EU Educational Programs

Cooperate beyond the borders of Europe, too!

LLP: Program for Lifelong Learning

With a budget of almost seven billion euros, this is the biggest EU educational program yet. In the period 2007 till 2013 it will support the exchange of teaching staff and learners of all ages, as well as cooperation between educational institutions in the EU member states. The program is also to foster cooperation on educational policy in Europe, above all with a view to implementing the goals contained in the Copenhagen Declaration in the area of vocational education and the Bologna Process in the area of higher education.

All areas of education are covered in the LLP via its various sub-programs: ERASMUS (higher education), LEONARDO (vocational education), GRUNDTVIG (adult education) and COMENIUS (school education). An additional program area is the Jean Monnet Action, which promotes projects of European integration.

You can find more information about LLP at:

Detailed information on ERASMUS:Mobility for students, teaching staff and

EU Programs for Non-EU countries

The following programs offer support for cooperation in the area of higher education between non-EU countries, i.e. countries which are neither members of the European Union nor candidate countries for membership:

TEMPUS IV is an EU-funded educational program which provides support for the modernization of higher education in Eastern Europe and Russia, Central Asia, the countries of the western Balkans, as well as in North Africa and the Near East.       

The goal of EDULink is to support university cooperation in the areas of Management/Administration as well as Education and Research /Technology with the AKP countries (Africa, Caribbean, Pacific).

ALFA has the goal to promote institutional university cooperation between the European Union and the countries of Latin America.       

ICI ECP (Industrialized Countries Instrument - Education Cooperation Program) fosters cooperation between the European Union and Australia, Japan, New Zealand and the Korean Republic in the area of university and vocational education.       

ATLANTIS (EU-USA) supports measures to enhance transatlantic cooperation and student mobility.       

TEP (Transatlantic Exchange Partnerships) promotes transatlantic exchange partnerships between the European Union and Canada.

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ERASMUS MUNDUS is a program designed to enhance the quality of university education and to promote intercultural understanding via cooperation with non-EU countries. It comprises 3 lines of action:

Action 1:  Support for setting up joint Master’s programs and joint programs of doctoral studies, including grants

The program awards the Erasmus Mundus label to consortia offering joint Master’s programs and joint programs of doctoral studies. A consortium has to comprise at least three different European and facultative non-European universities.  The consortium can apply for funded grants to promote the mobility of highly qualified students and doctoral students from both non-EU countries as well as EU member states.  Support is also available for instructional staff intending to undertake teaching stays of three months in selected Erasmus Mundus courses. Funding is available for applicants from both non-EU countries as well as EU member states.

Action 2: External Cooperation Window

Support for cooperation between universities in EU member states and certain non-EU countries wishing to set up structured forms of cooperation. For further information on this action line and the eligible non-EU countries go to:

Action 3: Projects designed to enhance the attractiveness of the university sphere

Consortia comprising organizations from at least 3 EU member states can apply for the funding of activities designed to enhance the attractiveness, profile, visibility and opportunities for access to higher education in the European Higher Education Area. Within this funding line it is also possible to apply for support for projects aiming at an international dimension of quality assurance, curricular development and mobility, as well as credit recognition and the recognition of educational qualifications.

You can find more information on the ERASMUS MUNDUS program at: or on the ECEAU website