Erasmus is an integral part of the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) from the year 2007 to the year 2013 replacing Socrates/ERASMUS (2000-2006). It is a Community action programme for cooperation in the sphere of higher education.
Under the LLP/ERASMUS programme, European universities are encouraged to provide students with opportunities to study abroad. The initiative can be viewed as a form of cooperation between universities, creating the best possible conditions for students to follow courses of study that are recognised by their universities of origin in countries participating in the programme for periods of between three months and one full academic year.
The programme also enables students to broaden their knowledge of the culture of other European countries and to approach university education from a different perspective.
It aims to promote the European dimension of higher education, encourage transnational cooperation between institutions, stimulate European mobility and improve the transparency and academic recognition of university studies and qualifications throughout the European Union.