Information for students and university staff

ECHE 2014 – 2020

Internationalisation Strategy

EUC: 263147-IC-1-2013-1-DE-ERASMUS-EUCX-1

Erasmus+, the EU support programme for general and professional education and training, youth and sport, provides new perspectives in the years from 2014 to 2020 for the mobility of students and, doing so, supports young people and learners in the acquisition of competencies relevant for their work and intercultural skills. In this way, Erasmus+ supports the cooperative European and international education and training efforts and assists the participating countries in the modernisation of their education and training systems.

Currently, the 28 Member States of the EU, as well as Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Turkey and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia participate in Erasmus+. These states represent the "programme countries". One of the new aspects in the Erasmus+ programme consists of the fact that by now there are also numerous support options for exchange programmes with institutions in the field of university education from so-called "partner countries", such as for instance Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, or Israel.

The Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE) is the general framework for quality in the European and international cooperative efforts by university institutions. The IPU received the University Charter by letter dated 14.05.2013 for the ERASMUS+ programme period (2014–2020). The awarding of this charter obliges the IPU Berlin to comply with the internationally set principles on international mobility for students and scientists. The individual elements are embedded in the IPU Berlin's university strategy on its internationalisation.

The central aspects of the IPU Berlin's university strategy on its internationalisation are:

  • Expansion of the international higher-education contacts via institutional partnerships
  • Increase in the opportunities for periods of study abroad for students and scientists
  • Expansion of the international compatibility of study and examination achievements via the ECTS credit point system and modularisation
  • Introduction of mobility windows
  • Support for a project-related funding policy in order to develop innovative international projects
  • Expansion of shared international study courses

The 2014–2020 Erasmus University Charter and the accompanying statement by the IPU Berlin on its university policy are available here:

The Erasmus Student Charter (in the version dated June 2014) is available here: