The aim of the Erasmus Program is to increase the quality of the Higher Education in Europe, and strengthen the European Dimension in the Higher Education in Europe. Actually, Erasmus is mostly related with the "mobility of university students". Erasmus is a program funded by European Union (EU), established to link universities in the member states of the European Union.
Erasmus is one of the major branches of the EU- Lifelong Learning Program (LLP) that covers undergraduate and graduate studies in universities.
It would be explanatory to quote from the key objectives of the LLP Program, determined by the LLP Bureau in Brussels:
- To achieve a significant increase in student and staff mobility between European Higher Education Institutions,
- To promote broad and lasting inter-institutional co-operation,
- To contribute to the concept of a people's Europe,
- To contribute to the economic and social development of Europe through the creation of a significant number of higher education graduates with direct experience of intra- European cooperation.
Starting from 2003-2004 academic year, the universities in Turkey who apply to European Commission (EC) for getting Erasmus University Charter (EUC), which gives the right to participate in the activities supported by Erasmus Program, have been eligible to take advantage of the Erasmus activities. Some of these activities are : Student Mobility (SM), Student Placement/Internship, Teaching Staff Mobility (TS) / Staff Training (ST) Mobility, Organisation of Mobility (OM), Thematic Networks (TN), European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), Intensive Programs (IP), Curriculum Development (CD).
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
METU Study Abroad Office: http://ico.metu.edu.tr/