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.

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.

Erasmus University Charter Handbook

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