Erasmus+ is the EU's programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Its budget of €14.7 billion will provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, and gain experience abroad.
Set to last until 2020, Erasmus+ doesn't just have opportunities for students. Merging seven prior programmes, it has opportunities for a wide variety of individuals and organisations.
Detailed information on these opportunities, including eligibility criteria, is available in the Erasmus+ Programme Guide. An indicative funding guide for some centralised opportunities is also available.
Erasmus+ also aims to promote the sustainable development of its partners in the field of higher education, and contribute to achieving the objectives of the EU Youth Strategy.
Specific issues tackled by the programme include:
- Reducing unemployment, especially among young people
- Promoting adult learning, especially for new skills and skills required by the labour market.
- Encouraging young people to take part in European democracy
- Supporting innovation, cooperation and reform
- Reducing early school leaving
- Promoting cooperation and mobility with the EU's partner countries
The outcomes of Erasmus+ are available in reports and compendia of statistics, as well as through the Erasmus+ Projects Platform, which includes most of the initiatives funded by the programme, as well as a selection of good practices and success stories.
Statistics on Erasmus+ are available from the statistics page.
Information on progress towards the ET2020 benchmarks is available from the Education and Training Monitor.
Progress towards the ET2020 benchmarks can also be seen through a series of interactive maps.
Similarly, information about the situation of young people in Europe can be found in the Youth Monitor.
The mid-term evaluation report of the Erasmus+ Programme (2014-2020) is available in 23 languages and builds on national reports submitted by the Programme countries, evaluation reports by an external independent contractor, other reviewed studies e.g. the Erasmus impact study of 2014, experience in managing the programme and over a million responses from all interested parties.
Following the completion of the Erasmus+ Programme in 2020, a final evaluation of the Programme will be conducted by the Commission.
Further information is available in the evaluation reports of the Erasmus+ Programme.
Check the website of the Publications Office of the European Union for more reports and studies on the Erasmus+ Programme.
This Programme Guide is a tool for anybody who would like to have a thorough knowledge of what the Erasmus+ Programme is about. This document is mainly addressed to those who wish to be:
- participating organisations: meaning those organisations, institutions, bodies organising activities supported by the Programme;
- participants: meaning those individuals (students, trainees, apprentices, pupils, adult learners, young people, volunteers, or professors, teachers, trainers, youth workers, professionals in the field of education, training, youth and sport, etc.) involved in activities organised by the participating organisations.
Every year, thousands of projects are submitted by organisations across Europe in order to receive financial support from the Erasmus+ Programme; for this reason, the Commission has set up a transparent evaluation process that aims at providing grants for the best projects:
- for most Actions, all the rules and conditions for receiving a grant from the Programme are specified in this Programme Guide;
- for some other Actions, which are only mentioned in this Programme Guide, the rules and conditions for receiving a grant are described in specific calls for proposals published by or on behalf of the European Commission.
When planning an application, potential participating organisations can also be inspired and informed by other reference documents; some of these documents are listed in Annex IV of this Guide.