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Getting involved in Erasmus+

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Erasmus + Guide

What is Erasmus+?

The new Erasmus+ 2021-2027 agreement comes into force this year, giving the project even more importance in the education sector.

Erasmus+ is the EU's programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Its budget of €26 billion provides opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, and gain experience abroad. It will be key to achieving the European Education Area by 2025 and will mobilise the education, training, youth and sport sectors for swift recovery and future growth. It will provide many new opportunities for Europe's learners. With increased accessibility and more flexible mobility formats, it will provide opportunities to a more diverse group of learners, including those with fewer opportunities and school pupils, who are now included in the mobility action.

Click here for the Erasmus+ Website

How can I get involved?

Erasmus+ is open to many individuals and organisations, although eligibility varies from one action to another and from one country to another.

Individuals can take part in many of the opportunities funded by Erasmus+, although most will have to do so through an organisation taking part in the programme. The eligibility of individuals and organisations depends on the country in which they are based.

Eligible countries are divided into two groups, Programme countries and Partners countries. Although Programme countries are eligible for all actions of Erasmus+, Partner countries can only take part in some, and are subject to specific conditions.

More information on eligibility is available on the pages for specific opportunities (both for individuals and organisations), as well as the Programme Guide.

https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/about/who-can-take-part_en

 

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Focus on Key Action 1

KEY ACTION 1 – MOBILITY OF INDIVIDUALS

This Key Action supports:

§ Mobility of learners and staff: opportunities for students, trainees and young people, as well as for professors, teachers, trainers, youth workers, staff of education institutions and civil society organisations to undertake a learning and/or professional experience in another country;

§ Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees: high-level integrated international study programmes delivered by consortia of higher education institutions that award full degree scholarships to the best master students worldwide;

§ Erasmus+ Master Loans: higher education students from Programme Countries can apply for a loan backed up by the Programme to go abroad for a full Master Degree. Students should address themselves to national banks or student loan agencies participating in the scheme.

 

Getting involved in KA1

Mobility Key Action 1 (KA1) is your pathway to partition in international training courses in a whole host of European countries. It is the most funded project in the Erasmus+ 2021-2027 and provides a whole host of opportunities to educators.

Catering for teachers and staff from primary to secondary schools and on to higher and vocational education, the KA1 even caters for educators in schools for adult education. KA1  allows for all of these bodes to apply for funding to offer mobility projects to train and teach their staff and students. In addition, regional authorities who are responsible for education can also apply for such funding. It is important to chek the link for regional authorities below to see which fields are eligible.

 

What types of activities can be funded?

There are two types of activity covered by KA1 funding:

  1. A Single Project Application: With this, each school can apply for mobility funds every year, for projects that last 1 or 2 years. The application deadline is usually between February and March every year.
  2. Erasmus Accreditation: each school, or a consortium of schools, can apply to get accredited for the entire duration of the new Erasmus Program. Accredited organizations will have a facilitated access to mobility funds, year after year, by presenting just a budget request in line with the school development plan outlined in the Accreditation application.

 

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What are my next steps?

Contact your local agency for information on eligibility and participation.

https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/contact/national-agencies_en

 

What documentation will I need?

The European Commission website has all documents necessary to apply for Erasmus+ funding.

https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/resources/documents_en

 

What information about CES do I need?

CES is registered with Erasmus+ and we have all the requisite details to be able to run and certify these courses.

Search for ‘Centre of English Studies’ on this database for our details: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/erasmus-esc/organisation-registration/screen/home

 

PIC: 931245203

Organisation ID: E10019130

Registration Number: 196892

 

Learn more about KA1

As regards students, trainees, apprentices and young people, 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.

 

As regards staff, youth workers and professionals involved in education, training and youth, the mobility activities are expected to produce the following outcomes:

§ improved competences, linked to their professional profiles (teaching, training, youth work, etc.);

§ broader understanding of practices, policies and systems in education, training or youth work across countries;

§ increased capacity to trigger changes in terms of modernisation and international opening within their educational organisations;

§ greater understanding of interconnections between formal and non-formal education, vocational training and the labour market respectively;

§ better quality of their work and activities in favour of students, trainees, apprentices, pupils, adult learners, young people and volunteers;

§ greater understanding and responsiveness to social, linguistic and cultural diversity;

§ increased ability to address the needs of the disadvantaged;

§ increased support for and promotion of mobility activities for learners;

§ increased opportunities for professional and career development;

§ improved foreign language competences;

§ increased motivation and satisfaction in their daily work.

 

Depending on the profile of participants involved, the following types of mobility projects are supported under Key Action 1 of the Erasmus+ Programme:

in the field of Education and Training:

§ mobility project for higher education students and staff;

§ mobility project for VET learners and staff;

§ mobility project for school staff;

§ mobility project for adult education staff

 

WHAT IS THE ROLE OF ORGANISATIONS PARTICIPATING IN THIS PROJECT?

Participating organisations involved in the mobility project assume the following roles and tasks:

§ Applicant organisation from a Programme Country: in charge of applying for the mobility project, signing and managing the grant agreement and reporting. The applicant can be a consortium coordinator: leading a mobility consortium of partner organisations of the same country aimed at organising any type of student and staff mobility.

§ Sending organisation: in charge of selecting students/staff and sending them abroad. This also includes grant payments (for those in Programme Countries), preparation, monitoring and recognition related to the mobility period.

§ Receiving organisation: in charge of receiving students/staff from abroad and offering them a study/traineeship programme or a programme of training activities, or benefiting from a teaching activity.

§ Intermediary organisation: this is an organisation active in the labour market or in the fields of education, training and youth work in a Programme Country. It may be a partner in a national mobility consortium, but is not a sending organisation. Its role may be to share and facilitate the administrative procedures of the sending higher education institutions and to better match student profiles with the needs of enterprises in case of traineeships and to jointly prepare participants.

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