Erasmus Charter for Higher Education

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What is the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education?

The Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE) provides the general quality framework for European and international cooperation activities a higher education institution may carry out within Erasmus+.

A valid ECHE is a pre-requisite for all higher education institutions located in a Programme country who wish to participate in the Erasmus+ programme.

For help with strengthening the ECHE compliance of your institution, consult the ECHE guidelines as well as the ECHE monitoring guide.

A call for proposals for the award of an Erasmus Charter for Higher Education is made on an annual basis. If you represent a Higher Education Institution that does not currently hold an ECHE and would like information in relation to the application process, please contact us at

Erasmus Charter for Higher Education Guidelines 2021-2027

The Erasmus Charter for Higher Education Guidelines 2021-2027 document provides instruction on the following:

  • The fundamental principles of the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education
  • Guidelines for participation in Mobility Activites(Before, During and After Mobility)
  • Guidelines for participation in European and International Cooperation Projects
  • Guidelines for the Purposes of Implementation and Monitoring of the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education

Please click on the document below, Erasmus Charter for Higher Education 2021-2027 Guidelines to learn more.

Erasmus Charter for Higher Education 2021-2027 Guidelines

Erasmus Charter for Higher Education Monitoring Guide

The ECHE Monitoring Guide has four key components which you can access below.

ECHE Compliance Manual

ECHE Grading Grid

ECHE Recognition Grid

ECHE Course Catalogue Grid

Current Irish ECHE Holders

Please see below a list of Irish Higher Education Institutions that currently hold an Erasmus Charter for Higher Education.

Higher Education Institution Erasmus Code
American College Dublin IRLDUBLIN45
Atlantic Technological UniversityIRLSLIGO03
Carlow College, St.Patrick'sIRLCARLOW02
Dublin Business SchoolIRLDUBLIN41
Dublin City University IRLDUBLIN04
Dundalk Institute of Technology IRLDUNDALK01
Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology IRLDUBLIN38
Galway Business School LtdIRLGALWAY03
Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology IRLGALWAY02
Griffith College IRLDUBLIN35
Hibernia College IRLDUBLIN42
Institute of Technology Carlow IRLCARLOW01
Marino Institute of Education IRLDUBLIN40
Mary Immaculate College IRLLIMERIC4
Maynooth University IRLMAYNOOT01
Munster Technological University IRLMUNST01
National College of Art and Design IRLDUBLIN14
National College of Ireland IRLDUBLIN13
University of GalwayIRLGALWAY01
Pontifical University, St Patrick's College Maynooth IRLKILDARE01
Royal College of Surgeons in IrelandIRLDUBLIN03
Royal Irish Academy of Music IRLDUBLIN22
Saint Nicholas Montessori College Ireland IRLDUBLIN34
South East Technological UniversityIRLSETU01
St Angela's College (A College of the National University of Ireland, Galway) IRLSLIGO02
Technological University Dublin IRLDUBLIN44
Technological University of the Shannon (TUS): Midlands MidwestIRLSHANNON02
Trinity College Dublin IRLDUBLIN01
University College Cork IRLCORK01
University College Dublin IRLDUBLIN02
University of Limerick IRLLIMERIC01

ECHE Holders 2021

ECHE Holders Light Procedure

ECHE Holders Full Procedure

Erasmus Charter for Higher Education Application

Please click here for more information in relation to applying for an Erasmus Charter for Higher Education.

If your Higher Education Institution is interested in applying for an Erasmus Charter for Higher Education 2021-2027, please email us at to find out more information.

ECHE Self-Assessment

Erasmus+ Coordinators can use the ECHE Self-Assessment tool to assess their Higher Education Institution’s performance.

Click on the link below to access the ECHE Self-Assessment tool.

ECHE Self-Assessment

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