The Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE) provides the general quality framework for European and international cooperation activities a higher education institution (HEI) may carry out within the Erasmus+ Programme.
It is an eligibility requirement for UK universities and other organisations whose core work is in the field of higher education to hold the ECHE in order to apply for Erasmus+ funding and take part in Erasmus+ projects.
The current ECHE runs from 2014 until the end of 2020. There are over 200 HEIs in the UK holding an ECHE – please see the current list of ECHE holders.
A Call for Proposals for the award of the ECHE is held annually.
UK participation in the future programme 2021 – 2027 is subject to ongoing negotiations between the UK government and the European Union. The UK does not have an eligible status for applications for the new Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (2021-2027). This is because the eligibility criteria states that Higher Education Institutions must be established in a member state of the European Union or alternatively in a country that has third country associated status to the Erasmus+ programme.
The current Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (2014-2020) covers any Erasmus+ projects funded under the 2020 Call and previous call years, including where activities take place beyond 2020.
HEIs in other countries
Before applying for Erasmus+ funding or participating in Erasmus+ projects, HEIs in other programme countries must first ensure that they have signed the ECHE.
For HEIs located in partner countries, the ECHE is not required. The quality framework will be established through inter-institutional agreements between HEIs.