Adult Education


Erasmus+ supports training assignments at adult education organisations abroad.

These opportunities can consist of structured courses, training periods abroad, job shadowing or observation periods at schools or other relevant organisations.

Examples of such organisations include adult learning centres, higher education institutions, public bodies, research institutes and organisations providing courses and training.

More information for adult learning professionals is available through the Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe (EPALE).


A training assignment must last a minimum of 2 days and cannot last more than 2 months. This excludes travelling time.


To train abroad with Erasmus+, your organisation must apply to participate in a mobility project.

Adult education staff mobility is framed within the European Development Plan of the sending organisations aimed at modernising and internationalising their mission. The mobility project must set out your professional development goals as a member of staff and make sure that what you learn is both properly recognised and shared throughout your institution.

Financial support

EU grants are designed to cover your costs for travel and subsistence during your time abroad and courses fees if necessary, as well as offering organisational support to participating organisations.

Though EU-funded, grants are managed by the adult education organisations involved and they are responsible for making payments to individuals.

How to apply

You cannot apply for a grant as an individual. Applications must be made by adult education institutions who in turn select candidates for training assignments abroad from their staff.

The selection of staff to train abroad should be fair, transparent and well documented.

Find out more

Ask within your adult education organisation to find out if these opportunities are available to you.

The Erasmus+ Programme Guide also offers detailed information on these opportunities:

  • Consult Section B for award criteria, eligibility criteria, and funding rules

The National Agencies can help with queries and applications.

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