ERASMUS is the successful EU's flagship education and training programme and has been funding cooperation among higher education institutions across Europe since 1987. It supports students, lecturers and university staff who want to spend time abroad.
ERASMUS+ is the programme’s 2014-2020 generation proposed by the European Commission for education, training, youth and sport, which has a budget of around €14.8 billion. About two million students will benefit from Erasmus+ by 2020, including more than a quarter of a million from Germany. ERASMUS+ student mobility promotes study visits and internships abroad. The staff mobility programme line promotes teaching assignments and stays abroad for training purposes. Special support is available for participants with disabilities and for students with children.