Delegation of the European Union to Uzbekistan

Erasmus+: bringing opportunities to students, teachers, trainees and volunteers from within and beyond the EU

Moscow, 16/04/2021 - 14:03, UNIQUE ID: 210416_12
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The new and revamped €28.4 billion Erasmus+ programme for 2021-2027 will fund learning mobility and cross-border cooperation projects, and will seek to be even more inclusive and to support the green and digital transitions. Erasmus+ will also support the resilience of education and training systems in the face of the pandemic.

Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel, said: “Erasmus+ remains a unique programme in terms of its size, scope and global recognition, covering 33 countries, and accessible to the rest of the world through its international activities. I invite all public and private organisations active in the fields of education, training, youth and sport to look at the newly published calls for proposals and apply for funding.”

The main features of the Erasmus+ 2021-2027 programme include in particular:

  • Inclusive Erasmus+: the programme will aim to provide enhanced opportunities to people with fewer opportunities, including people with diverse cultural, social and economic backgrounds, and people living in rural and remote areas. The programme will also be more international, to cooperate with third countries, building on the successes of the previous programme with exchanges and cooperation projects around the world, now also expanding to sport and the vocational education and training sectors.
  • Digital Erasmus+: the programme will support the development of digital skills. It will provide high-quality digital training and exchanges, and it will encourage traineeships in the digital sector. New formats, such as blended intensive programmes, will allow short-term physical mobility abroad to be complemented with online learning and teamwork.
  • Green Erasmus+: the programme will offer financial incentives to participants using sustainable modes of transport. It will also invest in projects promoting awareness of environmental issues and facilitate exchanges related to mitigating the climate crisis.

Erasmus+ opportunities for Russia

The Erasmus+ 2021-2027 programme will expand opportunities for Russian education institutions by adding vocational education and training to long-standing and important actions. It will also offer a new instrument facilitating virtual exchanges in higher education and youth. 

The opportunities currently published and available for Russian education organisations are:

  • Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters that have new features to boost the participation of higher education institutions of partner countries and create unique opportunities for student mobility both within and beyond Europe (learn more), and
  • Jean Monnet actions, with increased opportunities for teaching, learning and debating about the EU (learn more).

Other opportunities that Russian education institutions enjoyed in the 2014-2020 programme cycle, such as Capacity Building projects and International Credit Mobility, are expected to be launched in October or November 2021.

Russian students seeking to continue their education in the EU will be able to apply for Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree programmes in autumn 2021.

The Erasmus+ programme remains the main instrument for EU-Russia cooperation in the area of higher education. Annually, the European Union allocates nearly 20 million under Erasmus+ for the cooperation with Russia. For its part, Russia ranks first among over 130 international partner countries participating in Erasmus+ academic mobility projects. Since 2015, there have been over 23,000 Erasmus+ academic exchanges of students and staff. Russia has been involved in 69 Capacity Building projects, supporting modernisation and reform of the higher education sector in the country. Over 150 Jean Monnet projects have been implemented by Russian universities since 2014. Furthermore, 34 out of total 250 selected Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees involved Russian higher education institutions both as full and associated partners in the last seven years. While 307 Russian students received full Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees scholarships since 2014.  

More information

Erasmus+: over €28 billion to support mobility and learning for all, across the European Union and beyond (press release, 25 March 2021)

Erasmus+ funding opportunities


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