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EU programme for education, training, youth and sport

Adult learners


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

If you are an adult learner with specific education needs, you can spend a period abroad at any organisation providing adult education to improve your knowledge and skills. The individual learning programme will be defined and may include in-class learning, work-based learning, job-shadowing, observation and other innovative approaches.

Alternatively, you can also benefit from the group mobility of adult learners to spend time in another country to benefit from innovative learning organised by an organisation providing adult education. You might be involved in the activities that include a combination of various formal, informal and non-formal learning methods, such as peer learning, work-based learning, volunteering, and other innovative approaches.


Both individual and group mobility of adult learners can last up to 1 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 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 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, please get in touch with your National Agency.