen its European dimension. It does this by encouraging transnational cooperation between universities, fostering the European mobility of students and teachers, and contributing to improved transparency and academic recognition of qualifications and studies throughout the European Union. 

How does it work? 

Higher education institutions apply for the Erasmus University Charter (EUC) to the European Commission. The awarding of an EUC gives the institution the right to participate in activities supported by the Erasmus programme. Once an institution receives a Charter, it can apply for funding for activities such as Student Mobility and Curriculum Development projects.   

From the academic year 2003/2004, the EUC replaced the previous system of Institutional Contracts between the European Commission and higher education institutions. For more information regarding the changes please contact your National Agency or the Executive Agency's Erasmus Department

Who is eligible?

Erasmus targets universities (nearly all universities in Europe take part) but also all types of recognised non-university higher education establishments as well as post-university studies. <--

A list of eligible institutions is provided by country.


Erasmus supports the following activities: 

Student and Teaching Staff mobility  

  • Student mobility (SM)
    Erasmus gives students (up to and including doctorate, except for students enrolled in their first year of Higher Education) the opportunity to study for a period of 3-12 months at a university or higher education establishment in another participating country in the framework of agreed arrangements between universities.  The time spent in the other country is fully recognised in the originating university, thanks to ECTS. Students also receive an Erasmus Student Charter which outlines their rights as visiting students and the obligations which they must fulfil at their host institution. 
  • Teaching staff mobility (TS)
    Erasmus provides support for teachers giving, generally short courses, as part of the official curriculum of a partner university in another European country. The grants are intended as a contribution to the additional costs arising from teaching in another country. 
  • Organisation of mobility (OM) 
    Erasmus provides support to higher education institutions for the creation of optimal conditions: a) for students, to undertake recognised periods of study at partner institutions in other participating countries; b) for teachers, to organise fully integrated teaching assignments of short duration; c) for implementation of ECTS and Diploma Supplement (DS).  These optimal conditions include information, infrastructure and facilities, guidance, follow-up, involvement of local partners and facilities, guidance, follow-up, involvement of local partners and associations, etc.   

European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)

Erasmus supports the activities related to the introduction, implementation and/or extension of ECTS, a system for academic credit allocation and transfer. The ECTS support mechanisms are: an ECTS introduction grant for institutions, which have never received Erasmus support for ECTS, an ECTS label for institutions which apply ECTS the proper way in all first and second cycle degree label for institutions which apply ECTS the proper way in all first and second cycle degree programmes, an ECTS Credit Accumulation Grant for institutions which have the ECTS label and wish to introduce mechanisms for credit accumulation, ECTS/DS Counsellors and ECTS/DS Counsellors site visits

Intensive programmes (IP)

Community funding may be allocated to universities organising short courses (10 days to 3 month) provided they have a European dimension. Financial support is available for one, two or three consecutive years on the understanding that every year the group of participants must be different and/or the themes involved must be different. 

Curriculum Development projects (CD)

At least three establishments from different countries pool their resources to develop a programme of study, a module or a masters programme. This can be done in all academic subject areas. The financial support is for a maximum of three years.

How to apply? 

My institution does not have an Erasmus University Charter...

To participate in the Erasmus programme, higher education institutions have to apply for an Erasmus University Charter (EUC) using an on-line application form which will be available on this site. 1982 institutions from 30 countries have been awarded an EUC so far. 

For Curriculum Development projects (CD), Intensive Programmes (IP) institutions should apply to the Executive Agency (EACEA). 

My institution has an Erasmus University Charter...

If your institution has been awarded an EUC you can apply directly to your National Agency for funds for the Organisation of Mobility (OM), Student Mobility (SM), Teacher Mobility (TS) and for the introduction of the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Deadline: to de decided by each National Agency

For European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) label and Diploma Supplement (DS) label please submit an application to the Executive Agency (EACEA). 

For Curriculum Development projects (CD) and Intensive Programmes (IP), institutions should submit separate applications for each project to the Executive Agency (EACEA). 

I'm a student or teacher interested in mobility...

If you are interested in mobility and are eligible for the Erasmus programme, you should contact the international relations department of your institution. For young people who are not eligible for Erasmus but would like to study abroad other programmes are available. 

Project Information

  • Life Card: As a contracted Socrates promoter you can have access to your project 'Life Card'. This contains an electronic log of all administrative and contractual matters associated with the management of your project. To access your 'Life Card' you need to log in to this site on the homepage via a user name and password. If your institution is participating in Erasmus for the first time you will be sent your user name and password after the finalisation of your contract. For those who already have a contract, if you experience any difficulties please contact us using the 'Feedback' icon found on the right of any page. 
  • Approved projects 2003/2004 Excel file - 58,50 kb
  • List of approved 2002/2003 CDs, CDDs, IPs 
    by country and IC number of the coordinating institutionPDF file
    by country and ERASMUS institutional code of the partner institutionPDF file
  • Statistics on Erasmus activities. For country-specific information please contact your National Agency. 
    A global overview is available, or for additional information please contact Directorate General Education and Culture of the European Commission.   
  • Compendium: This tool enables you to search within a database of institutions participating in Erasmus. You can search by contract year, country, institution and project partner/organisation or subject.   


Further Information  

If you have a specific question you can contact the Executive Agency by email

You can find more information on the Erasmus action on the European Commission web site: