SOCRATES - ERASMUS
the European Community programme in the field of higher
Student and teacher exchanges ; joint
development of study programmes; dissemination and implementation of
results of CD projects; thematic
networks between departments/faculties across Europe ;
language courses and intensive
programmes ; European
transfer system (ECTS): these are the activities supported by ERASMUS,
the higher education chapter of the SOCRATES
II programme for education in Europe.
Covering the period 2000-2006, SOCRATES/ERASMUS
aims at improving the quality and the "European dimension"
of higher education, including both universities and
« extra-university » institutions. The participating countries are the 15 Member States of the European Union, the 3
countries of the European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein and
Norway) and all the Associated Countries in Central and Eastern
Europe, as well as Cyprus and Malta.
Overall responsibility for implementing
SOCRATES/ERASMUS lies with the European Commission (Directorate-General
Education and Culture: Directorate A; Unit 2)