ERASMUS+: OPENING DOORS TO EUROPE
Erasmus+ is the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport. It runs for seven years, from 2014 to 2020.
Key Actions (also referred to as Actions) is the collective name for activities and projects that can be funded under Erasmus+.
Key Action 1: Mobility of Individuals
This Action is all about providing opportunities for individuals to improve their skills, enhance their employability and gain cultural awareness.
Under Key Action 1 organisations can apply for funding to run mobility projects to enable organisations to offer structured study, work experience, job shadowing, volunteering, training and teaching opportunities to staff and learners.
Beneficiaries are able to spend a period of time in another participating country gaining valuable experience of life, study and work with the aim of increasing the opportunities available to them in the future.
Key Action 1 covers the five fields of higher education, vocational education and training, schools, adult education and youth. It is important to note that target groups and activities for Key Action 1 vary by field.
Key Action 1 is the largest action in Erasmus+ with 63% of programme budget supporting its focus on increasing mobility and skills.
Funding opportunities under Key Action 1
Key Action 1 is divided into two main types of activity: Decentralised activities for the country run by National Agency and centralised activities run by the European Commission’s Executive Agency based in Brussels.
- Mobility for higher education students and staff
- Mobility for VET learners and staff
- Mobility for school staff
- Mobility for adult education staff
- Mobility for young people and youth workers
Please go to the European Commission Executive Agency’s website for more information on centralised activities in Key Action 1.
MOBILITY EXCHANGES: WHO CAN BENEFIT?
- Students in higher education: Up to 2 million students, including 450 000 trainees, are expected to benefit from grants to study and train abroad. More than 135 000 students and staff can come to Europe – or go outside Europe. Master students can apply for an Erasmus-backed loan with more affordable conditions to complete a full degree (this is already available in Spain, France, the UK, Turkey and Luxembourg). Scholarships are available for students worldwide to take part in the ‘Erasmus Mundus joint master degrees’: study programmes run by two+ institutions in different countries.
- Vocational training students and apprentices: Up to 650 000 grants offered for vocational studies or apprenticeships abroad.
- Young people taking part in youth exchanges and volunteering: About 600 000 young people can go abroad as part of youth exchanges and the European Voluntary Service.
- Teachers, youth trainers and other staff: Opportunities for 800 000 teachers, lecturers, trainers, education staff and youth workers to gain new skills abroad.
MORE THAN 17000 TEACHERS AND STAFF SPENT TIME ABROAD
Teachers and school staff can spend a period abroad at another school or take a training course in another country.
WHAT KIND OF PROJECTS RECEIVE SUPPORT?
Key Action 1 provides funding for the professional development of school staff. When applying, schools are asked to write a ‘European Development Plan’.
The plan should explain the school’s vision and needs while outlining planned mobility activities.
A project application can contain different activities over the course of one to two years. School authorities and coordinating bodies can also take part. They can lead a National Mobility Consortium, which brings together schools from their area. The authority takes responsibility for handing in the application and managing the funds on behalf of all schools involved.
Note: Under Key Action 1, Vocational education and training (VET) schools have an additional opportunity to send their students, apprentices and recent graduates for a learning period abroad.
PREPARING TO LAUNCH AND ERASMUS+ PROJECT
Do you think one of the Erasmus+ opportunities would be interesting for you? Find out more by checking out these sources of information:
GET IN TOUCH WITH YOUR NATIONAL AGENCY
The Erasmus+ National Agencies are in charge of implementing the Programme in their countries. They organise information events and provide valuable support and guidance to potential applicants. The Agency in your country can answer any questions you may have about Erasmus+. Use this link to find your Agency: https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/contact_en
FAMILIARISE YOURSELF WITH THE ERASMUS+ PROGRAMME GUIDE
The Programme Guide contains all the information you need to submit an application for any Erasmus+ opportunity. It is published every year together with the Erasmus+ call for proposals and is available in all official EU languages. Visit your National Agency’s website to get the latest version.
HAVE A LOOK AT THE PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR SCHOOL LEADERS
This EU publication helps school leaders and teachers interested in carrying out an Erasmus+ project. With step-by-step advice on the application process and inspirational real project examples, it is a useful tool for newcomers and experienced applicants alike.
The latest version can be found on the School Education Gateway (https://www.schooleducationgateway.eu/en/pub/resources/guide_for_school_leaders2.htm) or on your National Agency’s website.
HOW TO APPLY? - WHEN TO APPLY?
Applications are submitted to Erasmus+ National Agencies located in each of the 33 Programme countries: the 28 EU Member States, the FYR Macedonia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Turkey.
You will find a link to the application forms on each of the National Agencies’ websites.
Applications for Key Action 1 are submitted to the National Agency in the country where the school is located. In Key Action 2, the partnership chooses the coordinating organisation, which then submits the application to their National Agency on behalf of the whole partnership.
The Erasmus+ call for proposals is published every year in the autumn. For the 2018 call, the application deadlines are:
- 1 February 2018 for Key Action 1 (12:00 midday Brussels time)
- 21 March 2018 for Key Action 2 (12:00 midday Brussels time)