Erasmus+ is the European Union’s new educational programme for the period from 2014-2020, promoting cooperation and mobility in all areas of education, in professional training and in the area of sport and youth. It is the successor of the Lifelong Learning, Youth in Action and other programmes.

Erasmus + aims to improve the quality and relevance of qualifications and skills. Two-thirds of the programme’s funding will provide scholarships for more than 4 million people to study, train, work or volunteer abroad in 2014–2020. The duration of a stay abroad may range from a few days up to a year.

Participation in Erasmus+ is open to students, teachers, apprentices, volunteers, youth leaders and people working in grassroots’ sport. It will also provide funding for partnerships between educational institutions, youth organisations, enterprises, local and regional authorities and NGOs, as well as support for reforms in Member States to modernise education and training and to promote innovation, entrepreneurship and employability.

There will be greater support for IT platforms such as e-twinning, to connect schools and other learning providers via the internet.

Erasmus + is divided into three key actions:

  1. Learning Mobility – KA 1
  2. Strategic Partnerships – KA 2
  3. Support for Education Policy Reform – KA 3

For additional information please visit the European Commission’s website here.