Mobility projects in Erasmus+

Mobility of learners, teachers, staff, young people and professionals in the field of education and youth is a key activity of Erasmus+. Institutions in the education and youth sectors can submit mobility projects.

26.2 thousand million euros plus an additional 2.2 thousand million euros from the Neighbourhood, Development Cooperation and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI) is available for the new generation of the programme, which is almost twice as much as in the previous programme (2014-2020). 70% of this is earmarked for funding mobility projects. The European Commission plans to enable mobility for approximately 10 million people over the next seven years.

In Austria more than 25,000 participants benefited from mobility in education and youth in 2019. From January 2014 to August 2020 147,493 people from Austria went abroad with Erasmus+ and benefited from study visits, internships, courses, job shadowing, teaching and learning stays, youth exchanges, skilled worker mobility and volunteering abroad.

The aim of the mobility projects funded by Erasmus+ is to achieve positive and sustainable impacts for the participating individuals and organisations. The stays abroad have a positive impact on educational, social, personal and professional development as they improve knowledge, skills and attitudes, increase employability, contribute to confidence building and independence, stimulate curiosity and innovation, foster understanding of others and create a sense of belonging to Europe. The experiences gained are not only personally enriching but also benefit educational and youth institutions as well as the labour market. They contribute to internationalisation, an increase in quality and innovation of the national education systems.

Students can complete part of their studies or an internship abroad in Europe with Erasmus+. In higher education "blended intensive" programmes combine online learning and teamwork with short-term physical mobility abroad. University graduates as well as pupils in initial vocational training and apprentices can do a work placement abroad. Erasmus+ also funds short-term and long-term learning mobility for pupils, enabling both individuals and whole school classes to experience learning abroad. Adult learners can also spend time abroad.

Teachers and staff of educational institutions of all education sectors can benefit from further education periods abroad or, in some cases, teach abroad for a certain period of time.

Support is also provided for international mobility in vocational education and training and higher education to and from partner countries worldwide as well as for "Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s Degrees". In the youth sector projects are supported that enable exchanges between young people from different countries on a socially relevant topic, that create further education opportunities for youth workers and enable exchanges and contacts between people working in the youth sector as well as integrate the participation of young people in social and democratic life.

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Erasmus+ mobility projects in school education (for pupils, (nursery school) teachers, teachers and other educational staff at schools)

Erasmus+ mobility projects in vocational education and training (for people in initial vocational education and training and professionals in vocational education and training)

Erasmus+ mobility projects in higher education (for students, graduates, lecturers and staff at higher education institutions)

Erasmus+ mobility projects in adult education (for adult learners, adult educators and other adult education staff)

Erasmus+ mobility projects in youth work (for young people, professionals, youth workers)