The name of this program comes from the name of a dutch monk called Erasme (1465-1536). He travelled a lot in European countries to absorb different lifestyles. ERASMUS is an acronym of « EuRopean Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students ».

The goal of the Erasmus program is to exchange students from different countries who have signed an agreement. It associates 25 European countries and Iceland, Switzerland, Norway, Bulgaria, Turkey, Roumania.

The Europe-Education-Formation Agency in France has been mandated by the European Commission since 1995 to promote and manage several European programs. This is the only national agency in charge of the European Lifelong Learning program (LLP).
These programs aim at enabling all citizens to acquire new skills relevant for a career in the fields of education and vocational training.
The 2e2f (Europe-Education-Formation-France) agency is under the supervision of three ministries: The Ministry of Higher Education and Research, the Ministry of Education, and the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Training and Social Dialogue. It is located in Bordeaux and employs 87 people.
The agency is also a member of the Academic Cooperation Association (ACA), bringing together national organisations from all over Europe who are dedicated to the internationalization of European higher education and to the promotion of innovation.


Erasmus+ (2014-2020) is the new € 16 billion framework program for education, training, youth and sport. It is built on the well-known and respected EU brand of the highly successful Erasmus student exchange program.
The new program has an enhanced focus on student and educator mobility, reform of existing overlapping structures and greater cooperation in the field of education with non-EU countries. It is intended to all European students, trainees, teachers, trainers and youth.

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– 340 000 Erasmus students between 1987 and 2010 – more than 450 000 foretold for 2013.
– France is one of the countries which welcomed the most of exchange students after Spain.
– Up to 5 million persons will beneficiate from EU subventions for getting education or training experience abroad between 2014-2020 – twice as many people as today. (Erasmus +)