Coronavirus impact

This page is for students, pupils, volunteers and other participants in the Erasmus+ programme and European Solidarity Corps. It gives information on how coronavirus is affecting activities, what changes are taking place, and what help is available.

The COVID-19 outbreak negatively affects ongoing or planned activities under the Erasmus+ programme and European Solidarity Corps.

Our response

The European Commission’s main objective is the safety and protection of all Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps participants, while fully respecting all the containment measures taken at national level. The European Commission is working to help beneficiaries and students, pupils, volunteers and other participants in the programmes deal with the consequences for them.

The Commission will continue to adapt its response to this unprecedented situation as it evolves, clarifying and simplifying the application or rules and procedures where necessary in cooperation with Erasmus+ National Agencies and the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA).

May 2020 impact surveys

The European Commission ran two surveys to collect the views of mobility participants and higher education institutions on how the COVID-19 outbreak has affected the ordinary course of their projects and activities respectively.

European Universities Initiative survey results (in English)

Learning mobilities survey results (in English)

Frequently asked questions

Where should I turn with my questions about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Erasmus+ or European Solidarity Corps activities?

Individual participants

Students, teachers, young people, youth workers, volunteers etc., facing difficulties should contact their home institution or organisation. Institutions and organisations should keep an open channel of communication with participants in their projects, even if their premises are closed.

Please be aware that answers to queries on financial matters (refunds, eligibility of costs, conditions for grants, etc.) may take a bit more time due to reduced access to many institutions and organisations.

More questions for participants

Beneficiary organisations

Universities, schools, youth organisations etc. should contact for support the agency which granted their project, either:

  • The National Agency in their respective home country, for most actions of the Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps programmes. National agencies are present in EU Member States as well as North Macedonia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey, Serbia and the United Kingdom
  • The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) for Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps centralised actions, such as Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees, Jean Monnet, European Universities, Centres of Vocational Excellence, Capacity Building, European Youth Together or Volunteering teams in High Priority Areas.

More questions for organisations

Other project partners

Project partners that are not project beneficiaries (universities, schools, youth organisations etc.) should liaise with the coordinator (project beneficiaries) of their project.

See also

Factsheet: practical advice for participants

Wider impact

Information on the European Commission's response to coronavirus

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