EU programmes to apply for another international experience after the work placement

  • Learner or student
  • After the work placement

The Erasmus+ programme aims to boost skills and employability, as well as modernising Education, Training, and Youth work.

Erasmus+ supports transnational partnerships among Education, Training, and Youth institutions and organisations to foster cooperation and bridge the worlds of Education and work in order to tackle the skills gaps we are facing in Europe.

It also supports national efforts to modernise Education, Training, and Youth systems. In the field of Sport, there are support for grassroots projects and cross-border challenges such as combating match-fixing, doping, violence and racism.

Erasmus+ brings together seven existing EU programmes in the fields of Education, Training, and Youth; it for the first time provides support for Sport. As an integrated programme, Erasmus+ offers more opportunities for cooperation across the Education , Training , Youth , and Sport  sectors and is easier to access than its predecessors, with simplified funding rules.

Key Action 1: Learning Mobility of Individuals

Erasmus+ KA1 Learning mobility of individuals supports: Mobility projects in the field of education, training and youth.

The Actions supported under this Key Action are expected to bring positive and long-lasting effects on the participants and participating organisations involved, as well as on the policy systems in which such activities are framed.

As regards students, trainees, apprentices, young people and volunteers, the mobility activities supported under this Key Action are meant to produce the following outcomes:

  • improved learning performance;
  • enhanced employability and improved career prospects;
  • increased sense of initiative and entrepreneurship;
  • increased self-empowerment and self-esteem;
  • improved foreign language competences;
  • enhanced intercultural awareness;
  • more active participation in society;
  • better awareness of the European project and the EU values;
  • increased motivation for taking part in future (formal/non-formal) education or training after the mobility period abroad.

1)    Mobility project for young people and youth workers

  1. A.   Youth Exchanges:

Youth Exchanges allow groups of young people from different countries to meet and live together for up to 21 days. During a Youth Exchange, participants jointly carry out a work programme (a mix of workshops, exercises, debates, role-plays, simulations, outdoor activities, etc.) designed and prepared by them before the Exchange. Youth Exchanges allow young people to: develop competences; become aware of socially relevant topics/thematic areas; discover new cultures, habits and life-styles, mainly through peer-learning; strengthen values like solidarity, democracy, friendship, etc. The learning process in Youth Exchanges is triggered by methods of non-formal education. Youth Exchanges are based on a transnational cooperation between two or more participating organisations from different countries within and outside the European Union.

The following activities are not eligible for grants under Youth Exchanges: academic study trips; exchange activities which aim to make financial profit; exchange activities which can be considered as tourism; festivals; holiday travel; performance tours.

  1. B.   European Voluntary Service:

The European Voluntary Service (EVS) gives young people the opportunity to express their personal commitment through full-time voluntary work in a foreign country within or outside the EU.

The EVS aims to develop solidarity, mutual understanding and tolerance among young people, while contributing to strengthening social cohesion and promoting active citizenship. Their learning experience is formally recognized through a Youthpass . Volunteers receive free board and lodging, insurance cover and a grant for the duration of the project (in some cases they may be asked for a contribution for travel costs).

EVS volunteers working for more than two months abroad can get additional support to learn, and test their progress in, the language used during their volunteering.

2)   Large scale European Voluntary Service events;

This action aims to support large-scale volunteering projects (involving at least 30 EVS volunteers) in the framework of European or worldwide events in the field of youth, culture and sport (e.g. World Youth Summits, European Capitals of Culture; European Youth Capitals, European sport championships, etc.).

3)    Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees;

An Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) is a high-level integrated international study programme of 60, 90 or 120 ECTS credits, delivered by an international consortium of HEIs from different countries and -where relevant-other educational and/or non-educational partners with specific expertise and interest in the study areas/professional domains covered by the joint programme. Their specificity lies in their high integration/"jointness"61 and the excellent academic content and methodology they offer. There is no limitation in terms of discipline. The list of joint programmes funded under the previous programme can be found on the Executive Agency website.

Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees (EMJMDs) build on the success of Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses (EMMCs) and aim to:

  • Foster excellence, innovation, and internationalisation in higher education institutions
  • Boost the attractiveness of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and support the EU's external action in the field of higher education
  • Improve the level of competences and skills of Master graduates, and their employability
  • EMJMDs are highly integrated study programmes that are delivered by an international consortium of higher education institutions. Where relevant, the consortium can also include other educational and non-educational partners with specific expertise in the field covered by the joint programme.
  • After a preparatory year, consortia implement three annual selections of students, who are awarded a joint or multiple degree at the end of their studies.

4)    Erasmus+ Master Loans;

Higher education students at master level who want to complete a full study programme in another Programme Country can apply for a loan to contribute to their costs.

Erasmus+ Master Degree Loans will enable potential master students to gain access to loans to support their studies abroad over the lifetime of the Erasmus+ Programme. The EU budget allocation will leverage a multiple

   Key Action2: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices

1)    Capacity Building in the field of youth

Capacity building projects aim to fostering cooperation and exchanges in the field of youth between countries worldwide to promote quality, innovation and cooperation in youth work and informal learning for young people.

Youth Capacity Building projects aim to:

  • foster cooperation and exchanges in the field of youth between Programme Countries and Partner Countries from different regions115 of the world;
  • improve the quality and recognition of youth work, non-formal learning and volunteering in Partner Countries and enhance their synergies and complementarities with other education systems, the labour market and society;
  • foster the development, testing and launching of schemes and programmes of non-formal learning mobility at regional level (i.e. within and across regions of the world);
  • promote transnational non-formal learning mobility between Programme and Partner Countries, notably targeting young people with fewer opportunities, with a view to improving participants' level of competences and fostering their active participation in society.

Capacity Building projects should carry out activities that:

  • promote strategic cooperation between youth organisations on the one hand and public authorities in Partner Countries on the other hand;
  • promote the cooperation between youth organisations and organisations in the education and training fields as well as with representatives of business and labour market;
  • raise the capacities of youth councils, youth platforms and local, regional and national authorities dealing with youth in Partner Countries;
  • enhance the management, governance, innovation capacity and internationalisation of youth organisations in Partner Countries;
  • launch, test and implement youth work practices, such as:
    • tools and methods for the socio-professional development of youth workers and trainers;
    • non-formal learning methods, especially those promoting the acquisition/improvement of competences, including media literacy skills;
    • new forms of practical training schemes and simulation of real life cases in society; new forms of youth work,
    • notably strategic use of open and flexible learning, virtual mobility, open educational resources (OER) and better exploitation of the ICT potential;
    • cooperation, networking and peer-learning activities fostering efficient management, internationalisation and leadership of youth work organisations.

Mobility activities:

  • Youth Exchanges between Programme and eligible Partner Countries;
  • European Voluntary Service from/to eligible Partner Countries;
  • Mobility of youth workers between Programme and eligible Partner Countries.

   EYE- Erasmus for young entrepreneurs  

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs is a cross-border exchange programme which gives new or aspiring entrepreneurs the chance to learn from experienced entrepreneurs running small businesses in other Participating Countries.

The exchange of experience takes place during a stay with the experienced entrepreneur, which helps the new entrepreneur acquire the skills needed to run a small firm.

The host benefits from fresh perspectives on his/her business and gets the opportunities to cooperate with foreign partners or learn about new markets.

The stay is partially funded by the European Union.

Whether you are a new or highly experienced entrepreneur, the programme can offer strong added value to your business: possible benefits include exchange of knowledge and experience, networking opportunities across Europe, new commercial relations or markets abroad.