In the new Erasmus+ programme generation 2021-2027, the focus topics are digitalization, Green Erasmus, inclusion and civic engagement. Therefore, there are also so-called top-ups for trainees in certain areas.
For universities participating in the Erasmus+ program, this means that in addition to applying for and supporting environmentally friendly measures, they must also take steps themselves to reduce the negative impact of mobility on the environment. The European Commission will therefore support environmentally friendly “green” travel in the Erasmus+ program with financial grants from program funds in the future.
Students who use environmentally friendly means of transport to travel to and from their destinations will be eligible for the Top-up for Green Travel, worth a total of 50 euros. Low-emission modes of transportation include train, bus and carpooling. You are entitled to the additional amount if more than half of the trip is made by a low-emission mode of transport.
You can also claim additional travel days for green travel if those days are needed for travel to and/or from your destination. Up to four travel days may be funded per stay. Travel days count toward the funded duration, but not toward the minimum duration.
To ensure equal and equitable access to the program and equal opportunities for participants from all backgrounds, universities are encouraged to provide the best possible support to participants with potential barriers. The “fewer opportunities” group of participants will be supported in their endeavors through financial grants from programme funds. The additional support (“fewer opportunities” Top-Up) for persons with fewer opportunities is given to:
Persons with a disability.
Persons with a chronic illness, if this results in increased financial expenses during the stay abroad (in comparison to the stay in the
Students with child(ren) who take the child or children with them on the Erasmus+ stay.
In the case of an ERASMUS+ funded internship, there is the possibility of additional financial support, which can be granted in particular to participants with physical, mental or health impairments. The inclusion support covers additional costs that participants with disabilities or chronic illnesses incur in the course of the mobility or during the stay abroad and which cannot be covered by the top-up for participants with fewer opportunities (total amount based on the duration of the stay).
Further priorities of the new ERASMUS+ programme generation
In order to further advance the digitization process of the Erasmus+ programme, project promoters have committed themselves by signing the ECHE (Erasmus Charter for Higher Education) to take timely measures that ensure the implementation of the minimum requirements for the digital management of mobility. In addition, digital learning and exchange formats are supported with the promotion of "blended mobility " and "blended intensive programs ".
In order to strengthen democratic participation and civic engagement in civil society, universities are encouraged to support and organize activities that enable students to become civically engaged and actively participate in their local society.