The Erasmus+ pro gramme aims to boost skills and employability, as well as modernising Education, Training, and Youth work. The seven year programme will have a budget of €14.7 billion; a 40% increase compared to current spending levels, reflecting the EU’s commitment to investing in these areas.

Erasmus+ will provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain work experience and volunteer abroad.

Erasmus+ will support transnational partnerships among Education, Training, and Youth institutions and organisations to foster cooperation and bridge the worlds of Education and work in order to tackle the skills gaps we are facing in Europe.

It will also support national efforts to modernise Education, Training, and Youth systems. In the field of Sport, there will be support for grassroots projects and cross-border challenges such as combating match-fixing, doping, violence and racism.

Erasmus+ brings together seven existing EU programmes in the fields of Education, Training, and Youth; it will for the first time provide support for Sport. As an integrated programme, Erasmus+ offers more opportunities for cooperation across the Education, Training, Youth, and Sport sectors and is easier to access than its predecessors, with simplified funding rules.

In order to achieve its objectives, the Erasmus+ Programme implements the following Actions: 


This Key Action supports: 

Mobility of learners and staff: Opportunities for students, trainees, young people and volunteers, as well as for professors, teachers, trainers, youth workers, staff of education institutions and civil society organisations to undertake a learning and/or professional experience in another country; 

Joint Master Degrees: High-level integrated international study programmes delivered by consortia of higher education institutions that award full degree scholarships to the best master students worldwide; 

Master Student Loan Guarantee: Higher education students can get a loan backed up by the Programme to go abroad for a full Master Degree. Students should address themselves to national banks or student loan agencies.


This Key Action supports: 

Transnational Strategic Partnerships aimed to develop initiatives addressing one or more fields of education training and youth and promote innovation, exchange of experience and know-how between different types of organisations involved in education, training and youth or in other relevant fields. Certain mobility activities are supported in so far as they contribute to the objectives of the project;  

Knowledge Alliances between higher education institutions and enterprises which aim to foster innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity, employability, knowledge exchange and/or multidisciplinary teaching and learning; 

Sector Skills Alliances supporting the design and delivery of joint vocational training curricula, programmes and teaching and training methodologies, drawing on evidence of trends in a specific economic sector and skills needed in order to perform in one or more professional fields; 

Capacity Building projects supporting cooperation with Partner Countries in the fields of higher education and youth. Capacity Building projects aim to support organisations/institutions and systems in their modernisation and internationalisation process. Certain mobility activities are supported in so far as they contribute to the objectives of the project; 

IT support platforms, such as eTwinning, the European Platform for Adult Learning (EPALE) and the European Youth Portal, offering virtual collaboration spaces, databases of opportunities, communities of practices and other online services for teachers, trainers and practitioners in the field of school and adult education as well as for young people, volunteers and youth workers across Europe and beyond. 


This Key Action supports: 

Knowledge in the fields of education, training and youth for evidence-based policy making and monitoring in the framework of Europe 2020, in particular: 

– Country-specific and thematic analysis, including through cooperation with academic networks; 

– Peer learning and peer reviews through the Open Methods of Coordination in education, training and youth; 

Prospective initiatives to stimulate innovative policy development among stakeholders and to enable public authorities to test the effectiveness of innovative policies through field trials based on sound evaluation methodologies;

Support to European policy tools to facilitate transparency and recognition of skills and qualifications, as well as the transfer of credits, to foster quality assurance, support validation of non-formal and informal learning, skills management and guidance. This Action also includes the support to networks that facilitate cross-European exchanges, the learning and working mobility of citizens as well as the development of flexible learning pathways between different fields of education, training and youth; 

Cooperation with international organisations with highly recognised expertise and analytical capacity (such as the OECD and the Council of Europe), to strengthen the impact and added value of policies in the fields of education, training and youth; 

Stakeholder dialogue, policy and Programme promotion with public authorities, providers and stakeholders in the fields of education, training and youth are necessary for raising awareness about Europe 2020, Education and Training 2020, the European Youth Strategy and other European sector-specific policy agendas, as well as the external dimension of EU education, training and youth policies. They are also essential to stimulate the effective exploitation of the Programme results and generate tangible impact. 

About European Commission

The European Commission is ultimately responsible for the running of the Erasmus+ Programme. It manages the budget and sets priorities, targets and criteria for the Programme on an on-going basis. Furthermore, it guides and monitors the general implementation, follow-up and evaluation of the Programme at European level. The European Commission also bears the overall responsibility for the supervision and coordination of the structures in charge of implementing the Programme at national level. 

At European level, the European Commission’s Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (Executive Agency) is responsible for the implementation of the centralised Actions of the Erasmus+ Programme. The Executive Agency is in charge of the complete life-cycle management of these projects, from the promotion of the 

Programme, the analysis of the grant requests, the monitoring of projects on the spot, up to the dissemination of the project and Programme results. It is also responsible for launching specific calls for proposals relating to some Actions of the Programme which are not covered through this Guide. 

The European Commission, notably through the Executive Agency, is also responsible for: 

– carrying out studies in the fields supported by the Programme; 

– carrying out research and evidence-based activities through the Eurydice network; 

– improving the visibility and the systemic impact of the Programme through dissemination and exploitation 

– activities of the Programme’s results; 

– ensuring the contractual management and financing of bodies and networks supported by the Erasmus+ Programme; 

– managing calls for tenders to provide services within the framework of the Programme. 

About TR National Agency

The European Commission is responsible for the overall implementation of Erasmus Programme. Actions are managed by national agencies in the participating countries or by Executive Agency for Education, Audovisiual and Culture based in Brussels.

Centre for EU Education and Youth Programmes – Turkish National Agency promotes and implements the Programme at national level and acts as the link between the European Commission and participating organisations at local, regional and national level. It is their task to: 

1. provides appropriate information on the Erasmus+ Programme; 

2. administers a fair and transparent selection process for project applications to be funded in Turkey; 

3. monitors and evaluates the implementation of the Programme in Turkey; 

4. provides support to project applicants and participating organisations throughout the project life-cycle; 

5. collaborates effectively with the network of all National Agencies and the European Commission; 

6. ensures the visibility of the Programme; 

7. promotes the dissemination and exploitation of the results of the Programme at local and national level;

8. provides a supportive approach to newcomers and less advantaged target groups in order to remove the obstacles to full participation in the Programme; 

9. seeks cooperation with external bodies in order to increase the impact of the Programme in Turkey

Centre for EU Education and Youth Programmes (Turkish National Agency)

Mevlana Bulvari N°181, Balgat, 06520, Ankara – Turkey

Tel: 0090 409 60 00

Web: www.ua.gov.tr

FB: https://www.facebook.com/ulusalajans

E-mail: bilgi@ua.gov.tr


For nearly 30 years, Europe has funded Erasmus programme, which has enabled over three million European students to spend part of their studies in another higher education institution or in a company in Europe.  Erasmus+ now opens up these opportunities, allowing for mobility of students and staff, from and to other parts of the world (between the so-called “Programme” and “Partner Countries”).

Starting from the 2015/2016 academic year, it will be possible for IAU students and staff to study respectively teach/train in institutions based in Partner Countries, as long as an “inter-institutional agreement” has been signed before the mobility takes place.

For traineeships, the receiving organisation can be any private or public organisation active in the labour market or in the fields of education, training and youth. According to the Erasmus+ Guide (Version 3 (2015)) traineeships between Programme and Partner Countries will not be available for the 2015/2016 academic year.


The Erasmus+ Programme is open to the following countries:

Eligible countries

EU Member States participate fully in all actions of the Erasmus+ Programme. In addition, in accordance with article 19 of the Erasmus+ Regulation, the following third countries are associated to the programme:

  • members of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) which are members of the European Economic Area (EEA): Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein;
  • acceding countries, candidate countries and potential candidates: North Macedonia, Republic of Türkiye and Republic of Serbia;

The EU Member States and the above mentioned third countries associated to the programme will be hereafter called “EU Member States and third countries associated to the Programme”.

In addition, in accordance with article 20 of the Regulation, legal entities from third countries non-associated to the Programme can be eligible in Erasmus+ actions in duly justified cases and in the Union interest (hereafter called “third countries not associated to the Programme”).

EU Member States and third countries associated to the Programme

The following countries can fully take part in all the Actions of the Erasmus+ Programme:

Member States of the European Union (EU)

Belgium, Bulgaria, Czechia, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Ireland, Greece, Spain, France, Croatia, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Finland, Sweden

Third countries associated to the Programme


  • North Macedonia
  • Serbia
  • Iceland
  • Liechtenstein
  • Norway
  • Türkiye

Third countries not associated to the Programme

The following countries can take part in certain Actions of the Programme, subject to specific criteria or conditions (consult Part B of this Guide for the exact list of eligible countries for each specific action). Funding will be allocated to organisations in the countries within their territories as recognised by international law. Funding must respect any restrictions placed on EU external assistance imposed by the European Council. Applications have to be in line with the overall EU values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities as foreseen in Article 2 of the Treaty of the European Union.

The following third countries not associated to the Programme are regrouped according to the EU’s external action instruments, namely the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation – Global Europe Instrument (NDICI-Global Europe)3 and the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPAIII).

Western Balkans (Region 1)

Albania; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Kosovo5 ; Montenegro

Neighbourhood East (Region 2)

Armenia; Azerbaijan; Belarus; Georgia; Moldova; Territory of Ukraine as recognised by international law

South-Mediterranean countries (Region 3)

Algeria; Egypt; Israel ; Jordan; Lebanon; Libya; Morocco; Palestine7 ; Syria8 ; Tunisia

Russian Federation (Region 4)

Territory of Russia as recognised by international law

Region 5 Asia

Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, DPR Korea, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam

High income countries: Brunei, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Macao, Singapore and Taiwan

Region 6 Central Asia

Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

Region 7 Middle East

Iran, Iraq, Yemen

High income countries: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates

Region 8 Pacific

Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu

High income countries: Australia, New Zealand

Region 9 Sub-Saharan Africa 

Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Congo – Democratic Republic of the, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Eswatini, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Region 10 Latin America

Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela

Region 11 Caribbean

Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad & Tobago

Region 12 US and Canada

United States of America, Canada


The following third countries not associated to the Programme are not covered by the External Action Instruments:

Region 13

Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City State

Region 14

Faroe Islands, Switzerland, United Kingdom


For more information, please consult the detailed description of the Actions of the Programme in Part B of this Guide.

Grant Opportunities for Students

An institution in a Partner Country can send its students and/or staff to a partner institution in a Programme Country and vice versa. Students can study abroad for a minimum of three months up to a maximum of 12 months and may benefit from an Erasmus+ grant to help with living costs. From 2017, there will also be opportunities for students to undertake a traineeship in a Programme Country. Staff can spend up to two months teaching and/or training abroad, and may also benefit from a grant.

In order for a mobility activity to take place, an inter-institutional agreement must be signed between the participating institutions before the mobility. This agreement ensures that the sending institution will recognize the credits gained by its students, for activities successfully completed abroad, as part of their degree upon return.

The amounts for individual support defined by National Agencies will be set as follows:

From To Amount
ELIGIBLE PARTNER COUNTRIES(for Erasmus+ incoming students) Group 1 Programme Countries 600 EUR per month
Group 2 Programme Countries 600 EUR per month
Group 3 Programme Countries 450 EUR per month
PROGRAMME COUNTRIES(for IAU Erasmus+ outgoing students) PARTNER COUNTRIES 700 EUR per month

In addition to the above-mentioned amounts for individual support, IAU Erasmus+ outgoing and IAU Erasmus+ incoming students to/from Partner Countries will receive the following top-up amounts, to support them in covering their travel costs, calculated using the distance calculator supported by the European Commission (http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/tools/distance_en.htm ). The distance of a one-way travel must be used to calculate the amount of the EU grant that will support the round trip.

Travel distances Amount
Between 100 and 499 KM: 180 EUR per participant
Between 500 and 1999 KM: 275 EUR per participant
Between 2000 and 2999 KM: 360 EUR per participant
Between 3000 and 3999 KM: 530 EUR per participant
Between 4000 and 7999 KM: 820 EUR per participant
8000 KM or more: 1500 EUR per participant


Due to the limited budget of the programme, Istanbul Ticaret University Erasmus+ Office cannot guarantee funding for all students selected as eligible for an Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility.


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