What is Erasmus+?

Erasmus+ is the EU's program to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. It has an estimated budget of €26.2 billion. This is nearly double the funding compared to its predecessor program (2014-2020). The 2021-2027 program places a strong focus on social inclusion, the green and digital transitions, and promoting young people's participation in democratic life. It supports priorities and activities set out in the European Education Area, Digital Education Action Plan and the European Skills Agenda. The program also:

  • supports the European Pillar of Social Rights
  • implements the EU Youth Strategy 2019-2027
  • develops the European dimension in sport




Studying abroad is a central part of Erasmus+ and has been shown to have a positive effect on later job prospects. It is also an opportunity to improve language skills, gain self-confidence and independence and immerse yourself in a new culture. Erasmus+ also offers the chance to combine studying abroad with a traineeship. Opportunities are available for students at short-cycle Bachelor, Master or Doctoral levels.

Studying abroad

Erasmus+ can offer you support during your period of study abroad: whether this is in an Erasmus+ Program country or in a Partner country.


Traineeships abroad

Erasmus+ supports traineeships (work placements, internships, etc.) abroad in a Program or Partner country for students enrolled in higher education in a Program Country. These opportunities are also open to recent graduates.


Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees

Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters are offered by multiple higher education institutions and run across various countries. They are distinguished by their academic excellence and by the high level of integration of the courses. There are also scholarships for students to take part in these prestigious programs.


Students with physical, mental or health-related conditions

Additional funding is available and students have the right to the same support services offered to local students by receiving institutions.


Teaching opportunities for staff

With Erasmus+, opportunities are available to spend time teaching at an educational institution abroad. These opportunities are available to both staff working in the education sector and to individuals in businesses invited to share their knowledge of a given sector, subject or issue to students. Opportunities to teach abroad with Erasmus+ are available in educational institutions operating at all levels.

higher education

Erasmus+ supports teaching periods at higher education institutions abroad. If you work in higher education, you can spend time teaching at an institution in an Erasmus+ Program or Partner country. People working in businesses can receive support to teach and share knowledge with higher education institutions located in a Program country.


Opportunities for organizations

Organizations wanting to participate in Erasmus+ may engage in a number of development and networking activities, including strategic improvement of the professional skills of their staff, organizational capacity building, and creating transnational cooperative partnerships with organizations from other countries in order to produce innovative outputs or exchange best practices. In addition, organizations facilitate the learning mobility opportunities for students, education staff, trainees, apprentices, volunteers, youth workers and young people. The benefits for involved organizations include an increased capacity to operate at an international level, improved management methods, access to more funding opportunities and projects, increased ability to prepare, manage, and follow-up projects, as well as a more attractive portfolio of opportunities for learners and staff at participating organizations.


Key Actions

Key Action 1: Learning mobility of individuals

Learning mobility opportunities aim to encourage the mobility of students, staff, trainees, apprentices, youth workers and young people. The role of the organizations in this process is to organize these opportunities for individuals. The benefits for the organizations include an increased capacity to operate at an international level, improved management skills, access to more funding opportunities and projects, increased ability to prepare, manage, and follow-up projects, a more attractive portfolio of opportunities for students and staff at participating organizations, the opportunity to develop innovative projects with partners from around the world.


Key Action 2: Cooperation among organizations and institutions

The cooperation between organizations and institutions is expected to result in the development, transfer and/or implementation of innovative practices at organizational, local, regional, national or European levels.


Key Action 3: Support for policy reform

Opportunities under this Key Action contribute to supporting the overall EU policy agenda, the Education and Training 2020 cooperation framework, and the Youth Strategy. Organizations will contribute to improving the quality of education, training, and youth systems in Europe, as well as promoting transnational learning and cooperation between authorities. They will also contribute to developing the basis for evidence-based policy-making, as well as supporting networks and tools for policy implementation. Organizations will also contribute to improving the involvement of young people in democratic life and their engagement with politicians.


Jean Monnet

Opportunities for teaching, research, and policy debate on the EU and its policies.



Designed to develop and implement joint activities to promote sport and physical activity, identify and implement innovative activities in the field of sport, and manage not-for-profit events to increase participation in sport.


Opportunities from outside the EU

Organizations from countries outside the EU can take part in selected actions of the Erasmus+ program. In the context of Erasmus+, these countries are referred to as "non-associated third countries (Partner Countries)".


ECTS and Accumulation System

What is the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System?

The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) is a tool of the European Higher Education Area for making studies and courses more transparent. It helps students to move between countries and to have their academic qualifications and study periods abroad recognized. ECTS allows credits taken at one higher education institution to be counted towards a qualification studied for at another. ECTS credits represent learning based on defined learning outcomes and their associated workload. ECTS enhances the flexibility of study programs for students. It also supports the planning, delivery and evaluation of higher education programs. It is a central tool in the Bologna Process, which aims to make national education systems more internationally comparable. ECTS also helps make other documents, such as the Diploma Supplement, clearer and easier to use in different countries. ECTS has been adopted by most of the countries in the European Higher Education Area as the national credit system and is increasingly used elsewhere.

Why is ECTS needed?

Differences between national higher education systems can lead to problems concerning the recognition of qualifications and mobility periods abroad. This issue is addressed in part by enhancing the understanding of the learning outcomes and workload of study programs. ECTS also makes it possible to blend different learning styles, such as university and work-based learning, within the same program of study or through lifelong learning.

How does it work?

60 ECTS credits are the equivalent of a full year of study or work. In a standard academic year, these credits are usually broken down into several smaller modules. A typical 'short cycle qualification' typically includes 90-120 ECTS credits. A 'first cycle' (or bachelor's) degree consists of either 180 or 240 ECTS credits. Usually a 'second cycle' (or master's) degree equates to 90 or 120 ECTS credits. The use of the ECTS at the 'third cycle', or PhD level, varies. ECTS is applied to support student mobility between higher education institutions. The course catalogues, Learning Agreements and Transcripts of Records help the recognition and transfer of credits earned by students during a mobility period abroad. The ECTS Users' Guide describes the system and how it is used in greater detail.

Incoming Mobilities