The Lifelong Learning Programme covers the period 2007-2013, and is the successor to the Socrates, Leonardo da Vinci and eLearning programmes. Its aim is to support projects and activities that foster interchange, cooperation and mobility between education and training systems within the EU. The Lifelong Learning Programme is built on four pillars (Comenius, Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, Grundtvig).
The Erasmus Programme is designed for the area of higher education. The University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague, joined the Erasmus programme on the first possible occasion, i.e. in the academic year 1998-1999.
The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) was designed by the European Commission to enable students to pursue part of their studies abroad; it helps partner universities to compare and mutually accredit their study programmes.
It is based on the comparison of particular requirements concerning individual subjects and takes into account the time needed by each student to pass an examination in the given subject (i.e. time devoted to lectures, seminars, and self-study).
ECTS makes it easier for students to choose from study programmes offered by partner schools abroad. Students may use the ECTS system provided that they themselves, their home university and the partner university abroad approve the suggested study programme.
Students who have successfully completed given study programme abroad may continue their studies with no difficulties, because their study period abroad (and their credits) will be included into their records at their home university.