Who can take part?

Erasmus+ is aimed at schools, further and higher education institutions, vocational education, adult education, youth and sport organisations actively involved in delivering formal and non-formal education, training, youth work and sporting activities.

Participating organisations can then offer exciting opportunities for their students, trainees, apprentices, pupils, adult learners, young people, volunteers, professors, teachers, trainers, youth workers and staff to study, work, volunteer, teach and train abroad in Europe.

Who can apply under UK law?

Your organisation must be legally registered in order to take part in the programme - this definition varies across the UK so please get in touch if you are unsure of your organisation's status or to check whether a particular opportunity is open to your organisation.

Applicant organisations must be legally registered in the United Kingdom and have a separate legal personality (legal distinction between the owner and the business). Therefore unincorporated organisations e.g. Sole traders, Partnerships (other than Scottish Partnerships and Limited Liability Partnerships), unregistered Trusts and Unincorporated Associations are not eligible to apply for Erasmus+ funding.

The exception to this ruling is informal groups of young people involved in youth work. It is possible for ‘a group of young people active in youth work but not necessarily in the context of a youth organisation (i.e. an informal group of young people)’ to apply for funding under Key Action 1 youth mobility and Key Action 2 youth Strategic Partnerships. For more specific information about informal groups of young people please review the Erasmus+ Programme Guide.

Additionally, as the UK National Agency is working to ensure maximum access to the Erasmus+ programme, charities with an unincorporated status, such as registered trusts and associations, that are registered with the Charity Commission, will also be eligible to apply from 2017 Round 3 onwards for youth applications. Organisations that cannot provide proof of registration with their country’s Charity Commission will be unable to apply. Please note that the UK National Agency may also undertake Financial Capacity Checks for organisations with unincorporated legal statuses.  

Organisations without an incorporated legal status, or those unincorporated and not registered on the Charity Commission’s database, cannot qualify as "participating organisations". Based on the above, more in-depth checks have been put in place in order to check the legal status of participating organisations.

Find out more about the types of organisations and learners that can take part in the programme:

Schools and colleges

Staff and pupils at schools and colleges providing general, vocational or technical education on any level from pre-school to upper secondary education; staff involved in partnership work from local/regional school authorities.

Staff and pupils at organisations actively involved in vocational education and training, including support staff, managers, and guidance staff as well as teachers and trainers. Find out more about eligible schools organisations.

Youth groups

Young people aged between 13-30 and youth workers of any age from UK organisations or groups actively involved in youth work, including voluntary organisations that hold a valid accreditation.

UK organisations or groups actively involved in youth work that fall into one of the following organisation or group (legal entity) categories can apply:

  • Public bodies;
  • NGOs (CIC, CIO, registered incorporated charities, limited company - no share capital);
  • Private limited companies (some restrictions apply - more details are given in application guidance notes);
  • Informal groups of young people (one member of the group assumes the role of representative. This person must be aged 18-30, except when all members of the groups are minors, then the legal representative can be an adult with no age limit). Informal groups cannot apply for Youth Key Action 3 Structured Dialogue activities.

Higher education institutions

Undergraduate and Postgraduate students registered at a university or college that holds an Erasmus Charter for Higher Education and carrying out higher education studies leading to a recognised degree up to and including the level of doctorate. Students applying for a Joint Master’s Degree must have obtained a higher education first degree or can demonstrate a recognised equivalent level of learning.

Staff, both academic and administrative, at Higher Education Institutions that hold an Erasmus Charter for Higher Education.

Vocational education and training organisations

Staff and learners at organisations involved in vocational education and training.

Adult education organisations

Staff and learners at organisations actively involved in adult education.

Sports organisations

A wide range of organisations involved in sport can take part, such as public sporting bodies, sporting organisations, leagues, and clubs at any level.

Other organisations

Your organisation does not have to be an educational institution to take part in Erasmus+. Many opportunities are available to organisations that are actively involved in delivering education, training, youth or sport activities. This could include (but is not limited to) local authorities, businesses and enterprises of all sizes, social enterprises, non-profit organisations, non-governmental organisations, voluntary organisations, registered incorporated charitable organisations, networks, incorporated associations and community organisations.