GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE ERASMUS+ PROGRAMME
Erasmus+ is the EU Programme in the fields of education, training, youth and sport for the period 2014-2020.
Education, training, youth and sport can make a major contribution to help tackle socio-economic changes, the key challenges that Europe will be facing until the end of the decade and to support the implementation of the Europe 2020 strategy for growth, jobs, social equity and inclusion.
The Erasmus+ Programme is designed to support Programme Countries' efforts to efficiently use the potential of Europe’s human talent and social capital, while confirming the principle of lifelong learning by linking support to formal, non-formal and informal learning throughout the education, training and youth fields. The Programme also enhances the opportunities for cooperation and mobility with Partner Countries, notably in the fields of higher education and youth.
Overall the Programme supports actions, cooperation and tools consistent with the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy and its flagship initiatives, such as Youth on the Move and the Agenda for new skills and jobs. The Programme also contributes to achieve - through the Open Methods of Coordination - the objectives of the Education and Training Strategic Framework and of the European Youth Strategy.
This investment in knowledge, skills and competences will benefit individuals, institutions, organisations and society as a whole by contributing to growth and ensuring prosperity and social inclusion in Europe and beyond.
Erasmus+ is the result of the integration of the following European programmes implemented by the Commission during the period 2007-2013:
- The Lifelong Learning Programme
- The Youth in Action Programme
- The Erasmus Mundus Programme
- Programmes of cooperation with industrialised countries in the field of higher education
The Erasmus+ Programme shall contribute to the achievement of:
- the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy, including the headline education target;
- the objectives of the strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (ET 2020), including the corresponding benchmarks;
- the sustainable development of Partner Countries in the field of higher education;
- the overall objectives of the renewed framework for European cooperation in the youth field (2010-2018);
- the objective of developing the European dimension in sport, in particular grassroots sport, in line with the EU work plan for sport;
- the promotion of European values in accordance with Article 2 of the Treaty on the European Union.
IMPORTANT FEATURES OF THE ERASMUS+ PROGRAMME
1.Recognition and validation of skills and qualifications
2.Dissemination and exploitation of project results
3.Open access requirement for educational materials, documents and media produced through erasmus+
7.Equity and inclusion
8.Protection and safety of participants
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE ERASMUS+ PROGRAMME?
Individuals - students, trainees, apprentices, pupils, adult learners, young people, volunteers, professors, teachers, trainers, youth workers, professionals of organisations active in the fields of education, training and youth constitute the main target population of the Programme.
As a general rule, participants in Erasmus+ projects must be established in a Programme Country. Some Actions,notably in the fields of higher education and youth, are also open to participants from Partner Countries.
The specific conditions for participating in an Erasmus+ project depend on the type of Action concerned.
In general terms:
- For projects relevant for the field of higher education, the main targets are: higher education students (short cycle, first, second or third cycle), higher education teachers and professors, staff of higher education institutions, trainers and professionals in enterprises;
- For projects relevant for the field of vocational education and training, the main targets are: apprentices and students in vocational education, professionals and trainers in vocational training, staff of initial vocational education organisations, trainers and professionals in enterprises;
- For projects relevant for the field of school education, the main targets are: school leaders, school teachers and school staff, pupils in pre-primary, primary and secondary education;
- For projects relevant for the field of adult education, the main targets are: members of adult education organisations, trainers, staff and learners in adult education;
- For projects relevant for the youth field the main targets are: young people from 13 to 305, youth workers, staff and members of organisations active in the youth field;
- For projects relevant to the field of sport, the main targets are: professionals and volunteers in the field of sport, athletes and coaches.