Schools funding

Erasmus+ is the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport, which runs from 2014 to 2020. Through Erasmus+, UK schools can access funding for life-changing international activities:

  • Pupils can take part in international exchanges and study experiences: to develop new skills, raise their aspirations and gain vital international experience
  • Staff can teach, train or job shadow abroad: to develop their professional practice, build relationships with international peers and gain fresh ideas
  • Schools can collaborate with international partners: to drive innovation, share best practice, and offer new opportunities to young people.

In 2018, the budget available for UK schools was over €30 million. See our Funding results page for more information.

The 2019 Call for applications is now open, with €36 million proposed for UK schools. There are also additional funding streams on offer. Find out more below.

Who can apply?

Funding is open to UK schools and colleges providing general, vocational or technical education to pupils aged 3 – 18 years. Local and regional authorities and school coordination bodies can also apply. Please read our eligibility criteria for more information.

How can Erasmus+ help my school?

  • Inspire pupils and raise learning outcomes across the curriculum
  • Help meet the objectives of inspection bodies and national education priorities
  • Enhance professional practice for teachers and develop their leadership potential
  • Help make staff feel valued and energised
  • Expand pupils’ horizons, raise their aspirations and boost their life-skills
  • Foster tolerance, respect and understanding of other cultures
  • Help young people to strengthen their CV and prepare for their future.

Following their Erasmus+ experience in 2016, school teachers reported personal and professional impact in a number of areas, the most impactful being: adoption of new teaching approaches (83% agreed or strongly agreed this was the case); learning from good practice abroad (91%); and increased job satisfaction (88%).

Read our schools case studies to find out more.

Available funding

You can apply for one or more of the following funding opportunities. Find details and how to apply via the links below:

Capacity building is run by the European Commission’s Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency. The four other activities are run by the Erasmus+ UK National Agency, a partnership between the British Council and Ecorys UK. Read more about how Erasmus+ is run.

Who should I contact?

If you have any questions about this activity, please contact the British Council by email or telephone: 0161 957 7755.