The Erasmus Program, created in 1987, is the biggest student exchange initiative in the world, and it already counts with around 3 million participants.
About 90% of the European Higher Education Institutions are included in this Program, which is present in the 27 Member States of the European Union, in the 3 countries that are part of the European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway), Turkey, Switzerland and Croatia.
The Erasmus program has as its main objectives the development of high quality learning, the exploration of other learning offerings available at other institutions and promotion of an international character to the provided learning.
ESSSM participates in this Program for the first time in the 2013-2014 school year. The implementation of the Erasmus Program at ESSSM is the responsibility of the Office of International Relations and Cooperation (GRIC).
Erasmus is promoted through the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Education and Culture (http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/education_culture/). The program management is decentralized, with the National Agency for the Management of the Lifelong Learning Program (PROALV) (http://pt-europa.proalv.pt) as the responsible for the implementation of the Erasmus Program in Portugal.