About Erasmus+

EU programme for education, training, youth and sport.

Erasmus+ started on 1 January 2014 and replaces current funding programmes run by the European Commission in the area of education, training, youth and sport, including the Lifelong Learning Programme (Erasmus, Comenius, Leonardo, Grundtvig and Transversal), Youth in Action and other international programmes including Jean Monnet and Erasmus Mundus.

The Erasmus+ programme runs from 2014-2020 and supports activities in education, training, youth and sport across all sectors of lifelong learning including higher education, further education, adult education, schools and youth activities.

Aims and objectives of Erasmus+

Erasmus+ aims to boost skills and employability as well as modernise education, training, and youth work across Europe. It has a budget of approximately 14.7 billion euros across Europe and will, over the next seven years, provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain work experience and volunteer abroad and will also support transnational partnerships between education, training and youth organisations, as well as support grassroots sport projects.

A new approach to funding for education and training

The structure of the Erasmus+ programme reflects a need for greater simplification and streamlining. By bringing education, training, youth and sport funding together the European Commission hopes to make funding opportunities more efficient and more accessible.

Erasmus+ is an integrated programme based around five Actions:-

  • Key Action 1 – Mobility of individuals
  • Key Action 2 – Co-operation for innovation and the exchange of good practices
  • Key Action 3 – Support for policy reform
  • Jean Monnet activities
  • Sport

Countries taking part in Erasmus+

Member States of the European Union plus some non-EU Programme Countries can apply for Erasmus+ funding and can fully take part in all any Erasmus+ funded project or activity. Other countries, known as Partner Countries, can participate in some Erasmus+ actions as partners but please check the eligibility criteria for each activity before applying. For a full list of countries, see Participating Countries.