What is Erasmus Mundus?

Erasmus Mundus is a cooperation and mobility programme in the field of higher education that aims to enhance the quality of European higher education and to promote dialogue and understanding between people and cultures through cooperation with Third-Countries. In addition, it contributes to the development of human resources and the international cooperation capacity of Higher education institutions in Third Countries by increasing mobility between the European Union and these countries.

The Erasmus Mundus programme provides support to:

  • Higher education institutions that wish to implement joint programmes at postgraduate level or to set-up inter-institutional cooperation partnerships between universities from Europe and targeted Third-Countries
  • Individual students, researchers and university staff who wish to spend a study / research / teaching period in the context of one of the above mentioned joint programmes or cooperation partnerships
  • Any organisation active in the field of higher education that wishes to develop projects aimed at enhancing the attractiveness, profile, visibility and image of European higher education worldwide


The Erasmus Mundus 2009-2013 programme is implemented by the Executive Agency Education, Audiovisual and Culture (EACEA). The Erasmus Mundus is a cooperation and mobility programme in the field of higher education for:

• the enhancement of quality in European higher education;
• the promotion of the European Union as a centre of excellence in learning around the world;
• the promotion of intercultural understanding through cooperation with Third Countries as well as for the development of Third Countries in the field of higher education.

Action 2

The EU SATURN programme falls under the plans for Erasmus Mundus Action 2, the second phase of exchange and scholarships since the programme began. Erasmus Mundus Action 2 provides:

  1. Support for the establishment of cooperation partnerships between European higher education institutions and higher education institutions from targeted Third Countries with the objective of organising and implementing structured individual mobility arrangements between the European and Third Country partners.
  2. Scholarships of various lengths - depending on the priorities defined for the Third Country concerned, the level of studies or the particular arrangements agreed within the partnership - for European* and Third-Country individuals (students, scholars, researchers, professionals).

 * The possibility to award scholarships to European individuals depends on the financial instrument used to fund the cooperation activities with the Third Country concerned. Applicants are invited to refer to the annual Call for Proposals for detailed information applicable to Action 2 cooperation activities with individual Third Countries. In the particular case of EU-SATURN, 100% of the mobility flows are from South Africa to Europe.

Erasmus Mundus Students and Alumni Association

The Erasmus Mundus programme offers not just great opportunities in your chosen academic field, but by joining the Erasmus Mundus programme you will also get access to a global network of EM alumni!

The main goals of the EMA are to:

  • To offer an international professional and personal network for Erasmus Mundus students and graduates;
  • To promote Erasmus Mundus as a European programme of excellence and contribute to the successful internationalisation of higher education;
  • To foster international careers of Erasmus Mundus graduates;
  • To provide a channel of communication for students, alumni, universities and the European Commission;
  • To give potential students recommendations based on the experience of previous generations;

Who can join the Association?

  • newly accepted students of Erasmus Mundus Master or PhD Programmes who have received an acceptance letter;
  • current students and graduates of Erasmus Mundus Master or PhD Programmes.

For more details, click here:

EMA Home Page: http://www.em-a.eu/en/home.html

EMA African Chapter: http://www.em-a.eu/en/ema/our-regional-chapters/african-chapter.html



The EU-SATURN programme is coordinated by the University of Groningen (The Netherlands) and the University of the Free State (South Africa). The team members responsible for the EU Saturn... > Read more