Socrates / Erasmus

The second phase of Socrates, the European education programme started on January 01, 2000 and involves around 30 European countries. Its main objective is to build up a Europe of knowledge and thus provide a better response to the major challenges of this century: to promote life-long learning, encourage access to education for everybody, and help people acquire recognised qualifications and skills. In more specific terms, Socrates seeks to promote language learning , and to encourage mobility and innovation.


Socrates comprises eight actions:

 Comenius: school education,

 Erasmus: higher education,

 Grundtvig: adult education and other education pathways,

 Lingua: learning European languages,

 Minerva: information and communication technologies (ICT) in education,

 Observation and innovation of education systems and policies,

 Joint actions with other European programmes,

 Supplementary measures.


Erasmus - Higher Education

Both students and teaching staff can benefit from Erasmus activities. Erasmus was the first major European programme in the area of higher education. The Erasmus student network is an European wide student network which aims at the support and development of student exchange. It is composed of sections working in Higher Education Institutes (universities, polytechnics, university colleges, etc.). Information on Erasmus grants can be obtained from universities┬┤international relations offices.


Calls for proposals

The annual Call sets out important additional information such as the closing dates for submitting applications and any specific annual priorities. The Guidelines for Applicants and Call for Proposals should therefore be read in conjunction with one another. Together they contain all the information needed in order to apply for Socrates grants. An overview of currently open calls for proposals for Socrates is available via EUROPA.


Information and advice

on the Scorates programme can be given by your respective National agency. The Socrates programme is largely managed by the national agencies in each of the participant countries, which makes it possible to have more direct contact with the public.


Up-dated version of the Brochure "Gateway to education"
For more detailed information on Socrates consult the new brochure: In short or General description.