Erasmus+ EU programme for education, training, youth and sport

Erasmus+ started on 1 January 2014 and replaces current funding programmes run by the European Commission in the area of education, training, youth and sport.

The programme, running from 2014 to 2020, supports activities in education, training, youth and sport across all sectors of lifelong learning including higher Education, further education, adult education, schools and youth activities.

Erasmus+ aims to boost skills and employability as well as modernise education, training, and youth work across Europe. It has a budget of approximately 14.7billion euros across Europe and will, over the next seven years, provide opportunities for over four million Europeans to study, train, gain work experience and volunteer abroad, as well as supporting transnational partnerships between education, training and youth organisations, as well as support grassroots sport projects.

A new structure has been developed for the Erasmus+ programme to reflect a need for greater simplification and streamlining. By bringing together a range of different programmes and initiatives the European Commission hopes to make their funding opportunities more efficient and more accessible.

Erasmus+ will be an integrated programme, which means that it will be based around actions. Some activities funded under the Lifelong Learning and Youth in Action Programmes will disappear; others will be translated into the new Erasmus+ structure.

Member States of the European Union plus some non-EU Programme Countries can apply for Erasmus+ funding and can fully take part in all any Erasmus+ funded project or activity. Other countries, known as Partner Countries, can participate in some Erasmus+ actions as partners but please check the eligibility criteria for each activity before applying.

For further information about specific EU funding opportunities and funding priorities click on the links below:

Erasmus+ has launched a monthly newsletter, which aims to keep subscribers informed on Erasmus+ developments and project news across the whole integrated programme. To subscribe email visit