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ERASMUS is the EU's flagship education and training program enabling 200 000 students to study and work abroad each year. In addition, it funds co-operation between higher education institutions across Europe. The program supports not only students, but also professors and business staffs who want to teach abroad, as well as helping university staff to receive training.

ERASMUS 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.

ERASMUS consists of many different activities; student and teacher exchanges, joint development of study program (Curriculum Development), international intensive programs, thematic networks between departments and faculties across Europe, language courses (EILC), European credit transfer system (ECTS).

ERASMUS action is targeted at higher education institutions and their students and staff in all 27 Member States of the European Union, the three countries of the European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway), and Turkey.

Currently 2199 higher education institutions in 31 countries are participating in Erasmus. Since the creation of Erasmus in 1987, 1.2 million students have benefited from an Erasmus study period abroad. The Erasmus budget for the year 2004 is more than € 187.5 million.

National Agency

Generally, National Agencies are founded in the participatory countries so as to utilize EU Education and Youth programs by organizing and coordinating activities in cooperation with the relevant parties.

National Agency, a part of State Planning Agency, is responsible for the coordination of the European Union Education Programs in Turkey.

The Centre for EU Education and Youth Program
Mevlana Bulvarı No 181
Balgat 06520, Ankara

Tel:  (90) 312 409 6000
Fax: (90) 312 409 6009