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EU programme for education, training, youth and sport

Adult Education (staff training)


Erasmus+ supports training assignments at adult education organisations abroad.

These opportunities can consist of courses and training, and job shadowing periods at schools or other relevant organisations.

Examples of such organisations include adult learning centres, higher education institutions, public bodies, research institutes and organisations providing courses and training.

These opportunities are available between organisations based in Erasmus+ Programme Guide countries. More information for adult learning professionals is available through the Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe (EPALE).


A training period must last a minimum of two days and cannot last more than one month (for courses and training) and two months (for job shadowing). This excludes travelling time.


For you to participate in training 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, organisation 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.

Before beginning your teaching period, you, together with your organisation and the receiving organisation sign a Mobility Agreement. This document sets out your learning goals, rights and responsibilities and also how teaching period will be formally recognised.

Financial support

EU grants are paid to the coordinating organisation (your adult education organisation or a consortium coordinator) and are designed to cover your costs for travel and subsistence during your time abroad, as well as offer organisational support to participating organisations.

In addition, the Erasmus+ programme provides means to support the inclusion of participants with fewer opportunities.

How to apply

You cannot apply for a grant as an individual. Applications must be made by organisations, who in turn select candidates for training periods abroad from their staff. Adult education organisations can also host teachers in training who want to spend a traineeship period abroad.

The selection of staff for training abroad should be fair, inclusive, transparent and well documented.

Find out more

Ask within your adult education organisation to find out if these opportunities are available to you.

Find more details on award and eligibility criteria, and funding rules, in the Erasmus+ Programme Guide.

The National Agencies can also help with queries and applications.