Erasmus+ is the European Union programme for education, youth and sport and is one of the largest funding instruments for periods to be spent abroad and institutional collaboration worldwide. What began in 1987 as a mobility programme for students has, to date, enriched the lives of more than five million participants and indirectly influenced the lives of numerous other people. Exchange, mobility and cooperation make formative experiences possible. Erasmus+ gives the participants the skills they need for independent and fulfilled lives, and supports them in finding their place in our societies and in developing a sense of European identity that completes our national, regional and local identity. But the international experiences of the participants and the institutional collaboration also have advantages for Switzerland as a seat of learning and for its competitiveness.Since 2014, Switzerland has no longer been a programme country of Erasmus+, but a partner country. To enable Swiss institutions to continue taking part in cooperation and mobility activities with the Erasmus+ programme countries, the Federal Council adopted an interim solution financed with Swiss funds. This Swiss programme for Erasmus+ funds the participation of people and institutions from Switzerland (outgoing). In order to offer reciprocity, financial support is also provided for people and institutions from Europe to spend a period of time in Switzerland (incoming).