European higher education in the world

Higher education is increasingly international in nature. Erasmus+ recognises this in its strong international dimension, which promotes mobility and cooperation between universities in EU Member States and those outside the EU.

What is it?

Higher education is increasingly international in nature. Erasmus+ recognises this in its strong international dimension, which promotes mobility and cooperation between universities in EU Member States and those outside the EU.

How is it being done?

International cooperation has benefits at home and abroad. In Europe it contributes to

  • Enhancing the overall quality of European education by facilitating peer learning, cooperation and comparison with other education providers worldwide;
  • Boosting innovation and job creation in Europe by attracting internationally mobile students and skilled migrants;
  • Broadening horizons, increasing employability and preparing students to become global citizens;
  • Influencing and engaging new audiences in a way that advances the EU's position in the world.

For partner countries worldwide, supporting education is a key factor for any country to build a strong human capital base and drive forward its development as recognised in the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Since 2014, all countries worldwide have access to Erasmus+, aiming at contributing to poverty reduction and inclusive growth, and to building capacity. Erasmus+ supports modernisation of curricula, improves teaching and learning quality, and promotes more transparent governance and university-enterprise cooperation.
  • Erasmus+ forms part and parcel of the EU's broader policy and objectives in the world of enhancing widespread understanding and visibility of the EU and promoting its values and interests via people-to-people contacts and public diplomacy.

Why is it needed?

International cooperation helps the EU fulfil two sorts of policy objectives:

Learn more about what Erasmus+ international cooperation is doing in a particular country or region in the international factsheets.

  1. the EU internal policy priorities relating to excellence, attracting talent and public diplomacy; and
  2. the EU external projection of internal policies relating to solidarity, enlargement, neighbourhood policy, human development, capacity building, migration, support to refugees and intercultural dialogue, particularly in support of the Sustainable Development Goal 4, Quality Education.

Learn more about what Erasmus+ international cooperation is doing in a particular country or region in the international factsheets.