To mark the 30th anniversary of the Erasmus programme, the European Commission today launched a new Erasmus+ mobile application. Designed for students, vocational learners and participants in youth exchanges, the app will make young people's Erasmus+ experience easier.
"Every euro that we invest in Erasmus+ is an investment in the future – in the future of a young person and of our European idea,” said European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, marking the anniversary.
For a programme that will support more than 4 million people to study, train and volunteer abroad between 2014 and 2020, the Erasmus+ Mobile App represents an important improvement. It will guide students, vocational learners and young people throughout their Erasmus+ experience. This will help to make the programme more inclusive and accessible to all.
The Erasmus+ Mobile App will allow participants to:
- Easily track their progress in the different administrative steps before, during and after their stay abroad. Through the app, students will also be able to agree and sign their study agreements online with both sending and receiving universities;
- Share and vote for their preferred tips to help others integrate into the local community; and
- Improve their language skills via a direct link to the Erasmus+ Online Linguistic Support platform, offering online tutored courses and interactive live mentoring.
The first version of the app is already available for both iOS and Android. New features and constant updates will soon extend it to other groups of Erasmus+ participants and make sure the app also covers the future needs of the Erasmus+ generation.
Since the beginning of the original Erasmus Programme in 1987, 9 million people have benefitted from an exchange abroad, including thousands of young people in the EU’s neighbourhood, who have had the opportunity to take part in study and youth exchanges.
To involve the Erasmus+ generation in shaping the future of the programme, the Commission has launched the Erasmus+ Generation Online Meeting Point. This website offers young people and organisations the opportunity to engage in debates with youth, education and training experts, propose topics, identify problems, and put forward solutions. The new app complements these efforts.