The Erasmus programme was created in 1987, as a student exchange programme. Although its scope and objectives have broadened in subsequent years, the main idea remains the same, which is to further develop international cooperation between universities. Erasmus name refers to the name of the Dutch philosopher and theologian, a humanist, Erasmus of Rotterdam (1466-1536). Such choice is not without a reason. Erasmus, and other eminent men of the Renaissance period, were educated in many universities across different countries of Europe, and his views on education were marked with a deep humanism.

Erasmus is a programme, which exists for the sake of universities, its students and employees. It supports international cooperation in higher education, enables student mobility abroad, for a part of their studies as well as work experience, promotes the mobility of universities' employees and gives universities a chance to benefit from numerous opportunities to participate in projects with foreign partners. In some cases, Erasmus programme allows for participation of other institutions, organizations or companies, that work in cooperation with universities .

The Erasmus programme ("Lifelong Learning Programme" - 2007-2013) and the new Erasmus + (2014-2020) enable students to benefit from various scholarships and traineeships all over the European Union.

Source: National Agency responsible for the Erasmus Programme 

The offers about many possible trips abroad as well as information about the Erasmus / Erasmus + and other exchange opportunities may be found:

  • on the website of the International Programmes Office at the University of Economics in Cracow;
  • the International Programmes Office ( in the building called 'Stróżówka' ) at the University of Economics in Cracow;
  • the Education Officer (e-mail: erasmus.uek@esn.pl).

All information concerning the recruitment and deadlines can be found at: http://www.bpz.uek.krakow.pl/zasady-rekrutacji.html

Also have a look at http://blogerasmus.pl/  in order to learn what everyday life and studying was like for other foreign exchange participants . Give a like to BLOG Erasmus fanpage on Facebook and stay up to date.