Erasmus Charter for Higher Education
The Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE)(1.05 Mb)
provides the general quality framework for European and international cooperation activities a higher education institution may carry out within Erasmus+. The award of an Erasmus Charter for Higher Education is a pre-requisite for all higher education institutions located in a programme country and willing to participate in learning mobility of individuals and/or cooperation for innovation and good practices under Erasmus+.
Please consult the annotated guidelines(953 kB)
for the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education to see the requirements an higher education institution has to fulfil in order to comply with the charter principles, or look at the ECHE Monitoring Guide for information.
For higher education institutions located in other countries, the ECHE is not required, and the quality framework will be established through inter-institutional agreements between higher education institutions. The Charter is awarded for the full duration of Erasmus+.
A call for proposals for award of ECHE will be held on an annual basis; more information on the latest call is available on the Education, Audiovisual, and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA).
A list of higher education institutions holding an ECHE is available on the EACEA website.
Inter-institutional agreements can be signed between two or more higher education institutions (HEIs), so providing for the possibility of mobilities between groupings of institutions.
- For mobility between HEIs in Programme Countries, both or all of them must be holders of the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education
- For mobility between HEIs in Programme and Partner Countries, the Programme Country HEIs must have the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education and the Partner Country HEIs must agree to the principles laid down in the charter text via the inter-institutional agreement
By signing an inter-institutional agreement, the institutions involved agree to cooperate for the exchange of students and / or staff in the context of Erasmus+.
They commit themselves to respecting the quality requirements of the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education in all aspects of the organisation and management of mobility and agree on a series of quantitative and qualitative measures to ensure mobility of high quality and impact.
It is recommended that HEIs from Programme and Partner countries sign this agreement once they are selected for funding for international mobility, and in any case before the mobility takes place.
Info and contact
Visit the Erasmus+ website for more information. You can also contact your university or college’s registry office for more information. For further enquiries, please contact your National Agency.
Inter-institutional agreement 2014-20 between Programme Countries:
Inter-institutional agreement 2014-20 between Programme Countries and Partner Countries (updated versions published August 2015):
A “Learning Agreement” sets out the programme of studies/traineeship to be followed and is approved by the student, the sending and the receiving institution/enterprise.
The Learning Agreement puts its emphasis on the thorough preparation of the mobility by including all the educational components/learning outcomes for the future recognition as well as the required language competence of the student.
All three parties signing the agreement commit themselves complying with all the arrangements agreed, thereby insuring that the student should receive the recognition for the studies/traineeship abroad.
- Learning Agreement for studies
- Guidelines on how to use the Learning Agreement for studies
- Learning Agreement for traineeships
- Guidelines on how to use the Learning Agreement for traineeships
A “Mobility Agreement” sets out the programme of teaching / training to be followed and is approved by the staff member, the sending and the receiving institution / enterprise.
The Mobility Agreement defines the components of the teaching or training period abroad and emphasises the mutual responsibility for the quality of the mobility of both the sending institution / enterprise and the receiving institution / enterprise.
- Mobility Agreement for teaching
- Mobility Agreement for training
Erasmus+ Student Charter
Each Erasmus+ student will be given an Erasmus+ Student Charter by their sending university or higher education institution after their selection. The Student Charter highlights the rights and obligations of students participating in Erasmus+. It informs Erasmus+ students about what they are entitled to and what is expected of them during their secondment for studies and/or for a traineeship.
In particular, the Erasmus+ Student Charter outlines the basic entitlements of the Erasmus+ students, such as free tuition and full recognition of studies or traineeship abroad. The Charter also specifies the main obligations of the Erasmus+ students, providing them with a concise idea of their duties with regard to both their sending and receiving higher education institutions/enterprise.
The Erasmus+ Student Charter is available in the table below:
(translations for greyed out countries will be available soon)
Info and contact
You can find out more on the Erasmus+ website. You can also contact your university or college’s registry office for details of specific exchanges between institutions. For further enquiries, please contact your National Agency.