Erasmus plus

  • Education, Training, Culture and Youth
  • Employment and Social Affairs
BUDGET: €14.774,52 million (current prices); € 13.010,0 million (2011 prices)

Erasmus+ aims at boosting skills and employability. The programme will increase the quality and relevance of Europe’s education systems by providing funding for the professional development of education and training staff, as well as youth workers and for cooperation between universities, colleges, schools, enterprises, and not-for-profit organizations.


The Programme pursues the following specific objectives:

  • To improve the level of key competences and skills regarding in particular their relevance for the labour market and society, as well as the participation of young people in democratic life in Europe, notably through increased learning mobility opportunities for young people, learners, staff and youth workers, and through strengthened cooperation between education youth and the world of labour market;
  • To foster quality improvements, innovation excellence and internationalisation at the level of educational institutions, as well as in youth work, notably through enhanced transnational cooperation between education and training providers/youth organisations and other stakeholders;
  • To promote the emergence of a European lifelong learning area, trigger policy reforms at national level, support the modernisation of education and training systems, including non-formal learning, and support European cooperation in the youth field, notably through enhanced policy cooperation, better use of recognition and transparency tools and the dissemination of good practices;
  • To enhance the international dimension of education, training and youth notably in higher education by increasing the attractiveness of the Union higher education institutions and supporting the Union external action, including its development objectives through the promotion of mobility and cooperation between EU and third country higher education institutions and targeted capacity building in third countries;
  • To improve the teaching and learning of languages and promote linguistic diversity;
  • To promote excellence in teaching and research activities in European integration through the Jean Monnet activities worldwide. Specific objectives in the area of sport:
  • To tackle transnational threats to sport such as doping, match fixing, violence, racism and intolerance;
  • To support good governance in sport and dual careers of athletes;
  • To promote social inclusion, equal opportunities and health-enhancing physical activity through increased participation in sport.

Individuals Education Institutions Youth organisations Enterprises Local authority Regional authority Non-profit organization.


Member States Iceland Liechtenstein Norway Switzerland Accession countries, candidate countries and potential candidates Countries from the Western Balkans.


 Learning mobility of individuals – supported actions:

  • Transnational mobility of higher education and vocational training students as well as of young people involved in non-formal activities between the participating countries.
  • Transnational mobility of staff, within the participating countries. Cooperation for innovation and good practices II. Cooperation for innovation and good practices – supported actions: 
  • Transnational strategic partnerships between organisations involved in education, training and/or youth activities or other relevant sectors developing and implementing joint initiatives and promoting exchanges of experience and know-how; 
  • Transnational partnerships between enterprises and education institutions
  • IT support platforms, including e-Twinning, covering educational sectors and youth allowing peer learning, virtual mobility and exchanges of best practices and opening access for participants from neighbour countries.
  • Development, capacity building, regional integration, knowledge exchanges and modernisation processes through partnerships between Union and third countries higher education institutions as well as in the youth sector. III.

Support for policy reform – supported actions:

  • Activities related to the implementation of the Union policy agenda on education, training and youth (Open Methods of Coordination), as well as the Bologna and Copenhagen processes and the structured dialogue with young people;
  • Implementation in participating countries of Union transparency tools, in particular Europass, the European Qualifications Framework (EQF), European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS), European Credit system for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) and the support to EU-wide networks;
  • Policy dialogue with relevant European stakeholders in the area of education, training and youth, European Youth Forum, the National Academic Recognition Centres (NARIC), the Eurydice, Euroguidance and Eurodesk networks, as well as the eTwinning National Support Centres, the Europass National Centres, and the National Information Offices in the neighbourhood countries and acceding countries, candidate countries and potential candidates not fully participating in the programme IV. Jean Monnet activities – supported actions: promote teaching and research on European integration world-wide among specialist academics, learners and citizens, notably through the creation of Jean Monnet Chairs and other academic activities, as well as by providing aid for other knowledge-building activities at higher education institutions;
  • Support the activities of academic institutions or associations active in the field of European integration studies and support a Jean Monnet label for excellence; 
  • Support the following European academic institutions pursuing an aim of European interest: the European University Institute of Florence and the College of Europe (Bruges and Natolin campuses); 
  • Promote policy debate and exchanges between the academic world and policymakers on Union policy priorities. V. Sport area - supported activities 
  • Support to transnational collaborative projects; 
  • Support to non-commercial European sport events involving several European countries; 
  • Support the strengthening of the evidence base for policy making ; 
  • Support to capacity building of sport organisations; 
  • Dialogue with relevant European stakeholders.

The maximum EU co-financing rate will be from 50% to 80%.

  • Students, young people,
  • Teachers and staff education/training institutions,
  • European stakeholders in the area of education,
  • Training and youth
RESPONSIBLE BODY: DG Education and Culture
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