Who can participate in the Erasmus+ Programme?

Individuals – students, apprentices, trainees, volunteers, young people, pupils, adult learners, teachers, professors, trainers, youth workers, professionals of organisations active in the fields of education, training and youth constitute the main target population of the Programme. However, the Programme reaches these individuals through organisations, institutions, bodies or groups that organise such activities. The conditions of access to the Programme therefore relate to these two actors: the “participants” (individuals participating in the Programme) and the “participating organisations” (in most cases, legally established organisations). For both participants and participating organisations, the conditions for participation depend on the country in which they are based.

Eligible Participants

As a general rule, participants in Erasmus+ projects must be living in a Programme Country. Some Actions in the field of higher education and youth are also open to participants from Partner Countries.

The specific conditions for participating in an Erasmus+ project depend on the type of Action concerned.

In general terms:

  • For projects relevant for the field of higher education, the main targets are: higher education students (short cycle, first, second or third cycle), higher education teachers and professors, staff of higher education Institutions, trainers and professionals in enterprises.
  • For projects relevant for the field of vocational education and training, the main targets are: apprentices and students in vocational education, professionals and trainers in vocational training, staff of initial vocational education organisations, trainers and professionals in enterprises.
  • For projects relevant for the field of school education, the main targets are: pupils in pre-primary, primary and secondary education, school leaders, school teachers and school staff.
  • For projects relevant for the field of adult education, the main targets are: learners in adult education, trainers, staff and members of adult education organisations.
  • For projects relevant for the youth field the main targets are: young people from 13 to 30, youth workers, staff and members of organisations active in the youth field.

Eligible Participating Organisations

Erasmus+ projects are submitted and, if selected, managed by participating organisations representing the participants. If a project is selected, the applicant participating organisation becomes a beneficiary of an Erasmus+ grant. Beneficiaries sign a grant agreement which entitles them to receive financial support for the realisation of their project (grant agreements are not offered to individual participants Some actions of the Programme are also open to informal groups of young people.

As a general rule, organisations and groups participating in Erasmus+ projects must be established in a Programme Country. Some Actions are also open to participating organisations from Partner Countries, notably in the field of higher education and youth.

The specific conditions for participating in an Erasmus+ project depend on the type of Action supported by the Programme. In general terms, the Programme is open to any organisation active in the fields of education, training, youth or sport. Several Actions are also open to the participation of other employment sector and labour market actors.

Eligible Countries

The Erasmus+ Programme is open to the following countries:

Programme Countries

The following countries can fully take part in all the Actions of the Erasmus+ Programme:

Member States of the European Union (EU)
Austria
Belgium
Bulgaria
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Ireland
Italy
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malta
Netherlands
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Slovak Republic
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
United Kingdom
Non EU Programme Countries
Former Yugoslav
Republic of Macedonia
Iceland
Liechtenstein
Norway
Switzerland
Turkey
Partner Countries

The participation of the following countries is limited to certain Actions or subject to specific conditions:

Partner Countries neighbouring the EU
Western Balkans
(Region 1)
Eastern Partnership
countries
(Region 2)
South-Mediterranean
countries
(Region 3)
Russian Federation
(Region 4)
Albania
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Kosovo
Montenegro
Serbia
Armenia
Azerbaijan
Belarus
Georgia
Moldova
Ukraine
Algeria
Egypt
Israel
Jordan
Lebanon
Libya
Morocco
Palestine
Syria
Tunisia
Russian Federation
Other Partner Countries

The Partner Countries below are regrouped according to the financial instruments of the EU external action.

Region 5
Asia
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, DPR Korea, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam
Region 6
Central Asia
Kazakstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
Region 7
Latin America
Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Perú, Uruguay, Venezuela
Region 8 Iran, Iraq, Yemen
Region 9 South Africa
Region 10
ACP
Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Cape Verde, Comoros, Bahamas, Barbados, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo (Brazzaville), Congo (Kinshasa), Cook Islands, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Republic of Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Micronesia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Niger, Nigeria, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan (tbc), Suriname, Swaziland, Tanzania, East Timor, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Region 11
Industrialised
countries
Australia, Bahrain, Brunei, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, (Republic of) Korea, Kuwait, Macao, New Zealand, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, United States of America.
Region 12 Any other country of the world not mentioned above.
Requirements regarding visa and residence permits

If your project involves non-European Union countries you need to check the requirements regarding visas and residence permits.

In principle, Erasmus+ programme participants from non-European Union countries coming into the EU and participants from the EU going to non-EU countries to take part in an Erasmus+ project have to apply for a visa to enter the relevant receiving country. In addition, they may also need a long-term visas or a residence permit for the duration of their stay. Participants resident within an EU Member State, who are holders of a non-EU nationality/ passport, might also need a visa to enter another EU Member State.

It is a collective responsibility of all the participating organisations to ensure that the authorizations (short- or longstay visa, or residence permit) required are in order before the planned Activity takes place. It is strongly recommended that the authorizations are arranged well in advance, since the process may take several weeks.

The EU Immigration Portal contains general information on visa and residence permits, for both short-term and long-term stays: http://ec.europa.eu/immigration/tab2.do?subSec=11&language=7$en

National Agencies and the Executive Agency may give further advice and support concerning visas, residence permits, social security, etc.

 

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