Erasmus+ is the largest European Union programme in the field of education, training, youth and sport.
It is a continuation of European educational programs implemented since 1998, and its budget for 2021-2027 amounts to over EUR 28 billion. The program, to a greater extent than before, focuses on social inclusion and supports ecological and digital changes, in line with the foundations of the European Education Area.
The program is divided into three main groups of activities, called Key Actions:
Key Action 1 – Learning mobility of individuals – supports mobility of learners and staff i.e. opportunities for pupils, students, trainees and young people, as well as for professors, teachers, trainers, youth workers, sport coaches, staff of education institutions and civil society organisations to undertake a learning and/or professional experience in another country. This Kay Action also funds Youth Participation Activities - youth-led local and transnational initiatives run by informal groups of young people and/or youth organisations to help young people engage and learn to participate in democratic life; as well as DiscoverEU Activities - action offering 18-years-old young people the opportunity to have a first-time experience traveling throughout Europe in the frame of an informal educational activity. Participants of the programme are offered language learning opportunities.
Key Action 2 – Cooperation among organisations and institutions – supports Partnerships for Cooperation, including Cooperation Partnerships and Small-scale Partnerships; Partnerships for Excellence – European Universities, Centres of Vocational Excellence, Erasmus+ Teacher Academies as well as the Erasmus Mundus Action; Partnerships for Innovation, including Alliances for Innovation and Forward-looking Projects. This Action also funds Capacity Building projects in the field of youth and Not-for-profit sport events. The aim of the implemented projects is to develop, transfer or implement innovative practices aimed at specific target groups at the organizational, local, regional, national or European level.
Key Action 3 – Support to policy development and cooperation – provides support to policy cooperation at European Union level, thereby contributing to the development of new policies, which can trigger modernisation and reforms both at the EU and systems' level in the fields of education, training youth and sport.
Additionally, the programme includes „Jean Monnet” Actions supporting projects contributing to the dissemination of knowledge on issues related to the integration of the European Union. In the field of higher education, the projects promote teaching and research on European integration and promote policy debate and exchanges involving the academic world and policy-makers on EU policy priorities - „Jean Monnet” Modules, „Jean Monnet” Chairs and „Jean Monnet” Centres of Excellence. In other fields of education and training this action promotes knowledge on the European Union in schools and vocational education and training (VET). As part of the Support to designated institutions, support is given to entities pursuing an aim of European interest, providing to the EU, its Member States and its citizens with high quality services in specific priority subject areas.
Implementation of the Erasmus+ Actions is coordinated:
- at central level (so-called central projects) – by the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA)
- at national level (so-called decentralized/national projects) – by National Agencies of the Erasmus+ Programme in selected countries, in Poland by the Foundation for the Development of the Education System (FRSE)
You can find detailed information about open calls for proposals and project implementation guidelines on the websites of the above mentioned institutions.
We also encourage you to get acquainted with information published on the following subpages regarding selected actions of the programme dedicated in particular to higher education institutions.