Erasmus+ in Ireland

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Welcome to Erasmus+ in Ireland, managed by Léargas and the Higher Education Authority. This site introduces Erasmus+ and directs you to where
you can find more information about funding and opportunities.

Go to each tab above to find links to more information about Erasmus+ in each field.

Erasmus+ Programme Guide and Deadlines for 2019

To see the official guide to Erasmus+ for 2019, visit the Programme Guide 2019 web page. You can see a summary below of the deadlines for the actions managed in Ireland by Léargas and the HEA. But note that due to technical issues with the forms at European level, the 05 February deadline has been extended to allow you enough time to submit your application. The deadline has been extended by one week to 12 February 2019 for the following Actions:


Key Action 1

Adult Education Mobility 05 February
Higher Education Mobility 05 February
School Education Mobility 05 February
VET Mobility 05 February
Youth Mobility 05 February, 30 April, 01 October

Key Action 2

Adult Education Strategic Partnerships 21 March
Higher Education Strategic Partnerships 21 March
School Education Strategic Partnerships 21 March
VET Strategic Partnerships 21 March
Youth Strategic Partnerships supporting Exchange of Good Practice or Transnational Youth Initiatives: 05 February, 30 April, 01 October
Youth Strategic Partnerships supporting Innovation: 01 October

Key Action 3

Youth Meetings between young people and decision-makers 05 February, 30 April, 01 October

Erasmus+ Project results

Would you like to find out more about what educators and learners across Europe have been doing with Erasmus+ funding? Find out here: Erasmus+ Project Results Platform

Léargas Erasmus+ Impact Study:

Find out about the impact of Erasmus+ International Work Placements on Vocational Learners from Ireland. Léargas carried out this study during 2017, examining reports from VET Mobility projects carried out during 2014, 2015 and 2016. Download the report here (PDF).

Erasmus+ in Ireland – Mid Term Evaluation

mte_cover_2This national mid-term evaluation of Erasmus+ informs a wider evaluation being undertaken by the European Commission as required under Articles 21.2 and 21.3 of the Erasmus+ regulation.  The Irish evaluation was commissioned by the Department of Education and Skills, as the National Authority for Erasmus+, and was carried out by O’BRIEN/Governance Design. You can download a copy of the report here.

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At the launch of Erasmus+ in Ireland in May 2014, Léargas facilitated four workshops at which we asked stakeholders key questions about how Erasmus+ might be implemented in Ireland over the coming years. We wanted to start a process of consultation that will inform the strategic direction of our work in managing Erasmus+ in the youth, schools education, adult education and VET fields in Ireland. We have summarised the outcomes of the consultation in an online document, which you can read here: Erasmus+ Consultation Summary.

If you have any comments on the document or would like to be involved in further consultations, do contact us at

Erasmus+ launched in Ireland

Minister Ruairí Quinn TD launches Erasmus+ in Ireland

Minister Ruairí Quinn TD launches Erasmus+ in Ireland

Erasmus+ was officially launched in Ireland by Minister Ruairí Quinn TD on Monday 12 May in Dublin Castle. Ms Emily O’Reilly, European Ombudsman, gave the keynote address and Ms Runa Gudmarsdottir represented the European Commission. Two hundred stakeholders from the fields of education, training and youth work attended the event.  After the opening speeches in the morning, stakeholders attended a series of workshops and presentations, coming together again for a plenary session on strategic partnerships in the afternoon. For more, go to the Léargas press release here or the HEA news item here

The Erasmus+ programme aims to boost skills and employability, as well as modernising Education, Training, and Youth work. The seven-year programme will have a budget of €14.7 billion; a 40% increase compared to current spending levels, reflecting the EU’s commitment to investing in these areas. Ireland will receive €169m of this investment.

Erasmus+ will provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain work experience and volunteer abroad. Erasmus+ will support transnational partnerships among Education, Training, and Youth institutions and organisations to foster cooperation and bridge the worlds of Education and work in order to tackle the skills gaps we are facing in Europe. It will also support national efforts to modernise Education, Training, and Youth systems. In the field of Sport, there will be support for grassroots projects and cross-border challenges such as combating match-fixing, doping, violence and racism.

Click any of the tabs above to find out more about how Erasmus+ will work in different fields.

Erasmus+ brings together seven existing EU programmes in the fields of Education, Training, and Youth; it will for the first time provide support for Sport. As an integrated programme, Erasmus+ offers more opportunities for cooperation across the EducationTrainingYouth, and Sport sectors and is easier to access than its predecessors, with simplified funding rules.