About the programme

ERASMUS is the European Union’s flagship ‘mobility’ programme in education and training and one of the best-known EU-level actions. It was established in 1987 and since then has enabled more than 2 million students from across Europe to pursue enriching learning experiences in other countries.

What’s in a name?

The programme is named after the philosopher, theologian and humanist Erasmus of Rotterdam (1465–1536), known as an opponent of dogmatism.

Erasmus lived and worked in several parts of Europe, in quest of the knowledge, experience and insights which only such contacts with other countries could bring. By leaving his fortune to the University of Basel, he became a precursor of mobility grants.

The acronym ERASMUS may also be read as EuRopean Community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students.

The ERASMUS Programme, together with a number of other education and training programmes, was incorporated into the Socrates Programme which was established in 1995. Socrates was replaced with the Socrates II Programme in January 2000. That, in turn, was replaced by the Lifelong Learning Programme (2007–2013) from 2007.

Source: http://web.archive.org/web/20130404063516/http://ec.europa.eu/education/erasmus/history_en.htm


Due to its great succes, the new EU programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport for 2014–2020 was named after the ERASMUS Programme.

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