Every year the European Union supports more than 400,000 young people to work , train and study abroad. – And you can be one of them!
Erasmus+ Key Action 1 (KA1) provides funding for organisations to offer opportunities to young people and students, teachers and trainers, learners and providers, apprentices, volunteers, youth leaders and those working in grassroots sport. So if you belong to one of those target groups, there is the chance for you to spend a certain time in one of the 33 so called Programme Countries.
The European Knowledge Center for Mobility focusses on the field of vocational education and training. If you belong to another target group or if you are searching for further information about the programme itself, please visit the webpage of the European Commission.
Why should I go abroad?
Living and working abroad is a lifetime opportunity, especially if you have no or low costs thanks to Erasmus+ funding!
You upgrade your CV and have wider employment opportunities later on, you further develop your personality, become more open-minded, you deepen your foreign language skills and you get to know a new country, new people and make friends!
How can I get involved?
You need to find an organisation that sends you abroad. This can either be your vocational school, your training company or also another organisation.
First ask your teacher or trainer and if there is no possibility, have a look at our partner search database (search sending organisation) or contact the National Agency of your country.
What can I do abroad?
You can either attend a Europen school for vocational education and training or gain real working experiences in a company.
The duration can be between 2 weeks and 3 months – or in Erasmus+Pro between 3 and 12 months.
The placement abroad usually counts towards the training in the home country, also thanks to tools like ECVET,
The past 30 years about 9 million people participated in Erasmus+.
In 2016 725,000 people went abroad to study, train, teach, work or volunteer with the support of funding granted through Erasmus+.
Five years after graduation the unemployment rate of young people who studied or trained abroad is 23% lower than that of their non-mobile peers.
The mobility process
- Application – each year in February your sending organisation can apply for Erasmus+ funding. In case of an approval, the earlierst possible departures can take place in late summertime but not before different administrative issues are solved (contracting, learning agreement etc.).
- Selection: Check with your sending organisation their selection criteria for beneficiaries and see what documents they need.
- Define your aims: Agree with your sending and possible host organisation(s)/coordinator on the hosting side on realistic learning outcomes.
- Linguistic and cultural reparation: Be aware that not only your professional skills are important but also your language skills. The better you can communicate in the language of your host country, the better will be the quality of your placement. Check the requirements and attend a language course (there are free online offers in several languages). In addition, have in mind that every country is different and prepare yourself for this, e.g. by our game.
- Practical arrangements: Make sure that you have all information you need about the travel, accommodation, insurances, boarding, transfer and local transport
- Enjoy your stay abroad – and make some records.
- After your return you need to evaluate your experience. You get an email by the EU Mobility Tool. Fill in the questionnaire as soon as possible.
The Mobility Process – Checklist and considerations