Erasmus+ is the EU programme for education, training, youth and sport. Under the motto "Enriching lives, opening minds", it promotes Europe-wide cooperation in all areas of education. In various programme lines, German higher education institutions have the opportunity to promote the international exchange of their students and university staff, to establish cooperation and partnership programmes and to use a wide-ranging institutional exchange between higher education institutions in Europe and worldwide.
In the new generation of Erasmus programmes, 33 countries are participating as so-called programme countries. In addition to the 27 EU member states, these are Iceland, Liechtenstein, Northern Macedonia, Norway, Serbia and Turkey. The United Kingdom is no longer participating as a programme country after Brexit, but will continue to be listed as a partner country in a programme line for non-EU countries. The measures of the old Erasmus programme generation 2014-2020 with the United Kingdom can still be funded until May 2023. However, as part of the extended international opening of the programme, students in the new programme generation can also go to the UK to a limited extent.
In Germany, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) acts as the National Agency for Erasmus. As one of four national agencies, the DAAD is responsible for implementing the Erasmus programme in the field of higher education.