Erasmus is the higher education section of the Longlife Learning Programme, the European programme which supports education in eight different areas. It seeks to enhance the quality and reinforce the European dimension of higher education by encouraging transnational cooperation between universities, boosting European mobility and improving the transparency and full academic recognition of studies and qualifications throughout the Union.
The Erasmus programme aims to strengthen the cooperation between higher education institutions of different European countries for the development of common activities, most especially the exchange of students and faculty staff. The cooperation between universities takes place within bilateral agreements which define common principles and procedures.
Currently 2,199 higher education institutions in 31 countries take part in Erasmus. Since the creation of Erasmus in 1987, 1.2 million students have benefited from an Erasmus study period abroad.
Erasmus action is targeted at higher education institutions and their students and staff in all 27 Member States of the European Union and the three countries of the European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway), and Turkey. Since a.y. 2011-2012 Switzerland officially participates in Erasmus.
For more information please visit the Erasmus programme section of the European Union website.
International Exchange programme
University of Lugano also has bilateral agreements with important Universities outside Europe, more precisely in the United States, in Australia, in China and in Singapore.
The application to the International Exchange programme is the same as the application to the Erasmus programme.