Erasmus+ is the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport. It runs for seven years, from 2014 to 2020, with organisations invited to apply for funding each year for life-changing activities.
Erasmus+ aims to modernise education, training and youth work across Europe. It is open to education, training, youth and sport organisations across all sectors of lifelong learning, including school education, further and higher education, adult education and the youth sector. Through Erasmus+:
- Young people can study, volunteer and gain work experience abroad, to develop new skills, gain vital international experience and boost their employability
- Staff can teach or train abroad, to develop their professional practice, build relationships with international peers, and gain fresh ideas
- UK organisations can collaborate with international partners, to drive innovation, share best practice, and offer new opportunities to young people.
Around €1 billion is reserved specifically for Erasmus+ projects led by UK-based organisations.
How can Erasmus+ help you?
Erasmus+ offers exciting opportunities for UK participants to study, work, volunteer, teach and train abroad in Europe. It is aimed at students, trainees, apprentices, pupils, adult learners, young people, volunteers, professors, teachers, trainers, youth workers and professionals of organisations active in the education, training and youth sector.
Taking part in the programme helps you to develop personally and professionally; you will gain valuable international experience, broaden your horizons, experience new cultures and discover new ways of working. Erasmus+ is of particular benefit to young people who can learn new skills to improve their employability, acquire life skills, and develop their confidence.
Where can I go?
Europe is such a diverse and exciting region – culturally, historically, politically and geographically – you are bound to find somewhere that suits your learning or training needs. With 33 participating Programme Countries to choose from, you could be travelling to the midnight sun of Iceland or the eastern markets of Istanbul.
Outside of the UK, there are 27 EU countries, including their Overseas Countries and Territories, and five non-EU countries (Iceland, Norway, Turkey, Liechtenstein and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) where you can go during your Erasmus+ project. It may also be possible to go to additional ‘Partner Countries’, depending on the sector and Key Action.