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:
KEY ACTION 1 – MOBILITY OF INDIVIDUALS
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.
KEY ACTION 2 – COOPERATION FOR INNOVATION AND THE EXCHANGE OF GOOD PRACTICES
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.
KEY ACTION 3 – SUPPORT FOR POLICY REFORMS
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
ERASMUS+ WORLDWIDE COOPERATION
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:
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:
|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.
|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.