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 2017

To see the official guide to Erasmus+ for 2017, you can download the Programme Guide 2017. Here’s a summary of the deadlines for the actions managed in Ireland by Léargas and the HEA.

Key Action 1

Adult Education Mobility 02 February
Higher Education Mobility 02 February
School Education Mobility 02 February, 04 October
VET Mobility 02 February, 04 October
Youth Mobility 02 February, 26 April, 04 October

Key Action 2

Adult Education Strategic Partnerships 29 March
Higher Education Strategic Partnerships 29 March
School Education Strategic Partnerships 29 March
VET Strategic Partnerships 29 March
Youth Strategic Partnerships 02 February, 26 April, 04 October

Key Action 3

Youth Meetings between young people and decision-makers 02 February, 26 April, 04 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+ Consultation SummaryConsultationSummaryCover

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.

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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.