The Erasmus+ Programme is managed by the European Commission (the EU’s executive body), the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), a series of National Agencies in Programme countries, and a series of National Offices in some Partner countries.
The European Commission
The European Commission is ultimately responsible for the running of the Erasmus+ Programme. It manages the budget and sets priorities, targets and criteria for the Programme on an on-going basis. Furthermore, it guides and monitors the general implementation, follow-up and evaluation of the Programme at European level. The European Commission also bears the overall responsibility for the supervision and coordination of the structures in charge of implementing the
Programme at national level.
At European level, the European Commission is European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) is responsible for the implementation of a number of actions of the Erasmus+ Programme. In addition to the information contained in this Guide, the relevant Call documents and application forms for the actions covered by this Guide and managed by the Executive Agency are published in the Funding and Tender Opportunity Portal.
The Executive Agency is in charge of the complete life-cycle management of these projects, from the promotion of the Programme, the analysis of the grant requests, the monitoring of projects on the spot, up to the dissemination of the project and Programme results. It is also responsible for launching specific calls for proposals relating to some actions of the Programme that are not covered by this guide.
The European Commission, notably through the Executive Agency, is also responsible for:
- carrying out studies in the fields supported by the Programme;
- carrying out research and evidence-based activities through the Eurydice network;
- improving the visibility and the systemic impact of the Programme through dissemination and exploitation activities of the Programme’s results;
- ensuring the contractual management and financing of bodies and networks supported by the Erasmus Programme;
- managing calls for tenders to provide services within the framework of the Programme.
The EACEA and Commission also carry out studies and research, as well as managing and financing the other bodies and networks supported by Erasmus+.
Detailed information on the management of Erasmus+ is available in the Annual Work Programmes published by the European Commission.
The National Agencies
The implementation of the Erasmus+ Programme is mainly implemented as Indirect Management, meaning that the European Commission entrusts budget implementation tasks to National Agencies; the rationale of this approach is to bring Erasmus+ as close as possible to its beneficiaries and to adapt to the diversity of national education, training and youth systems. For this purpose, each EU Member State or third country associated to the Programme has appointed
one or more National Agencies.
These National Agencies promote and implement the Programme at national level and act as the link between the European Commission and participating organisations at local, regional and national level. It is their task to:
- provide appropriate information on the Erasmus+ Programme;
- administer a fair and transparent selection process for project applications to be funded in their country;
- monitor and evaluate the implementation of the Programme in their country;
- provide support to project applicants and participating organisations throughout the project life-cycle;
- collaborate effectively with the network of all National Agencies and the European Commission;
- promote and ensure the visibility of the Programme;
- promote the dissemination and exploitation of the results of the Programme at local and national level.
In addition, National Agencies play an important role as intermediate structures for the qualitative development and implementation of the Erasmus+ Programme by:
- carrying out projects and activities, such as Training and Cooperation Activities and Networking Activities – outside the tasks of project life-cycle management – that support the qualitative implementation of the Programme and/or trigger policy developments in the fields supported by the Programme;
- providing a supportive approach to newcomers, less experienced organisations and target groups with fewer opportunities, in order to remove the obstacles to full participation in the Programme;
- seeking cooperation with external bodies and National Authorities in order to increase the impact of the Programme their respective fields of action, in their country and in the European Union.
The supportive approach of National Agencies aims at guiding the users of the Programme through all phases, from the first contact with the Programme through the application process to the realisation of the project and the final evaluation. This principle is not in contradiction with the fairness and the transparency of selection procedures. Rather, it is based on the idea that in order to guarantee equal opportunities for everybody, it is necessary to give more assistance to some
Programme target groups through advising, counselling, monitoring, and coaching systems tailored to their needs.
The relevant calls covering the actions managed by the Erasmus+ National Agencies are published in the Erasmus+ Website and publicised in the websites of the National Agencies.
National Erasmus+ Offices
In the third countries not associated to the Programme concerned (Western Balkans, Eastern and Southern Mediterranean countries, Russia and Central Asia) the National Erasmus+ Offices (NEOs) assist the Commission, the Executive Agency and the local authorities in the implementation of the Erasmus+ Programme. They are the focal point in these countries for their stakeholders involved in the Erasmus+ Programme in the area of higher education, vocational education and
training, youth and sports. They contribute to improving awareness, visibility, relevance, effectiveness and impact of the international dimension of Erasmus+.
The National Erasmus+ Offices are responsible for:
- providing information about Erasmus+ activities that are open to the participation of their countries (including in the fields of higher education, VET, youth and sports, where relevant);
- advising and assisting potential applicants;
- coordinating the local team of Higher Education Reform Experts (HEREs);
- contributing to studies and events;
- providing support to policy dialogue;
- maintaining contacts with the local authorities and EU Delegations;
- following policy developments in the above mentioned areas in their country.
National Erasmus+ office in Ukraine closely cooperates with the network of students and alumni of the Programme:
- Erasmus Student Network Ukraine – is a national-level student organization that represents local Erasmus Student Network At the moment, they have a section in Kyiv and another one in Chernivtsi. Its mission is to represent international students, thus provide opportunities for cultural understanding and self-development under the principle of Students Helping Students.
- Erasmus Mundus Association – Ukraine is an association for students and alumni of Erasmus Mundus Master and Doctoral programmes. EMA, as a purely volunteer run Association currently has 150+ active volunteers and has grown into an international organisation with, as of 2020, more than 12,000 members from 170+ countries together with Ukraine.
Resource centres and information offices
Apart from the bodies mentioned above, the following Resource Centres and information offices, platforms, and knowledge and expert networks provide complementary expertise to the implementation of the Erasmus+ Programme.
SALTO Resource Centres
The aim of the SALTO Resource Centres is to improve the quality and impact of the Erasmus+ programme at a systemic level through providing expertise, resources, information and training activities in specific areas for National Agencies and other actors involved in education, training and youth work. Among others, these
activities include organising training courses, seminars workshops, study visits, forums, cooperation and partnership-building activities on Erasmus+ priority themes.
Education and training
In addition, in the fields of education and training, the work of the SALTO centre:
- offers a platform for European training activities;
- enables stakeholders to, inter alia, develop their organizations’ capacities to fully seize Erasmus+ opportunities, share best practices across European countries, find partners, or increase their projects’ impact at European level.
In the field of youth, the work of the SALTO YOUTH centres focuses on improving the quality and impact of the EU youth programmes (Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps) and supporting and developing European youth work. It involves:
- fostering the recognition of non-formal and informal learning throughout Europe;
- developing and documenting training and youth work methods and tools;
- enhancing the quality of youth projects through training courses, tools and practical publications and guidance;
- actively promoting inclusive approaches in youth work throughout Europe;
- giving an overview of European training activities that are available to youth workers through the European Training Calendar;
- providing a database of trainers and resource persons in the field of youth work;
- coordinating the implementation of Youthpass, the instrument to support validation of non-formal and informal learning outcomes in youth mobility and youth work activities.
The SALTO centres in the youth field have either a thematic (participation and information, inclusion and diversity, training and cooperation) or geographical (Eastern Partnership Countries and Russia, Southern Mediterranean, Western Balkans) focus.
Otlas – the partner finding tool for organisations in the youth field
One of the tools developed and hosted by the SALTO-Youth Resource Centres is Otlas, a central online partner finding tool for organisations in the youth field. Organisations can register their contact details and areas of interest in Otlas, and also create partner requests for project ideas.
More information available at: www.salto-youth.net/otlas
National Focal Points
In the third countries not associated to the Programme concerned (Latin America and the Caribbean, Sub-Sahara Africa, Middle East, Afghanistan, Asia and Pacific) the network of National Focal Points (NFPs) support the Commission, the Executive Agency and the local authorities to provide guidance, practical
information and assistance on all aspects of participation in Erasmus+ in the field of higher education, youth, vocational education and training and sport. They act as focal points for the stakeholders in their country and contribute to improving awareness, visibility, relevance, effectiveness and impact of the
international dimension of Erasmus+.
National Academic Recognition Information Centres (NARIC)
The NARIC network provides information concerning the recognition of diplomas and periods of study undertaken in other European countries as well as advice on foreign academic diplomas in the country where the NARIC is established. The NARIC network provides authoritative advice to anyone travelling
abroad for the purposes of work or further education, but also to institutions, students, advisers, parents, teachers and prospective employers.
The European Commission supports the activities of the NARIC network through the exchange of information and experience between countries, the identification of good practices, the comparative analysis of systems and policies in this field, and the discussion and analysis of matters of common educational policy interest.
More information available at: www.enic-naric.net
The Eurodesk network offers information services to young people and those who work with them on European opportunities in the education, training and youth fields, and the involvement of young people in European activities.
Present in all EU Member States and third countries associated to the Programme, and coordinated at European level by the Eurodesk Brussels-link Office, the Eurodesk network offers enquiry answering services, funding information, events and publications. It also contributes to the animation of the European
The European Youth Portal offers European and national information and opportunities that are of interest to young people who are living, learning and working in Europe. It provides information in 28 languages.
Platforms and tools
The Erasmus+ Project Results Platform
The Erasmus+ Project Results Platform provides access to information and results concerning all projects funded under the Erasmus+ Programme. Organisations can find their inspiration in the wealth of project information and make use of the results and lessons learned from Erasmus+ implementation.
Projects can be searched by keyword, key action, year, country, topic, type of results, etc. Searches can be saved and constantly updated on the most recent projects, according to pre-defined criteria. Good practice projects – which have been identified in terms of policy relevance, impact, communication potential – are
The Erasmus+ Project Results Platform can be accessed here: ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/projects/
The School Education Gateway (SEG)
The School Education Gateway is Europe’s online platform for school education, available in 23 EU languages. As it is a public website, it can be accessed by anyone on Internet (i.e. also from countries outside the EU) and the main audience is the broad range of European school education stakeholders: teachers and school leaders, VET teachers and trainers, Early Childhood Education and Care staff, learning support staff, education stakeholder organisation representatives, researchers, local and regional authorities, inspectorates and other central authority agencies, and ministries of education. This wide user reach and diverse content aims to improve the links between policy and practice in European school education, support school and professional development, and provide users with networking and collaborative tools to support their projects and mobility opportunities.
The SEG offers a wide range of content: effective practices developed within European projects; monthly articles and video interviews of European school education experts; online courses to support teachers and other stakeholders to develop their practices; resources such as publications, teaching materials and
tutorials; information on school education news and events; and dedicated thematic areas, such as on Inclusion (with a dedicated European Toolkit for Schools) and Key Competences. Teachers and school staff can use the search tools to find training and mobility opportunities for professional development (on-site courses, job shadowing, teaching assignments etc.), which can be funded under Erasmus+ Key Action 1 and suitable partners for Key Action 2 (or other non-Erasmus+) projects.
Access to all Erasmus+ tools and relevant information is available at: schooleducationgateway.eu
eTwinning is a community of teachers and school staff from pre-primary to upper secondary schools, hosted on a secure platform accessible only to school staff vetted by National Support Organisations (NSO). Participants can involve themselves in many activities: carrying out projects with other schools and
classrooms; discussions with colleagues and development of professional networking; involvement in a variety of professional development opportunities (online and face-to-face). eTwinning is funded under Key Action 2 of the Erasmus+ Programme.
Teachers and schools participating in eTwinning receive support from their National Support Organisations (NSO). These are organisations appointed by the competent national authorities. They assist schools during the process of registration, partner finding and project activity, promote the Action, deliver prizes and
quality labels and organise professional development activities for teachers.
The National Support Organisations are coordinated by a Central Support Service (CSS), which is also responsible for the development of the eTwinning platform and the organisation of teacher professional development activities at European level. The eTwinning platform will merge with the School Education
Gateway in early 2022 for streamlining access to information and tools.
The list of all services and more information available at: www.etwinning.net/en/pub/community/countries.cfm
The Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe – known as EPALE – is an initiative of the European Commission funded by the Erasmus+ Programme. It is open to adult learning professionals: teachers, educators, trainers and volunteers, as well as policy-makers, researchers, journalists and academics, and
others involved in adult learning.
The site offers up-to-date news on developments in the field and interactive networks, enabling users to link with others all around Europe, engage in discussions and exchange good practice. Amongst many tools and content, EPALE offers instruments of specific interest for Erasmus+ (potential) beneficiaries. Some
- A Calendar of courses and events
- A Partner-search tool, useful to find partners to prepare an EU-funded project or to find or offer a job shadowing opportunity
- A Course Catalogue, where visitors can find a broad range of online and offline courses
- Communities of practice offer an additional facility to liaise with people and organisations with similar interest
- Collaborative spaces, where project partners can work in a safe environment to develop their project
- The Erasmus+Space, a safe and secure tool in particular for Erasmus+ KA1 and KA2 project coordinators and their partners to put blended mobility/cooperation into practice and to use it for project management and dissemination;
- A Resource centre, where project beneficiaries can source useful reference material and /or post articles, teaching materials, reports, manuals, and any other material produced by their project or their organisation, hence offering an additional dissemination opportunity
- A Blog, where participants in projects can share their experience or upload videos presenting their results in an informal and dynamic way
- Projects that receive EU funding are encouraged to share information on their activities and results on the platform through blog posts, news, events and other kinds of activities.
EPALE is implemented by a Central Support Service and a network of National Support Organisations in EU Member States and third countries associated to the Programme which are in charge of identifying interesting information and encourage stakeholders to use and contribute to the platform. EPALE can be
accessed at: epale.ec.europa.eu/.
SELFIE (“Self-reflection on Effective Learning by Fostering the use of Innovative Educational technologies”) is a free, multilingual, web-based, self-reflection tool to help general and vocational schools develop their digital capacity.
SELFIE for Schools anonymously gathers the views of students, teachers and school leaders on how technology is used in their school. This is done using short statements and questions and a simple 1-5 answer scale. Based on this input, the tool generates a report – a snapshot (‘SELFIE’) of a school‘s strengths
and weaknesses in their use of technology. SELFIE is available for any primary, secondary and vocational schools in Europe and beyond, and in over 30 languages. It can be used by any school – not just those with advanced levels of infrastructure, equipment and technology use.
The Covid-19 pandemic has shown a massive shift towards digital technologies for remote working and learning, including for VET. It also demonstrated the difficulty of maintaining the work-based learning (WBL) part of VET in companies, which makes it even more urgent to increase the effectiveness of the
dialogue between VET teachers and in-company trainers via digital means.
As part of the Digital Education Action Plan, a new tool for teachers is under development. This tool (‘SELFIE for Teachers’) which will be available in all official EU languages in Autumn 2021 will allow teachers to self-assess their digital competence and confidence and to get immediate feedback on strengths and gaps and
where they can further develop. Teams of teachers can also work together to use the tool and develop a training plan.
In early 2020, a feasibility study on adapting the SELFIE tool for WBL in VET concluded there is a need for a SELFIE for WBL to bring VET institutions and companies closer together to jointly discuss how to best embed digital technology in the education and training provided. SELFIE for WBL not only gathers the three
perspectives of school leaders, VET teachers and learners, but also adds as a fourth perspective the view of in-company trainers. In autumn 2020, nine countries conducted successful pilots for extending SELFIE to WBL, including related to apprenticeships, involving a large number of stakeholders. SELFIE for WBL is
expected to be operational for a full roll-out by mid-2021.
SELFIE has been developed by the Joint Research Centre and Directorate General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (DG EAC). More information about SELFIE can be found here: ec.europa.eu/education/schools-go-digital_en
The HEInnovate guiding framework offers higher education institutions (HEIs) in the EU and beyond the opportunity to examine their innovation and entrepreneurship capacities through self-reflection in one or several of eight dimensions available, which are:
- Leadership and Governance
- Organisational Capacity: Funding, People and Incentives
- Entrepreneurial Teaching and Learning
- Preparing and Supporting Entrepreneurs
- Digital Transformation and Capability
- Knowledge Exchange and Collaboration
- The Internationalised Institution
- Measuring Impact
HEInnovate is also a community of practice and its experts offer workshops for HEIs to improve their innovation performance and train the trainers events to disseminate the approach more widely at national level. Training materials are available on the website. The platform also provides case studies and user
stories to showcase examples of different innovation approaches in HEIs throughout the EU. A number of Country Reviews have been done in collaboration with the OECD and are available on the HEInnovate and OECD websites. The HEInnovate Country Reports show innovation and entrepreneurship approaches in
different EU member states.
Erasmus+ -funded projects such as the European University alliances and the Alliances for Innovation are invited to use HEInnovate where relevant to accompany their projects.
HEInnovate can be accessed at: heinnovate.eu/en
The European Youth Portal
The European Youth Portal offers European and national information and opportunities that are of interest to young people who are living, learning and working in Europe. It also encourages the participation of young people in democratic life in Europe notably via the EU Youth Dialogue and other initiatives to engage
with young people to influence policy making. The European Youth Portal also provides information for other stakeholders working in the field of youth, is available in 28 languages and can be accessed here: europa.eu/youth/
European Student Card Initiative
The European Student Card Initiative aims at simplifying learning and training mobility by digitalising all the main components necessary for the organisation of student mobility, from information provision to application processes and settling into the host community while abroad. In the context of this initiative,
the Erasmus+ Mobile App and Erasmus without Paper Network are now available for higher education institutions and students and will be further enhanced by adding new services and features for users.
The Erasmus+ Mobile App gives students a single online point of access to all the information and services they need before, during, and after their exchanges abroad. The Erasmus+ Mobile App also includes information about participation in the programme for learners in other sectors. The app is available for
download in the App store and on Google Play. More information can be found at: erasmusapp.eu
The Erasmus without Paper Network allows higher education institutions to connect to a central communication channel to exchange seamlessly student mobility data in a secure and streamlined manner supporting a fully digitalised mobility management, including online learning agreements and digital inter-
institutional agreements. Higher education institutions that are looking to connect to the Erasmus without Paper Network can access information on how to connect, guidelines and tutorials by visiting the Erasmus without Paper Competence Centre: cc.erasmuswithoutpaper.eu