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EU programme for education, training, youth and sport

How to take part

This page contains a general overview of how to take part. You will need to check the specific action that you are interested in to see the criteria you should meet.

Erasmus+ is a very wide programme, covering a diverse range of actions.

How you can take part depends broadly on two factors:

  1. if you are applying by yourself or on behalf of an organisation
  2. in which country you or your organisation is based

Quick explainer

Individuals from Iceland, Liechtenstein, North Macedonia, Norway, Serbia or Türkiye can participate in most opportunities as these non-EU countries are associated to the Erasmus+ programme.

For individuals from other non-EU countries there are some opportunities, for example Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees or the international dimension of student and staff exchange (if your university takes part) and youth exchange schemes.

You will need to check the opportunity pages for more information, as eligibility varies between opportunities.

There are 2 types of countries where Erasmus+ is active.

EU Member States and third countries associated to the Programme

These can fully take part in all the actions of the Erasmus+ Programme. They include all EU countries, members of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), candidate EU countries and others. They were previously called Programme countries.

Third countries not associated to the Programme

These can take part in certain Erasmus+ actions. There are many of these, spanning the globe. They were previously called Partner countries.

See the full list of eligible countries

Individual applicants

If you are looking to take part by yourself, it’s likely that you will need to apply through an organisation such as your university, training centre, company and so on.

You can ask them if they are applying for a project grant, or explore the Erasmus+ app for advice and inspiration.

Browse opportunities for individuals

For most of these opportunities, you will need to apply through your school, work or other organisation.

Applicant organisations

If you are an organisation looking for a grant or call for proposals, read how to apply and the registration steps you need to take first.

How to apply as an organisation

Read the registration process and other steps

Browse opportunities for organisations

Quick explainer

Funding opportunities are managed by either the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) or by National Agencies.

Get more help with seeing who manages your call

Full details on this year’s programme

For comprehensive details on who can take part, search the Programme Guide for the action or the field you are interested in.

Looking to apply from outside the EU?

Read the guidance on applying from outside the EU

Applying with a project partner

The partner search on the EU's Funding and Tenders portal helps you search for potential partners for your proposal.

Search for a potential project proposal partner

Financial support

Individuals and organisations might be able to benefit from financing under the Skills and Education Guarantee (S&E). This is a pilot debt financing initiative run by the European Investment Fund (EIF).

The S&E follows the previous Erasmus+ Master Loan scheme, which ran from 2015-2022.

Funding is available through financial intermediaries such as banks and social investment funds. 

See a list of these financial intermediaries under "Information for final beneficiaries" on the website of the EIF.