About Erasmus+

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. 

From 2014 to 2017, 3982 Erasmus+ grants were awarded to UK organisations, worth around €571 million in total. See Funding results for more information.  

In 2019, €187 million is reserved specifically for UK organisations, up from €170 million in 2018. UK organisations can also apply for additional funding streams (called ‘centralised’ activities), managed by the European Commission’s Executive Agency. 

Find out more about how Erasmus+ is run.

Erasmus+ in the UK

The Department for Education oversees Erasmus+ in the UK. The programme is managed by the UK National Agency which is a partnership between the British Council and Ecorys UK. We work to deliver the programme for the benefit of participating UK organisations, and the individuals who are able to study, train, volunteer or gain work experience abroad through the programme.

You can find out more on our New to Erasmus+ webpage, including an overview of the programme and the funding opportunities for 2019. You can also download our our brochures and refer to our Key resources page.

You can find the latest information on the UK’s participation in the Erasmus+ programme on our 'Brexit Update' webpage.