Foreign Exchange Stays

Erasmus+ is the EU's programme for the support of education, training, youth and sport in Europe. The participants are mainly students and teachers, but also apprentices, volunteers, and leaders of youth and amateur sports organisations.

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Here you can find the official website of the programme.

University or vocational college students

The Erasmus+ programme is the most popular educational programme in Europe. Tens of thousands of university students participate in it every year. You can be one of them! Get to know how things work in another country, gain new knowledge and experience, improve your language skills, make foreign friends and build a professional network. You can choose from thousands of universities (not only) in the EU. 

Who can participate? 

There is no age limit for Erasmus+. Anyone who is currently enrolled in at least the second year of full-time study (with the exception of practical placements, where it is possible to start in the first year) and is officially studying at the time of the study exchange may participate. The programme is also open to recent graduates.  

Under what conditions can I participate?

Only students who attend a university/vocational college with the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education  (ECHE) can participate in the Erasmus+ programme. All schools involved in Erasmus+ have this information listed on their website.

Where can I go on exchange?

The international relations office at your university or vocational college will provide you with information on the specific destinations you can travel to.  

In general, you can choose from these countries: 

  • EU Member States, i.e. Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Cyprus, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Austria, Romania, Greece, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden 

  • EEA countries, i.e. Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway 

  • Candidate countries, i.e. North Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey 

  • United Kingdom 

You can also travel to countries outside Europe, if your university or vocational college participates in international credit mobility. 

What financial support will I receive?

A scholarship helps students cover the costs associated with living abroad. In the Erasmus+ programme, the amount of the scholarship currently ranges from EUR 420 to 699 per month depending on the living costs in a chosen country. If you go on exchange outside Europe (using the international credit mobility scheme), you are entitled to a monthly scholarship of EUR 700 and a partial reimbursement of your travel expenses. Socially disadvantaged and special needs students can apply for additional financial support.    

Approved rates for mobility funded by the 2020 Call are available.

Mobility types

  • Study exchanges

    Studying at a foreign university.

    • Both the sending and the receiving institution must have a status of a higher education institution (a higher education institution from a partner country must have a signed interinstitutional agreement with a higher education institution from a programme country). 

    For how long?

    You can participate in Erasmus+ for 3 to 12 months, or for 2 to 12 months if you go on a practical placement. Graduates must make the trip (and be back again) within one year of taking their finals. 

    How to apply?

    1. The international relations office at your university/vocational college will inform you where you can study with the Erasmus+ programme. 

    2. The same department will tell you when the latest Erasmus+ selection procedure is to be launched. 

    3. You apply at your home school, take an interview and go through the selection procedure. 

    4. If you are successful in the selection procedure, pay attention to further documents that are needed for the trip and that your school will require from you. 

    5. Take a look at the website of the foreign school you are going to with Erasmus+. Here, too, certain documents are very likely to be required from you. 

    6. If you meet all the conditions and the foreign school confirms your admission to Erasmus+, you can set off! 

  • Internships

    Work placements in companies or organisations abroad 

    • The sending institution must be a university 

    • The host institution can be a university or any public or private organisation active in the labor market or in education, training and youth work. Examples of these organisations are given here.

    For how long?

    You can go on an internship for 2 to 12 months. Graduates must make the trip (and be back again) within 1 year of taking their finals.  

    How to apply for an internship  

    1. At your school’s foreign affairs department you can find out what the conditions are for going on an Erasmus+ internship. 

    2. The same department will tell you when the latest selection procedure for Erasmus+ placements is to be launched. 

    3. An internship may take place at foreign organisations, companies or institutions. You can either contact them yourself and arrange the placement in person, or you can choose from the range of placements abroad offered by your home school. 

    4. You apply at your home school, take an interview and go through the selection procedure. 

    5. If you are successful in the selection procedure, pay attention to further documents that are needed for the trip and that your home school will require from you. 

    6. Take a look at the website of the foreign organisation you are going to with Erasmus+. Here, certain documents are very likely to be required from you. 

    7. If you meet all the conditions and the foreign organisation confirms your admission to Erasmus+, you can set off! 

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Why to go abroad?

  • You will improve in foreign languages.
  • Employers value experience from studying or working abroad.
  • You will not only get to know the local culture and customs, but you will most likely learn a lot of new things on your own.
  • You will gain the necessary confidence and determination, you will find out what you like doing, you will clarify what you want to do in the future.
  • You will enjoy a lot of fun and adventure and make new friends, maybe for life.
  • It is perfectly normal to be anxious before leaving for a stay abroad, but the feeling that you have managed it is invaluable.

Repeated trips

Students may undertake study stays or internships abroad for a maximum of 12 months per study cycle (bachelor's, master's, doctoral). They can thus undertake, for example, 6 months of study stay and 6 months of practical internship, or a whole 12 months of practical internship. However, the limit of 12 months in one study cycle always applies. Months completed under the heading of the previous Lifelong Learning Program / Erasmus in the same study cycle are counted towards this time. For multi-year (eg five-year) master's programs, the maximum time that may be spent on  a study stay / internship is 24 months. 

University or vocational college employees

All university and vocational college employees (not only academics) can participate in the Erasmus + programme. The grant can be used to finance teaching visits to higher education institutions abroad or training courses. It is possible to apply for repeated stays. Get to know how things work in another country, gain new knowledge and experience, improve in a foreign language, establish professional contacts. You can choose from thousands of universities in EU countries and elsewhere. 

Who can participate?

Employees of universities and vocational colleges. 

Under what conditions can I participate?

You can take part in the Erasmus+ programme if you are an employee of a university or a vocational college that holds an ECHE (Erasmus Charter for Higher Education). 

Where can I go?

  • EU Member States, i.e. Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Cyprus, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Austria, Romania, Greece, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden 

  • EEA countries, i.e. Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway 

  • Candidate countries, i.e. North Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey 

  • United Kingdom 

Under international credit mobility arrangements, academic and non-academic staff can also travel outside Europe. It always depends on the interinstitutional agreements concluded by the school with partner institutions. For a list of partner universities and countries that it is possible to visit, contact the Erasmus+ coordinator at your school. 

What financial support will I receive?

Mobility costs are covered by a flat-rate contribution provided by the European Commission on the basis of the project budget. The Commission may allocate the budget in full but may also reduce it in an assessment. 

The grant consists of the following budget items: 

  • Travel expenses
  • The costs of the stay/assignment
  • The costs of organising mobility
  • The costs of participants with special needs
  • Language lessons/course fees
  • Extraordinary costs

More information can be found in the Erasmus+ Programme Guide.

 

How to apply?

Candidates apply through their employer (see above). The selection of participants is entirely within the employer’s competence. 

Types of foreign exchange stays

  • Teaching period abroad

    This enables academic staff at higher education institutions or employees from the corporate sphere to teach at foreign partner higher education institutions. Employee mobility can take place in any field or academic discipline. 

    Who can go?

    Academic staff, including PhD students who are employed at the university, can apply for a teaching period abroad. The participant can be a citizen of any country but must be employed by the sending institution. 

    For how long?

    A teaching period between two Programme countries must last a minimum of 2 days and a maximum of 2 months, excluding travelling time. 

    A teaching period between a Programme country and a Partner country must last a minimum of 5 days and maximum of 2 months, excluding travelling time.  The teaching activity must comprise a minimum of 8 hours per week. 

  • Traineeships

    Traineeships are intended for both academic and non-academic staff and can take place at a partner higher education institution holding an ECHE, as well as at any public or private organisation focused on education, training or youth work. 

     

    The traineeship may take the form of job-shadowing, a course or professional training, a study visit, workshop or seminar.

    Who can participate?

    All university or vocational college employees can participate in training courses. The participant can be a citizen of any country but must be employed by the sending institution. 

    For how long? 

    Traineeships must last a minimum of 2 days and a maximum of 2 months. This excludes travelling time. 

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Pupils at elementary or secondary school

The Erasmus+ programme, the most popular educational programme in Europe, also offers foreign experience to primary and secondary school pupils. Unlike university students, they cannot go on their own, only as part of a project carried out by the school where they study. Elementary school students go on excursions and visits to partner schools, for example, while professional internships are popular among secondary school students. It is a unique opportunity to find out how things work in another country, gain new experiences, improve in a foreign language and establish international friendships. 

Who can go?

Pupils of primary schools, secondary vocational schools, vocational schools, higher vocational schools and also their graduates.

Under what conditions can I participate?

Erasmus+ school education

Primary and secondary school pupils cannot go abroad individually, but only as part  of school activities within cooperation projects. 

Erasmus+ vocational education and training

Pupils from secondary vocational schools and colleges and post-secondary vocational schools, or those who have graduated from these schools within the last year, may apply for specialist placements. They apply through their school, which must be involved in the Erasmus+ programme. Placements are possible at vocational training organisations or companies. 

Where can I go? 

Erasmus+ vocational education and training

You may go to: 

  • EU Member States, i.e. Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Cyprus, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Austria, Romania, Greece, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden 

  • EEA countries, i.e. Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway 

  • Candidate countries, i.e. North Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey 

  • United Kingdom 

For how long?

Erasmus+ vocational education and training

There are two possibile types of vocational education and training placement at VET organisations or companies: 

  • “Short-term Student Mobility” lasting from 2 weeks to 3 months 

  • “ErasmusPro”, which is long-term student mobility with a minimum duration of 3 to 12 months 

What financial support will I receive?

Erasmus+ vocational education and training

The cost of these visits is partially covered by the European Commission with a flat-rate sum on the basis of an approved grant application submitted by the school. 

Pupils’ following costs are covered:

  • Travel expenses
  • The costs of the stay/assignment
  • The costs of organising mobility
  • The costs of participants with specific needs
  • Language lessons (only if the language of the placement is not on the OLS electronic platform)
  • Extraordinary costs

How to apply?

Erasmus+ vocational education and training

The selection of pupil mobility participants is entirely in the competence of their school. If your school is involved in the Erasmus+ programme and organises student mobility, ask your class teacher or the school management about the possibility of going abroad. 

 

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Nursery, primary and secondary school staff

Employees of nursery, primary and secondary schools, including special, artistic and vocational schools, can also take part in the Erasmus+ programme. The scholarship can be used for teaching stays, training, courses or shadowing in a guest institution. It is a unique opportunity to get to know how things work in another country, to gain new knowledge and experience, to improve in a foreign language, to establish professional contacts and create project partnerships. It is possible to travel repeatedly to more than 30 European countries. 

Who can participate?

Erasmus+ school education

Stays are intended for teaching and non-teaching staff at schools that meet the criteria published annually by the national agency on the programme website, which are: 

  • Nursery schools, including special ones
  • Primary schools, including special and art schools
  • Secondary schools, including vocational, special and art schools and colleges

Erasmus+ vocational education and training

Visits are intended for teaching and non-teaching staff at schools that meet the criteria published annually by the national agency on the programme website, which are: 

  • Nursery schools, including special ones
  • Primary schools, including special and art schools
  • Secondary schools, including vocational, special and art schools and colleges 

Mobility is open to employees of organisations active in the field of vocational education and training, persons responsible for vocational education and training and, in the case of a training stay, experts from both the private and public sectors.  

Under what conditions can I participate? 

Erasmus+ school education 

Applications for grants abroad are submitted not by individuals, but by schools that meet the criteria published annually by the national agency on the programme website, which are: 

  • Nursery schools, including special ones
  • Primary schools, including special and art schools
  • Secondary schools, including vocational, special and art schools and colleges

The school submits a project proposal by the deadline, including a plan for the further education of its staff through trips abroad, and plans for the professional development of its staff for the next 1 to 2 years. 

Since the 2015 Call, it has also been possible for applications to be submitted by a consortium coordinator, i.e. a school of the type defined above or a school founder – municipalities, associations of municipalities and regions as school founders at local and regional level, and other organisations which may be school founders, such as ministries or churches. The coordinator must be a legal entity. 

Erasmus+ vocational education and training 

An application for grant support is submitted by the organisation, not by participants themselves. The planned activities should lead to the development of the organisation as a whole, not just the staff. 

The following types of institutions may apply for a grant for the mobility of persons in vocational education and training: 

  • Public or private organisations active in the field of vocational education and training that are sending pupils or staff on mobility projects abroad 

  • A coordinator of a VET national consortium of organisations active in the field of vocational education and training 

Eligible applicants are schools included in the Register of Schools and School Facilities maintained by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, namely: 

  • secondary vocational schools and colleges, art schools and post-secondary vocational schools 

Where can I go? 

  • You may go to 

  • EU Member States, i.e. Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Cyprus, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Austria, Romania, Greece, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden 

  • EEA countries, i.e. Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway 

  • Candidate countries, i.e. North Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey 

  • United Kingdom 

For how long?

Erasmus+ school education: 2 days to 2 months

Erasmus+ vocational education and training: 2 days to 2 months

What financial support will I receive?

Mobility costs are covered by a flat-rate grant provided by the European Commission on the basis of the project budget. The Commission may allocate the sum in full but may also reduce it in an assessment. 

The grant encompasses the following budget items: 

  • Travel expenses
  • The costs of the stay/assignment
  • The costs of organising mobility
  • The costs of participants with special needs
  • Language lessons/course fees
  • Extraordinary costs

More information can be found in the Erasmus+ Programme Guide.

How to apply? 

Candidates apply through their employer (see above). The selection of participants is entirely within the employer’s competence. 

Mobility types

Erasmus+ teaching/training stays

  • The first type of activity is teaching/training stays. During these stays, teachers from vocational schools teach at a partner school, and employees of companies teach at an organisation involved in vocational education. Since the 2016 Call, applicants have been able to actively invite trainers from a foreign company to come to teach at their organisation. 

Erasmus+ professional development of employees 

  • The second type of activity is the professional development of employees. This permits the development of specialist knowledge and skills of employees in the field of vocational education and training, It takes the form of a work placement or sharing experience (job shadowing or an exchange of experience) directly at a company or another organisation involved in vocational education. 

 

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Young people aged 13 - 30

Young people who are unable or unwilling to participate through their school may take part in the Erasmus+ programme as part of the Youth Exchange project. Thanks to Youth Exchange, two or more groups from different countries can meet and work on a topic that interests them. The participants gain new knowledge and skills, get to know other cultures and broaden their horizons and opportunities for future employment. 

Who can participate?

Young people aged 13 to 30 years. An application for grant support is always submitted by an organisation or group. 

Under what conditions can I participate?

Those interested in participating in a Youth Exchange must find an organisation involved in the project that is currently looking for participants. 

Where can I go?

The destinations currently available depend on which organisations are involved in the Youth Exchange. 

  • EU Member States, i.e. Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Cyprus, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Austria, Romania, Greece, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden 

  • EEA countries, i.e. Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway 

  • Candidate countries, i.e. North Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey 

  • United Kingdom 

  • Partner countries, including the countries of the Western Balkans, Eastern Europe and the Caucasus region, the Southern Mediterranean, and Russia. 

For how long?

Youth Exchanges last for 5 to 21 days. 

What financial support will I receive?

Youth Exchanges are largely covered by a grant encompassing:

  1. Travel expenses, i.e. the cost of the round trip;
  2. The cost of organising mobility, i.e. the cost of accommodation, food, etc.;
  3. The costs of participants with special needs, i.e. disadvantaged participants;
  4. Extraordinary costs, i.e. costs to support the involvement of all participants, such as visas, vaccinations, residence permits, etc. 

How to apply

If you are interested in participating in a Youth Exchange, it is necessary to find an organisation involved in the project and join its activities. The most reliable method is to monitor our social media, where current opportunities are posted, and the social media of individual organisations involved in the project. 

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Youth workers

With the Erasmus+ programme, any worker who provides non-formal education to young people, including disadvantaged youth, can go abroad. It is a unique opportunity to learn how things work in another country, gain new knowledge and experience, improve in a foreign language, create professional contacts and project partnerships. The scholarship can be used to organise training courses, seminars, internships and study visits, for example. It is possible to go abroad repeatedly, and to more than 30 European countries. 

Who can participate? 

Any worker who provides non-formal education to young people, including disadvantaged youth, may participate in the Erasmus+ programme.   

Under what conditions can I participate? 

If you are a youth worker, you can participate in Mobility of Youth Workers under the Erasmus+ programme.  It is possible to go abroad if you are involved in a project in which there are at least two organisations or informal groups – your home one and the partner one. There are no age limits.  

Where can I go? 

Activities must take place in the countries where either your organisation or the partner organisation comes from. In general, it is possible to go to one of the:  

  • Programme countries, i.e. the 27 EU Member States, plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Serbia, North Macedonia, Turkey and the United Kingdom.  

  • Partner countries, including the countries of the Western Balkans, Eastern Europe and the Caucasus region, the Southern Mediterranean, and Russia.  

How long can I go for? 

Activities abroad may last between 2 days and 2 months, not including the days required for the journey. The actual implementation of the project may take from 3 to 24 months.  

What financial support will I receive?

Mobility of Youth Workers is largely covered by a grant encompassing: 

1. Travel expenses, i.e. the cost of the round trip  

2. The cost of organising mobility, i.e. the cost of accommodation, food etc.  

3. The costs of participants with special needs, i.e. disadvantaged participants  

4. Extraordinary costs, i.e. costs to support the involvement of all participants, such as visas, vaccinations, residence permits, etc. 

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Education experts

The Erasmus+ programme is the most popular educational programme in Europe, offering foreign experience to employees of organisations working in the field of adult education, training or youth work. It is a unique opportunity to learn how things work in another country, to gain new knowledge and experience, to improve in a foreign language, to establish professional contacts and project partnerships. The scholarship can be used for teaching and training stays, courses, traineeships and job shadowing in the host institution. It is possible to travel repeatedly to more than 30 European countries.

Who can participate?

Employees of adult education organisations. An application for grant support is submitted on their behalf by their organisation. 

Any public or private organisation active in the field of adult education or in the labour market in the field of education, training or youth work may participate. 

These organisations may be:

  • Schools, institutions or centres for adult education 

  • Facilities for the further education of adults with special needs 

  • Higher education institutions that provide further educational opportunities for adults 

  • Public or private businesses (including social enterprises) 

  • Non-profit organisations, associations, non–governmental organisations, foundations 

  • Cultural organisations, libraries, museums 

  • Others. 

Under what conditions can I participate?

Activities supported for employee development:

  • Teaching/training stays – these enable adult educators to teach or provide training at a partner organisation abroad 

  • Employee professional development – aimed at professionally developing workers in adult education. This includes structured courses or traineeships abroad 

  • Job shadowing – this enables adult education workers to spend some time abroad at a relevant organisation 

Where can I go?

  • EU Member States, i.e. Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Cyprus, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Austria, Romania, Greece, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden 

  • EEA countries, i.e. Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway 

  • Candidate countries, i.e. North Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey 

  • United Kingdom 

For how long?

The duration of the project period is from 1 to 2 years. Individual mobilities may last from 2 days to 2 months.

 What financial support will I receive?

The grant covers most of the cost of the project and consists of the following items: 
1. the costs of organising mobility, i.e. costs directly related to the implementation of mobility, including the preparation, monitoring and support of participants during mobility 
2. travel expenses 
3. subsistence costs 
4. course fees or costs related to course participation fees 
5. increased costs for people with special needs that are directly related to people with disabilities and those accompanying them 
6. extraordinary costs

How to apply

You must apply through your employer (see above).

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