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EU programme for education, training, youth and sport

School Education (staff training)


Erasmus+ supports training activities abroad for professionals involved in pre-primary, primary and secondary school education.

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

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

These opportunities are available between organisations based in Erasmus+ Programme countries.


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 school must apply to acquire an Erasmus accreditation in the field of school 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.

Before beginning your training period, you, together with your institution 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 school 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 directly for a grant as an individual. Applications must be made by schools, who in turn select candidates for training periods abroad from their staff. Schools 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.

The selection of staff to teach abroad should be fair, transparent and well documented.

Find out more

  • ask within your school to find out whether these opportunities are available to you
  • consult the Erasmus+ Programme Guide for details on award and eligibility criteria and funding rules
  • visit the European School Education Platform, the meeting point for school staff, researchers and policymakers, and the home of eTwinning