Erasmus Mundus Programme

Erasmus Mundus is a cooperation and mobility programme in the field of higher education that aims to enhance the quality of European higher education and to promote dialogue and understanding between people and cultures through cooperation with third countries. In addition, it contributes to the development of human resources and the international cooperation capacity of higher education institutions in third countries by increasing the mobility between the European Union and these countries.

Few, if any, programmes launched by the European Union have had a similar Europe-wide reach. Around 90% of European universities take part in Erasmus and 1.9 million students have participated since it started in 1987. More than 3,100 higher education institutions in 31 countries participate in the programme, and even more are waiting to join.

Between 2009 and 2013, the EU increases its support to the most highly-talented students and professors from countries outside the EU with grants to take part in joint programmes in Europe. It also extends the scope of the programme to the doctoral level and gives more financial support to European students.

The expected budget for Erasmus Mundus will be an indicative amount of € 950 million from 2009 to 2013.

The Erasmus Mundus programme provides support to:

  • higher education institutions that wish to implement joint programmes at postgraduate level (Action 1) or to set-up inter-institutional cooperation partnerships between universities from Europe and targeted third countries (Action 2);
  • individual students, researchers and university staff who wish to spend a study / research / teaching period in the context of one of the above mentioned joint programmes or cooperation partnerships (Action 1 and Action 2);
  • any organisation active in the field of higher education that wishes to develop projects aimed at enhancing the attractiveness, profile, visibility and image of European higher education worldwide (Action 3).

Erasmus Mundus 2009-2013 is implemented through the following actions:

  • Action 1: Erasmus Mundus joint programmes of outstanding quality at Master's (Action 1 A) and doctoral (Action 1 B) levels including scholarships/fellowships to participate in these programmes;
  • Action 2: Erasmus Mundus Partnerships between European and third country higher education institutions including scholarships and fellowships for mobility at all academic levels;
  • Action 3: Promotion of European higher education through projects to enhance the attractiveness of Europe as an educational destination and a centre of excellence at world level.