Erasmus Mundus, the European co-operation and mobility programme which supports academic excellence and the attractiveness of European higher education worldwide and fosters cooperation with third countries, now enters a new phase.
In 2014-2020, the EU will continue to support joint programmes in Europe with grants to the most highly-talented students and professors from countries outside the EU, but will also extend the scope of the programme to the doctoral level and give more financial support to European students. Moreover, the former ‘Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Windows’ will be fully integrated into the Erasmus Mundus programme, continuing to support partnerships between EU and non-EU higher education institutions as a basis for mobility among students and academics.
In the period 2014-2020 Erasmus Mundus and the Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Windows offered more than 10,000 scholarships to students and academics from all over the world. The programme offered the opportunity to third-country students to obtain a degree in Europe and to academics to share know-how and to contribute to study programmes through teaching or research activities. Thanks to these exchanges the programme also made a significant contribution to the enhancement of intercultural dialogue.
In 2014-2020 the expected budget for Erasmus Mundus will be € 950 million, with a significant increase in respect to the previous years.