About Erasmus+

Erasmus+ is the new 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 will run 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

A new structure has been proposed for the Erasmus+ programme to reflect a need for greater simplification and streamlining. By bringing together a range of different programmes and initiatives the European Commission hopes to make their funding opportunities more efficient and more accessible.

Erasmus+ will be an integrated programme which means that it will be based around Actions. Some activities funded under the Lifelong Learning and Youth in Action Programmes will disappear; others will be translated into the new Erasmus+ structure.

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.

What funding is available?

Find out more about specific EU funding opportunities and funding priorities for each of the following fields:

Have you already participated in the Lifelong Learning and Youth in Action programmes?

The Erasmus+ programme will be recognisable to those already involved in the current Lifelong Learning and Youth in Action programmes, as the majority of activities have continued in some form.