Erasmus+ is the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport for the years 2014 to 2020. It provides funding and support for organisations to operate projects consistent with its objectives and which encourage European exchange, co-operation and learning. Erasmus+ is funded by the European Union through the contributions of member states, including Ireland. Funding of almost €170 million has been allocated to Ireland for the duration of the programme.

Erasmus+ funding is available to all sectors (or fields) of formal, informal and non-formal education. Structurally, Erasmus+ is divided into three ‘Key Actions’ describing the kind of project activities possible.

What are the programme objectives?

Erasmus+ aims to  modernise and improve the quality of teaching, training and youth work across Europe, and to support the development, transfer and implementation of innovative practices. These objectives are closely tied with the Europe 2020 strategy of achieving a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy by 2020 for all of Europe’s citizens. Fundamental goals for Erasmus+ include improving key competences and skills, and fostering partnerships between education and employment.  The programme also seeks to promote European values as stated in Article 2 of the Treaty on European Union: respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights.

Who can participate?

Erasmus+ is open to private or public organisations active in the fields of adult education, higher education, school education, sport, vocational education and training, and youth and community work, in any participating country.  While the programme enables individuals to travel, work, volunteer and study abroad, project applications from individuals themselves are not accepted. However, individuals may apply to attend Transnational Cooperation Activities with the support of their organisations.

Management and Structure

Management of the programme is divided between the Directorate General for Education and Culture (DGEAC) of the European Commission, and National Agencies in the participating countries. Léargas is the Irish National Agency for Erasmus+ in the adult education, school education, vocational education and training, and youth fields. For Erasmus+ in higher education, please contact the Higher Education Authority.


Léargas is a not-for-profit organisation that operates under the aegis of the Department of Education and Skills and the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. Léargas manages European, national and international exchange and cooperation programmes in education, training and youth and community work and has been managing such programmes for over 20 years. Léargas currently has 35 staff based in our Dublin office. Our staff come from Ireland, Poland, France and Spain and have wide-ranging experience in education, training, community, youth and development work; and in IT and finance. The National Centre for Guidance in Education operates under the aegis of Léargas.
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Delighted to be a part of the Wheel conference today! #wheelconf16
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Move through Mobility with this lovely video made by participants in the #ErasmusPlus Youth Key Action 1 training course in Balbriggan earlier this year. Check for more Youth training opportunities at
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Celebrating Diversity across Europe on #eTwinning Day, 9 May!

From 18 April to 9 May, eTwinning wanted to find out how young people across Europe felt about diversity through the #eTwinning4Diversity campaign. Teachers and students across Europe organised activities in their schools to celebrate on the day.

A big thank you to all the schools that organised activities for eTwinning Day on the 9th May. On Facebook this week we’re highlighting just two of them:

St Michael’s Boys’ School, Mervue, Galway, organised an International/Europe Day to celebrate diversity. They organised a wonderful range of activities on the day, including a feast of delicious dishes from countries around the world. Students made posters with lots of information about various countries and created colourful mosaics of stickers as they showed on different maps where they and their families have come from.

In Our Lady of Fatima School, Wexford, the students had a great day doing all sorts of activities: in-class exercises, a Lip Sync Eurovision Battle, Europe and eTwinning cake, Europe Anthem, Europe Table Quiz and a Euro Disco!

Check our eTwinning Day Photo Album for more great photos.

On a European level, there were over 500 videos posted on the ‘Celebrate Diversity’ campaign page from schools all over Europe with 20 events organised by eTwinners to celebrate diversity with a total of 700 sign-ups. A special thank you to Maynooth Post Primary School and Killorglin Community College for uploading videos to eTwinning Live as part of the campaign.
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Léargas added 28 new photos to the album: eTwinning Day 09 May 2016.Thursday, May 19th, 2016 at 5:43am
Photos from the celebrations in two Irish schools
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Do you love #eTwinning and want to share your knowledge and passion with others? eTwinning Ambassadors are teachers who communicate their experiences to other schools and teachers, and make known the advantages of participation.

Apply to be an Ambassador at by 5.30pm on 22 June 2016. We will select the most suitable teachers on the basis of their professional and eTwinning experience, and how they can contribute to the eTwinning network. Find out more on our Ambassadors page:
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Learning mobility for individuals:

‘Mobility’ in this context simply means physical travel from one country to another for the purpose of learning or professional experience. This action therefore allows organisations to send staff, trainers, students, or young people to other European countries to undertake a dedicated period of learning or professional experience, such as job shadowing, training, volunteering, or gaining work experience.

Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices (Strategic Partnerships):

This encourages organisations across Europe to form strategic partnerships with each other to develop and use innovative methods in teaching, training, and youth work, and to share these results with the wider community. Note that two other actions possible under KA2, Knowledge Alliances and Sector Skills Alliances, are managed centrally by DGEAC.

Support for Policy Reform:

This action is open to the Youth field only and supports dialogue between young people and policy makers. Each Key Action is subdivided by the sector involved, as the application procedure and rules differ for each field. For in-depth information about Erasmus+, download the European Commission’s Programme Guide.