More Erasmus grants available for Latin American students

February 6, 2014

Funding Scheme: 2014-02-06

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The 9th International Congress of Higher Education, that will take place in Havana, Cuba, from 10-14 February, marks an opportunity to highlight the role played by the EU in providing opportunities for Latin American students to study in Europe. The new Erasmus + programme will increase the number of EU grants available for Latin American students. The Congress will also allow the Commission to underline the work accomplished under the EU bilateral relationship with Cuba.


Since 2004, more than 8 000 students and staff from Latin America have benefitted from grant support from the EU to study or train in European universities through the Erasmus Mundus programme, which is now integrated into Erasmus+.

Students wishing to study in Europe for a few months can apply through their university for a ‘credit mobility’ grant. EU scholarships are also available for students on a full-time, two-year joint Master’s programme, delivered by two or more universities: 25 000 grants will be available worldwide. Similarly, doctoral candidates from Latin America can apply for three-year fellowships funded by the EU’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (15 000 in total worldwide). Over 3 000 Latin American researchers have received funding from this scheme since 2004.

Erasmus+ will also continue to support projects aimed at modernising universities in Latin America through partnerships with institutions in Europe. This objective was previously funded under the EU’s ALFA (América Latina Formación Académica) programme, which has invested €160 million on capacity building in the Latin America higher education sector since 2004. Institutions from more than 18 countries in Latin America have been involved in over a thousand different projects


Nearly 3 000 representatives from universities and Ministries worldwide are expected to attend the 9th International Congress of Higher Education at the Palacio de Convenciones in Havana, with the theme: “For a Socially Responsible University”.

During her trip to Cuba, Commissioner Vassiliou will visit the EU-funded project to restore ‘El Palacio del Segundo Cabo’, a historical palace in Old Havana, and a workshop for adolescents which is part of an EU-funded project with Havana city’s historian office.

Since 2008, the EU has provided more than €86 million for cooperation programmes in Cuba and at present there are 50 EU-funded projects ongoing or about to start. The main objective of EU cooperation is to contribute to the sustainable economic and social development of the island. Priorities include food security, environment, adaptation to climate change and exchange of expertise, training and studies. Another key area for cooperation is culture and heritage.

Commissioner Vassiliou will also visit the National Ballet School, and meet Roberto Leon Richard, acting President of the national Sports and Recreation Institute.

Proposed EU-Cuba Co-operation Agreement

The European Commission adopted a proposal to the Council for negotiating directives on a bilateral political dialogue and co-operation agreement with Cuba in April 2013. The proposed negotiation directives have been discussed by EU Member States in Council working groups.

Ministers will consider whether to adopt the negotiating directives at the next Foreign Affairs Council, which takes place in Brussels on 10 February.

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