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Published: 18/12/2013 13:10

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Erasmus+: What’s in it for young people?


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Find out how the new Erasmus+ programme can help you increase your opportunities to study, train, gain work experience and volunteer abroad in 2014.

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Europe's most successful student exchange programme (Erasmus) is being relaunched in an improved and expanded version, Erasmus+. It brings together 7 existing EU programmes in the fields of education, training and youth and, for the first time, it will provide support for sport. But what does all this really mean for young people around Europe?


Some of the abroad opportunities in numbers:

  • 2 million higher education students will study or learn abroad;
  • 650.000 vocational students and apprentices will spend part of their education abroad;
  • 200.000 Master’s students will benefit from a new loan guarantee scheme and more than 25.000 scholarships for Joint Master Degrees;
  • 500.000 young people will volunteer abroad or participate in youth exchanges;
  • 800.000 lecturers, teachers, trainers, education staff and youth workers will teach or train abroad.


Mobility opportunities are open to anyone: young people, high school students, vocational or university students, teachers and youth workers can live and learn in a foreign country, thanks to this new EU programme which aims to boost skills and employability of young people around Europe.  


Want to find out more?

You can find more details on the official website and Facebook page of the programme and you can also join the conversation on Twitter about it!


How to apply

Please contact the Erasmus+ National Agency in your home country. In Germany there are four National Agencies:  JUGEND für Europa, the National Agency for Youth in Action, the National Agency for EU Higher Education Cooperation at DAAD, the National Agency in the Pedagogical Exchange Service of the Standing Conference and the National Agency Bildung für Europa at the Federal Institute for Vocational Education.


Of course you can also contact the Executive Agency (EACEA) in Brussels.