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Funding programs

Within the European Union there are several funding programs that support education-related projects, such as international student exchanges, teacher exchanges, interactive ICT-projects or other (partnership-)projects.

On this page, an overview is given of different funding programs that can be of interest to our member schools. Please note that many national funding programs have not been included, but might nevertheless be of interest to you.


Erasmus +


This mobility project can comprise the following activities:

Student mobility:

  a study period abroad at a partner higher education institution (HEI);

  a traineeship (work placement) abroad in an enterprise or any other relevant workplace.


This mobility project can comprise the following activities:

Staff mobility:

  teaching assignments: this activity allows teachers or other school education staff to teach at a partner school abroad;

  structured courses or training events abroad: support the professional development of teachers, school leaders or other educational staff;

  job shadowing: provides an opportunity for teachers, school leaders or other school staff to spend a period abroad in a partner school or another relevant organisation active in the field of school education.  


A VET mobility project can comprise the following activities:

Learners' mobility:

  a VET traineeship abroad for up to 12 months.

This activity is open to both apprentices and students in vocational training schools. These learners undertake a vocational training placement in another country. Learners are hosted either at a workplace (in an enterprise or other relevant organisation) or at a VET school (with periods of work-based learning in an enterprise or other relevant organisation).


Two types of projects can be supported under this Action:

  Mobility projects for young people and youth workers that can comprise of Youth Exchanges, European Voluntary Service and/or Youth Workers  activities.

  Mobility projects for young people focusing on European Voluntary Service activities for experienced EVS Coordinating Organisations.


European Voluntary Service (EVS):

The EVS activities should allow young people aged 17-30 to express their personal commitment through unpaid and full-time voluntary service for up to 12 months in another country within or outside the European Union. Young people with fewer opportunities can receive additional support to enable their participation and would also be allowed to go on EVS for a shorter duration of time (from 2 weeks and up).


Higher education students who want to complete a full study programme at Master level in another Programme Country may be able to apply for an EU-guaranteed loan to contribute to their costs.


Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees (EMJMD) aim to:

  foster quality improvements, innovation, excellence and internationalisation in higher education institutions (HEI);

  increase the quality and the attractiveness of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and supporting the EU's external action in the higher education field, by offering full degree scholarships to the best Master students worldwide;

  improve the level of competences and skills of Master graduates, and in particular the relevance of the Joint Masters for the labour market, through an increased involvement of employers.


Strategic Partnerships aim to support the development, transfer and/or implementation of innovative practices as well as the implementation of joint initiatives promoting cooperation, peer learning and exchanges of experience at European level.


Capacity-building Projects are transnational cooperation projects based on multilateral partnerships, primarily between higher education institutions (HEIs) from Programme and eligible Partner Countries financed through the above-mentioned instruments. They can also involve non‑academic partners to strengthen the links with society and business and to reinforce the systemic impact of the projects.


Capacity-building projects are transnational cooperation projects based on multilateral partnerships between organisations active in the field of youth in Programme and Partner Countries. They can also involve organisations from the fields of education and training, as well as from other socio-economic sectors.



The activities in support for policy reform are targeted at the achievement of the goals of the European policy agendas, in particular the Europe 2020 Strategy, of the Strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (ET 2020) and of the European Youth Strategy.


Structured Dialogue projects can take the form of meetings, conferences, consultations and events. These events promote the active participation of young people in democratic life in Europe and their interaction with decision-makers. As a concrete result of these events, young people are able to make their voice heard (through the formulation of positions, proposals and recommendations) on how youth policies should be shaped and implemented in Europe.


Jean Monnet Activities support the following Actions:

  Jean Monnet Modules (teaching and research);

  Jean Monnet Chairs (teaching and research);

  Jean Monnet Centres of Excellence (teaching and research);

  Jean Monnet Support to Associations;

  Jean Monnet Networks (policy debate with the academic world);

  Jean Monnet Projects (policy debate with the academic world).  


CEB Council of Europe Development Bank Education and Vocational Training

 Loans and guarantees for education and professional training projects