What is Erasmus?

Erasmus+ is the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport. It runs for seven years, from 2014 to 2020, with organisations invited to apply for funding each year for life-changing activities. Erasmus+ aims to modernise education, training and youth work across Europe. It is open to education, training, youth and sport organisations across all sectors of lifelong learning, including school education, further and higher education, adult education and the youth sector.

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Overview and Goals

The aim of Erasmus+ is to contribute to the Europe 2020 strategy for growth, jobs, social equity and inclusion, as well as the aims of ET2020, the EU’s strategic framework for education and training. Erasmus+ also aims to promote the sustainable development of its partners in the field of higher education, and contribute to achieving the objectives of the EU Youth Strategy.

Specific issues tackled by the programme include:

  •     Reducing unemployment, especially among young people
  •     Promoting adult learning, especially for new skills and skills required by the labour market.
  •     Encouraging young people to take part in European democracy
  •     Supporting innovation, cooperation and reform
  •     Reducing early school leaving
  •     Promoting cooperation and mobility with the EU’s partner countries

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Erasmus+ Actions

Key Action 1: Mobility of Individuals

This Action is all about providing opportunities for individuals to improve their skills, enhance their employability and gain cultural awareness.

Under Key Action 1 organisations can apply for funding to run mobility projects to enable organisations to offer structured study, work experience, job shadowing, volunteering, training and teaching opportunities to staff and learners.

Beneficiaries are able to spend a period of time in another participating country gaining valuable experience of life, study and work with the aim of increasing the opportunities available to them in the future. Find more

Key Action 2: Cooperation for Innovation and Exchange of Good Practices

The actions under KA2 make it possible for organisations from different participating countries to work together, to develop, share and transfer best practices and innovative approaches in the fields of education, training and youth. Under Key Action 2 organisations can apply for funding to work in partnership with organisations from other participating countries. Find more

Key Action 3: Support for Policy Reform

This Key Action covers any type of activity aimed at supporting and facilitating the modernisation of education and training systems. Key Action 3 provides grants for a wide variety of actions aimed at stimulating innovative policy development, policy dialogue and implementation, and the exchange of knowledge in the fields of education, training and youth. Find more

Jean Monnet activities

Jean Monnet Activities are designed to promote excellence in teaching and research in the field of European Union studies worldwide. The activities also foster the dialogue between the academic world and policy-makers, in particular with the aim of enhancing governance of EU policies. Jean Monnet activities cover the field of higher education only. Find more

Sport

Erasmus+ Sport aims at tackling cross-border threats to the integrity of sport, such as doping, match fixing and violence, as well as all kinds of intolerance and discrimination; it also aims at promoting and supporting good governance in sport and dual careers of athletes; Additionally, it promotes voluntary activities in sport, together with social inclusion, equal opportunities and awareness of the importance of health-enhancing physical activity, through increased participation in, and equal access to sport for all. Find more

Beneficiaries

Who can participate in the Erasmus+ Programme?

Erasmus+ is open to many individuals and organisations, although eligibility varies from one action to another and from one country to another.

Individuals can take part in many of the opportunities funded by Erasmus+, although most will have to do so through an organisation taking part in the programme. The eligibility of individuals and organisations depends on the country in which they are based.

Eligible countries are divided into two groups, Programme countries and Partners countries. Although Programme countries are eligible for all actions of Erasmus+, Partner countries can only take part in some, and are subject to specific conditions.

More information on eligibility is available on the pages for specific opportunities (both for individuals and organisations),

as well as the Programme Guide.