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EU programme for education, training, youth and sport

Adult learners


Learning mobility for adult learners with fewer opportunities can be organised both in a group and individually.

A group of adult learners from the sending organisation can spend time in another country to benefit from innovative learning organised by a hosting organisation. The content of group mobility activities should focus on key competences of adult learners or the inclusion and diversity, digital, environmental sustainability and participatory dimensions of the programme.

Adult learners can also individually spend a period abroad at a hosting organisation to improve their knowledge and skills. An individual learning programme must be defined for each participant and may include in-class learning, workbased learning, job-shadowing, observation and other innovative approaches.


Group mobility of adult learners can last from two to thirty days, with at least two learners per group. This excludes travelling time.

Individual learning mobility of adult learners can last from two days to one month. This excludes travelling time.


For you to participate in adult learner mobility abroad with Erasmus+, your adult education organisation must apply to acquire an Erasmus accreditation in the field of adult education or to participate in a short-term mobility project. In both cases, organisations should adhere to a set of quality standards for mobility projects on good management practices, providing quality and support to participants, and sharing results and knowledge about the programme.

In case of individual pupil mobility, you, together with your institution and the receiving organisation sign a Learning Agreement. This document sets out your learning goals, rights and responsibilities and also how the study period abroad will be formally recognised.

Financial support

The EU grant supports your travel and subsistence costs, and is managed by your adult education organisation. In addition, the Erasmus+ programme provides means to support the inclusion of participants with fewer opportunities.

How to apply

To participate in adult learner mobility, you cannot apply directly for a grant as an individual. Applications must be made by adult education organisation, who in turn select candidates for study periods abroad.

The selection of adult learners for mobility activities should be fair, inclusive, transparent and well documented.

Find out more

If you need further information on the possibilities to take part in mobility as an adult learner, the National Agencies will assist you.