The Erasmus+ Programme is the EU's grant programme in the fields of education, youth and sports. It supports education, training, internship, professional development, non-formal learning-based youth activities and cooperation between institutions.
Key Action 1: Learning Mobility of Individuals
The Actions supported under this Key Action are expected to bring positive and long-lasting effects on the participants and participating organisations involved, as well as on the policy systems in which such activities are framed.
As regards pupils, students, trainees, apprentices, adult learners and young people, the mobility activities supported under this Key Action are meant to produce one or more of the following outcomes:
improved learning performance;
enhanced employability and improved career prospects;
increased sense of initiative and entrepreneurship;
increased self-empowerment and self-esteem;
improved foreign language and digital competences;
enhanced intercultural awareness;
more active participation in society;
enhanced positive interactions with people from different backgrounds;
better awareness of the European project and the EU values;
increased motivation for taking part in future (formal/non-formal) education or training after the mobility period abroad.
As regards staff, youth workers and professionals involved in education, training and youth, the mobility activities are expected to produce one or more of the following outcomes:
improved competences, linked to their occupational profiles (teaching, training, youth work, etc.);
broader understanding of practices, policies and systems in education, training or youth work across countries;
increased capacity to trigger changes in terms of modernisation and international opening within their
greater understanding of interconnections between formal and non-formal education, vocational training and the labour market respectively;
better quality of their work and activities in favour of students, trainees, apprentices, pupils, adult learners and young people;
greater understanding and responsiveness to all kinds of diversity, e.g. social, ethnic, linguistic, gender and cultural diversity as well as diverse abilities;
increased ability to address the needs of people with fewer opportunities;
increased support for and promotion of mobility activities for learners;
increased opportunities for professional and career development;
improved foreign language and digital competences;
increased motivation and satisfaction in their daily work.
Activities supported under this Action are also expected to produce one or more of the following outcomes on participating organisations:
increased capacity to operate at EU/international level: improved management skills and internationalization strategies; reinforced cooperation with partners from other countries; increased allocation of financial resources (other than EU funds) to organise EU/international projects; increased quality in the preparation, implementation, monitoring and follow up of EU/international projects;
innovative and improved way of operating towards their target groups, by providing for example: more
attractive programmes for students, trainees, apprentices and young people in line with their needs and expectations; improved qualifications of teaching and training staff; improved processes of recognition and
validation of competences gained during learning periods abroad; more effective activities for the benefit of local communities, improved youth work methods and practices to actively involve young people and/or to address disadvantaged groups, etc.;
more modern, dynamic, committed and professional environment inside the organisation: ready to integrate good practices and new methods into daily activities; open to synergies with organisations active in different social, educational and employment fields; planning strategically the professional development of their staff in relation to individual needs and organisational objectives; maintaining communication, knowledge transfer and outreach of improvements if relevant, capable
Key Action 2: Cooperation Among Organisations and Institutions
This Key Action supports:
Partnerships for Cooperation, including Cooperation Partnerships and Small-scale Partnerships;
Partnerships for Excellence, including Centres for Vocational Excellence, Teachers Academy and Erasmus Mundus Action;
Partnerships for Innovation, including Alliances and Forward-looking projects;
Capacity Building projects in the field of youth;
Not-for-profit European sport events.
The Actions supported under this Key Action are expected to contribute significantly to the priorities of the programme, to bring positive and long-lasting effects on the participating organisations, on the policy systems in which such Actions are framed as well as on the organisations and persons directly or indirectly involved in the organised activities.
This Key Action is expected to result in the development, transfer and/or implementation of innovative practices at organisational, local, regional, national or European levels.
Depending on the field addressed and the type of applicant, these actions are managed either by the National Agencies or by the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA).
Key Action 3: Support to Policy Development and Cooperation
Key Action 3 provides support to policy cooperation at European Union level, thereby contributing to the development of new policies, which can trigger modernisation and reforms, at European Union, and systems' level, in the fields of education, training youth and sport. Within KA3 European Youth Together action is supported.
Key Action 3 covers many other Actions in support of policy reform in the education, training and youth fields that are implemented directly by the European Commission or through specific calls for proposals managed by the European Education and Culture Executive Agency. These actions are grouped in the following sections:
Support to European policy development;
Support to union tools and measures that foster the quality, transparency and recognition of skills,
competences and qualifications
Policy dialogue and cooperation with key stakeholders and international organisations
Measures that contribute to the qualitative and inclusive implementation of the programme
Cooperation with other union instruments and support to other union policies
Dissemination and awareness-raising activities
Jean Monnet Actions
The Jean Monnet actions offer opportunities in the field of higher education and in other fields of education and training. The Jean Monnet actions contribute to spread knowledge about the European Union integration matters. The following actions are supported:
Jean Monnet Actions in the field of higher education
Jean Monnet Actions in other fields of education and training
Jean Monnet policy debate (higher education and other fields of education and training)
These actions will be implemented by the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA).
For further details, refer to the programme guide of the relevant year.