The European Commission has introduced a new Erasmus+ mobile app that will be valid in all EU countries as part of efforts to make this program more digital.
Such an app would provide a digital European student card for every student and be available in all languages, TheSchengen.com reports.
“I am glad that the interface of our flagship program for young people, Erasmus+, is becoming more like them. More digital, more mobile and more community-oriented. The new app and the student card included with it symbolize the European Education Area that we stand for,” noted the Vice President for Promotion European Lifestyle, Margaritis Schinas.
The Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Maria Gabriel, welcomed the decision saying the paper officially belongs to the past.
“This new Erasmus app will be a one-stop shop for Erasmus+ mobile students. Having all the information at your fingertips means less stress, less time spent on administrative requirements and more flexibility. Moreover, the European Student Card, available through the app, is an important step towards A true European educational area,” stressed Maria Gabriel in this regard.
She also emphasized that it is “one in which every student feels included and has access to the same services and the same recognition of their educational background.”
Nowadays, more than 4000 universities are included in Erasmus without the paper network, which helps them to save and exchange data more efficiently.
The committee announced that the new app will be available on both Android and iOS platforms, allowing students to choose their destinations from among their universities’ partners.
Besides, they will also be eligible to sign the online learning agreement and discover useful events and tips related to their destination. They can also contact other students, attend cultural activities or visit museums by obtaining a European Student Card.
The European Commission also announced that following the Digital Education Action Plan, the new Erasmus+ program will continue for six years, from 2021 until 2027, to support the development of digital skills and help European education systems become more digital.
In addition, the Erasmus+ program will also provide support for the resilience of education and training systems.
Previously, MEPs approved the 2021-2027 Erasmus+ version that helps adult learners to continue their studies in European countries for more than six months.
In May this year, a European student-led initiative, known as Erasmus by Train, urged Erasmus+ to include free interrail tickets in an effort to achieve Erasmus’ sustainability goals.