Erasmus+ App

Erasmus+ App

The Erasmus+ App is a mobile application for Erasmus+ participants which will guide users through their mobility process and will constitute a single point of access to available online tools.

Started: 2017

Funding: Erasmus+ 30 Year Anniversary

Project budget: Co-funded by the EUF and the European Commission

Length: 1 year

In 2017, the Erasmus Programme celebrates its 30th anniversary and sets a significant milestone for Europe’s best known initiative, which already since 2014 brings together multiple programmes in the fields of education, training and youth under the umbrella of Erasmus+.  At the same time, 2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, offering a perfect opportunity to reflect on the progress achieved through European integration as well as on the future that can be built.

In this framework, the EUF is developing a mobile application with the aim to accompany the user from the application phase of the mobility to the return to their home country. The app provides information on the Erasmus+ programme opportunities for individuals and features multiple functionalities which work as facilitators throughout different states of mobility. The objective of the project is to render mobility easy, accessible and at arm’s reach for every user while promoting innovation and digitalisation in the long run.  

The collaborative approach promoted by the European University Foundation and the Erasmus Student Network aims to integrate existing IT infrastructures in the field of learning mobility into the Erasmus+ App. This will make the app as relevant as possible for individual beneficiaries, in the short time-frame available for development, it will help to streamline information and processes as well as to avoid redundancy with already existing tools.

The envisaged structure of the app consists of the following:

  • Structured information on the existing Erasmus+ programmes under KA1
  • Top-tips for living away from home (general, country specific and city specific)
  • Interactive checklists with a step by step guide throughout a mobility period
  • Integration with the Online Learning Agreement
  • A feed for news and local events and activities
  • Integration with the Online Linguistic Support Platform

The project is based on a LEAN software development approach, which allows for quality assurance to be carried out on a continuous basis within short development cycles. The development is based on the assumption that the functionalities and final outcomes might be different than the ones initially planned, based on the feedback of end-users of the app and the changes of context/priorities of the stakeholders.

The first release of the Erasmus+ App is planned for mid-June, during a 30-year anniversary celebration event to be held in Strasbourg by the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Mr Tibor Navracsics. Two more releases are planned for October and December 2017, where more features will be added to the app.