Erasmus+ is the EU program for education, training, youth and sport.
Erasmus+ started on 1 January 2014. This program, which resulted from the merge of seven previous programs, consolidates under a single framework the suport to the areas of education, training, youth and sport and widens the opportunities for a wide range of people and organizations.
It is intended to support education, training, youth and sport in all sectors of lifelong learning, including Higher Education, Vocational Training, Adult Education, School Education, Youth Activities and amateur sport training .
The Erasmus+ program was established on the basis of the Erasmus initiative, which is well-known for the opportunities it offers to university students and higher education teaching staff in terms of mobility for learning, internship or training purposes.
Erasmus+ now covers five major areas of education and training:
- Opportunities for school education for staff and institutions;
- Opportunities for education and vocational training for students, apprentices, trainees, employees, institutions and companies;
- Opportunities for higher education for students, employees, institutions and companies;
- Opportunities for adult education for employees, institutions and businesses;
- European integration opportunities for staff and academic and research institutions.
- A new approach to funding in education and training
Erasmus+ is structured in 3 Key Actions (KA) and the activities Jean Monnet and Sport organized as follows:
- Action 1: Learning mobility of individuals
- Action 2: Innovation and best practices
- Action 3: Support for Policy Reform
- Jean Monnet
With the exception of any Community institution (National Agencies, European Commission, European Parliament, Council of Europe), Organizations from all sectors of education, training, youth and sport can apply for funding under actions 1, 2 and 3. The Jean Monnet and Sports activities are separate actions, with a very specific focus of funding. It will not be possible to apply for individual scholarships. This means that citizens interested in having an international training experience sponsored by the Program will have to contact schools and other education and training organizations to apply.