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EU programme for education, training, youth and sport

Adult education

What is the opportunity?

Erasmus+ offers the opportunity to adult education providers and other organisations active in the field of adult education to organise learning mobility activities for adult learners and education staff.

For staff, activities such as job shadowing, courses, and teaching or training assignments can be organised in another organisation abroad. For adult learners, the organisation can organise learning periods abroad for individuals or for groups. In addition, the applicant organisation can host teachers in training and invite experts from abroad.

How does it work?

Adult education providers and other organisations active in the adult education field can apply for funding in two ways:

  • Short-term projects: applicant organisations can organise various mobility activities over a period of six to eighteen months. Short-term projects are the best choice for organisations trying Erasmus+ for the first time, or for those that wish to organise only a limited number of activities.
  • Accredited projects: open only to organisations holding an Erasmus accreditation in the field of adult education. This special funding strand allows accredited organisations to regularly receive funding for mobility activities that contribute to the gradual implementation of their Erasmus Plan.

In addition, organisations can join the Programme without submitting an application by:

  • Joining an existing Erasmus+ mobility consortium led by an accredited consortium coordinator in their country that is accepting new members in their consortium.
  • Hosting participants from another country: any organisation can become a host for learners or staff coming from a partner organisation abroad. Becoming a hosting organisation is a valuable experience and a good way to learn more about the Programme before applying yourself.

What else should you know?

When applying for Key Action 1, organisations agree to follow a set of Erasmus quality standards that ensure good quality of implemented mobility activities.

Moreover, the participating organisations should actively promote inclusion and diversity, environmental sustainability and digital education through their activities.

How do you apply?

The application process is managed by the National Agency of the country where the applicant organisation is established.

Visit the How to apply page to know more generally about the application process.

Find out more?

The Erasmus+ Programme Guide is the main source of information for these opportunities; detailed information on the award criteria, eligibility criteria, and funding rules can be found in Section B.

Your national agency can also provide further information.