Erasmus Mundus

Erasmus Mundus Action 2 (EM A2) is a cooperation and mobility scheme in the area of higher education funded by the European Union, with the objective to promote the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills at the higher education level.

AREAS and AREAS+ projects belong to the EM A2 - STRAND 1 sub-programme, which aims to promote European higher education, to help to improve and enhance the career prospects of students and to promote intercultural understanding through cooperation with third-countries, in accordance with EU external policy objectives in order to contribute to the sustainable development of third-countries in the field of higher education. It includes partnerships between European and third-country higher education institutions, exchange and mobility at all levels of higher education, including a scholarship scheme. This means support for mobility for students (undergraduate, master, doctoral and post-doctoral) and for staff (academic and administrative).

The main objectives of the programme are:

  • To contribute to the mutual enrichment of societies by developing the qualifications of men and woman so that they possess appropriate skills, particularly as regards the labour market, and are open-minded and internationally experienced;
  • To promote mobility both for students, researchers, academics and administrative staff from third-countries, especially from vulnerable groups, selected on the basis of academic excellence, to obtain qualifications and/or experience in the European Union;
  • To contribute towards the development of human resources and the international co-operation capacity of higher education institutions in third-countries through increased mobility streams between the EU and third-countries in accordance with the principles of equal opportunities and non-discrimination.

Further information can be found on the European Commission websites:

Erasmus Mundus 
Erasmus Mundus Action 2