Erasmus+

About

Opportunities

Set to last until 2020, Erasmus+ doesn't just have opportunities for students. Merging seven prior programmes, it has opportunities for a wide variety of individuals and organisations.

Detailed information on these opportunities, inluding eligiblity criteria, is available in the Erasmus+ Programme Guide. An indicative funding guide for some centralised opportunities is also available.

Read the Erasmus+ factsheet

Individuals

Erasmus+ has opportunities for people of all ages, helping them develop and share knowledge and experience at institutions and organisations in different countries.

Opportunities for individuals

Organisations

Erasmus+ has opportunities for a wide range of organisations, including universities, education and training providers, think-tanks, research organisations, and private businesses.

Opportunities for organisations

 

Aims

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:

Supporting innovation, cooperation and reform

Outcomes

The outcomes of Erasmus+ are available in reports and compendia of statistics, as well as through the Erasmus+ Projects Platform, which includes most of the initiatives funded by the programme, as well as a selection of good practices and success stories.

Statistics

Statistics on Erasmus+ are available from the statistics page.

Information on progress towards the ET2020 benchmarks is available from the Education and Training Monitor.

Progress towards the ET2020 benchmarks can also be seen through a series of interactive maps.

Similarly, information about the situation of young people in Europe can be found in the Youth Monitor.

Reports

The Erasmus+ Programme is the subject of a mid-term review, set to be completed in 2017, and an impact study, set to be published following the completion of the programme in 2020.

Following the completion of the Erasmus programme, an impact study highlighting the outcomes of the programme was published in 2014

Who can take part?

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.

 

Countries


Programme countries

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Cyprus
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom
  • Former Yugoslav Republic
    of Macedonia
  • Iceland
  • Liechtenstein
  • Norway
  • Turkey

Partner countries

Partners countries neighbouring the EU

  • Albania
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Kosovo
  • Montenegro
  • Serbia
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • Georgia
  • Moldova
  • Territory of Ukraine as recognised by international law
  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Palestine
  • Syria
  • Tunisia
  • Territory of Russia as recognised by international law

Other partner countries

  • Andorra
  • Monaco
  • San Marino
  • Vatican City State
  • Switzerland
  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • DPR Korea
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Laos
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mongolia
  • Myanmar
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Sri Lanka
  • Thailand and Vietnam
  • Kazakstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkmenistan
  • Uzbekistan
  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Yemen
  • South Africa
  • Angola
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Botswana
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • Cape Verde
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Congo - Democratic Republic of the
  • Cook Islands
  • Djibouti
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Fiji
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Grenada
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Ivory Coast
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Micronesia- Federated States of
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Niue
  • Palau
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Kitts And Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Swaziland
  • Timor Leste - Democratic Republic of
  • Tanzania
  • Togo
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Vanuatu
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
  • Bahrain
  • Kuwait
  • Oman
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Australia
  • Brunei
  • Canada
  • Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • (Republic of) Korea
  • Macao
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan
  • United States of America

How is it managed?

The Erasmus+ programme is managed by the European Commission (the EU's executive body), the Education, Audiovisual, and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), a series of National Agencies in Programme countries, and a series of National Offices in some Partner countries.

 

The European Commission

The European Commission handles the overall management of the programme, including:

  • Managing the budget
  • Setting the priorities
  • Identifying the programme's targets and criteria
  • Monitoring and guiding the implementation
  • Follow-up and evaluation of the programme

The Education, Audiovisual, and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European Commission is in charge of managing the "centralised" elements of the programme, including:

  • Promoting the programme and opportunities
  • Launching calls for proposals
  • Reviewing grant requests
  • Contracting and monitoring projects
  • Communicating on results

The EACEA and Commission also carry out studies and research, as well as managing and financing the other bodies and networks supported by Erasmus+.

Detailed information on the management of Erasmus+ is available in the Annual Work Programmes published by the European Commission.

The National Agencies

In the EU countries, the Commission entrusts much of the management of Erasmus+ to National Agencies. Outside the EU, and specifically in the field of higher education, this role is filled by the National Erasmus+ Offices.

The Commission provides funding to the National Agencies, who use these funds to manage the programme's "decentralised" activities. This allows the Agencies to adapt the programme to suit their national education, training, and youth systems.

The National Agencies are responsible for:

  • Providing information on the programme
  • Reviewing applications submitted in their country
  • Monitoring and evaluating the implementation of the programme in their country
  • Supporting people and organisations taking part in Erasmus+
  • Promoting the programme and its activities at a local and national level

These Agencies also support beneficiaries of the programme from the application stage to the end of a project. They also work with beneficiaries and other organisations to support EU policy in areas supported by the programme.

National Erasmus+ Offices

Outside the EU, in the partner countries participating in Erasmus+ in the area of higher education, much of the work of the National Agencies is carried out by National Erasmus+Offices. These offices are the focal point for anyone intending to take part in Erasmus+, and are responsible for:

  • Providing information on the programme and who can take part
  • Advising and assisting potential applicants
  • Monitoring Erasmus+ projects
  • Supporting policy dialogue, studies, and events
  • Maintaining contacts with experts and local authorities
  • Monitoring policy developments

Other bodies

There are various other organisations that also support the programme, including:

Key figures: Erasmus+ (2014-2020)

Overall budget

€14.7 billion

In addition, € 1.68 billion for funding actions with third countries (partner countries) have been made available through the EU's external action budget.

Overall mobility opportunities

More than 4 million people

Higher Education

Around 2 million students

Vocational Education and Training students

Around 650,000 students

Staff mobility

Around 800,000 lecturers, teachers, trainers, Education staff and Youth workers

Volunteer and Youth exchange schemes

More than 500,000 young people

Master's degree loan guarantee scheme

Around 200,000 students

Joint Master Degrees

More than 25,000 students

Strategic Partnerships

Around 25,000 linking together
125 000 schools, vocational Education and Training institutions, higher and adult Education institutions, Youth organisations and enterprises

Knowledge Alliances

More than 150 set up by 1500 higher Education institutions and enterprises

Sector Skills Alliances

More than 150 set up by 2000 vocational Education and Training providers and enterprises

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