Erasmus+ is an EU program in the fields of education, training, youth and sport for the period 2021-2027. Erasmus + has been developed to support the efforts of countries participating in the Program (program countries) to internationalise education and the establishment of a common educational area, the promotion of lifelong learning through the support of formal, non-formal and independent learning in all areas of education, training and working with the youth. The 2021-2027 programme places a strong focus on social inclusion, the green and digital transitions, and promoting young people’s participation in democratic life.

In addition, the program expands its opportunities for cooperation and mobility with program partner countries by extending its focus from higher education to vocational education and training, school education (including early childhood education and care), adult education, youth, and sport.

It supports priorities and activities set out in the European Education Area, Digital Education Action Plan and the European Skills Agenda. The programme also

  • supports the European Pillar of Social Rights
  • implements the EU Youth Strategy 2019-2027
  • develops the European dimension in sport

The University of Shumen has the potential to participate in the following structural components of the Erasmus+ in the field of higher education:

Key Action 1: Mobility of Individuals

This key action provides support for:

  • mobility of students (and PhD students) and staff members: enables students and PhD students to undergo part-time studies or gain professional experience in another country; Mobility of university lecturers for teaching or training at foreign educational institutions; for employees of the educational institution wishing to undergo training and to get acquainted with good practices in foreign institutions;

Key Action 2: Cooperation among Organisations and Institutions

This Key Action supports:

  • Partnerships for Cooperation, including Cooperation Partnerships;
  • Partnerships for Excellence, including Centres for Vocational Excellence and Erasmus Mundus Action;
  • Partnerships for Innovation, including Alliances and Forward-looking projects;
  • Capacity Building projects in the fields of higher education, vocational education and training, youth and sport;
  • Not-for-profit European sport events
  • Support platforms such as eTwinning, School Education Portal, European Platform for Adult Learning (EPALE) and European Youth Portal providing virtual collaborative spaces, databases containing information about opportunities, communities of practitioners and other online services provided to educators, instructors and practitioners in the field of school education and adult education, as well as for young people, volunteers and youth workers from across Europe and other regions.