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Scholarships and grants:

If you need financial support for going abroad, you might want to read some information about scholarship programmes. Here you will find an overview of scholarship programmes and a link to a scholarship search engine.

Socrates has developed three lifelong learning programs.

Comenius:

What are the aims?

Specific objectives

  • To develop knowledge and understanding among young people and educational staff of the diversity of European cultures and languages and its value
  • To help young people acquire the basic life
  • skills and competences necessary for their personal development, for future employment and for active European citizenship Operational objectives
  • To improve the quality and to increase the volume of mobility involving pupils and educational staff in different Member States
  • To improve the quality and to increase the volume of partnerships between schools in different Member States, so as to involve at least 3 million pupils in joint educational activities during the period of the programme
  • To encourage the learning of modern foreign languages
  • To support the development of innovative ICT-based content, services, pedagogies and practice in lifelong learning
  • To enhance the quality and European dimension of teacher training
  • To support improvements in pedagogical approaches and school management

What target public?

  • Pupils in school education up to the end of upper secondary education
  • Schools, as specified by Member States
  • Teachers and other staff within those schools
  • Associations, not-for-profit organisations, NGOs and representatives of those involved in school education
  • Persons and bodies responsible for the organisation and delivery of education at local, regional and national levels
  • Research centres and bodies concerned with lifelong learning issues
  • Higher education institutions
  • Bodies providing guidance, counselling and information services

What types of activity?

The following actions are supported by the Comenius Programme: Mobility of individuals which may include:

  • Exchanges of pupils and staff
  • Mobilty to schools for pupils (aged of 12 as a minimum) and placements in schools or enterprises for educational staff
  • Participation in training courses for teachers and other educational staff
  • Study and preparatory visits for mobility, partnership, project or network activities
  • Assistantships for teachers and potential teachers Development of partnerships between:
  • Schools, with a view to developing joint learning projects for pupils and their teachers ("Comenius school partnerships")
  • Organisations responsible for any aspect of school education, with a view to fostering inter-regional cooperation, including border region cooperation ("Comenius-Regio partnerships") Multilateral projects aimed at:
    • Developing, promoting and disseminating educational best practices, including new teaching methods or materials
    • Developing or exchanging experience on systems of providing information or guidance particularly adapted to the learners, teachers and other staff concerned by the Comenius programme
    • Developing, promoting and disseminating new teacher training courses or course content Multilateral Networks aimed at:
    • Developing education in the discipline or subject area in which they operate, for their own benefit and for that of education more widely
    • Acquiring and disseminating relevant good practice and innovation
    • Providing content support to projects and partnership set up by others
    • Promoting the development of needs analysis and its practical applications within school education Other initiatives aimed at promoting the objectives of the Comenius Programme, including e-Twinning (‘Accompanying Measures’)

What are Comenius actions?

 

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Erasmus:

Have you ever wished to live and study abroad? Have you ever wanted to get to know a different culture, study at a foreign university, meet new friends, learn another language, all at the same time? Then ERASMUS may be what you are looking for!

The ERASMUS programme offers the possibility of studying abroad in another European country for a period of between 3 and 12 months. You may receive a study grant! And you won't have to pay university fees abroad! In addition, your studies abroad will be recognised at your home university.

What are the aims?

Specific objectives To support the realisation of a European Higher Education Area

  • To reinforce the contribution of higher education and advanced vocational education to process of innovation Operational objectives
  • To improve the quality and to increase the volume of students and teaching staff mobility throughout Europe, so as to contribute to the achievement by 2012 of at least 3 million individual participants in student mobility under the Erasmus and its predecessor programmes
  • To improve the quality and to increase the volume of multilateral cooperation between higher education institutions in Europe
  • To increase the degree of transparency and compatibility between higher education and advanced vocational education qualifications gained in Europe
  • To improve the quality and to increase the volume of cooperation between higher education institutions and enterprises -To facilitate the development of innovative practices in education and training at tertiary level, and their transfer, including from one participating country to others
  • To support the development of innovative ICT-based content, services, pedagogies and practice for lifelong learning

What target public?

  • Pupils in school education up to the end of upper secondary education
  • Schools, as specified by Member States
  • Teachers and other staff within those schools
  • Associations, not-for-profit organisations, NGOs and representatives of those involved in school education
  • Persons and bodies responsible for the organisation and delivery of education at local, regional and national levels
  • Research centres and bodies concerned with lifelong learning issues
  • Higher education institutions
  • Bodies providing guidance, counselling and information services

What types of activity?

The following actions are supported by the Erasmus Programme:

  • Mobility of individuals which may include:
    • Mobility of students for the purposes of studying or training in Member States in higher education institutions, as well as placements in enterprises, training centres, research centres or other organisations ('Erasmus Students')
    • Mobility of teaching staff in higher education institutions in order to teach or receive training in a partner institution abroad
    • Mobility of other staff in higher education institutions and staff of enterprises for purposes of training or teaching
    • Erasmus intensive programmes organised on a multilateral basis
  • Multilateral projects focusing inter alia on innovation, experimentation and the exchange of good practice in the areas mentioned in the specific and operational objectives.
  • Networks run by consortia of higher education institutions and representing a discipline or a cross-disciplinary field ('Erasmus Thematic Networks') which aim to develop new learning concepts and competencies. Such networks may also include representatives from other public bodies of from enterprises or associations
  • Other initiatives aimed at promoting the objectives of the Erasmus Programme ('Accompanying Measures')  

What are Erasmus actions?

 

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Leonardo da Vinci:

What are the aims?

Specific objectives

  • To support participants in training and further training activities in the acquisition and the use of knowledge, skills and qualifications to facilitate personal development
  • To support improvements in quality and innovation in vocational education and training systems, institutions and practices
  • To enhance the attractiveness of vocational education and training and mobility for employers and individuals and to facilitate the mobility of working trainees Operational objectives
  • To improve the quality and to increase the volume of mobility throughout Europe of people involved in initial vocational education and training and in continuing training, so as to increase placements in enterprises to at least 80.000 per year by the end of the LLP
  • To improve the quality and to increase the volume of co-operation between institutions or organisations providing learning opportunities, enterprises, social partners and other relevant bodies throughout Europe
  • To facilitate the development of innovative practices in the field of vocational education and training other than at tertiary level, and their transfer, including from one participating country to others
  • To improve the transparency and recognition of qualifications and competences, including those acquired through non-formal and informal learning
  • To encourage the learning of modern foreign languages
  • To support the development of innovative ICT-based content, services, pedagogies and practice for lifelong learning.

What target public?

  • People learning in all forms of vocational education and training except at tertiary level
  • People in the labour market
  • Institutions and organisations providing learning opportunities in the fields covered by the Leonardo da Vinci Programme
  • Teachers, trainers and other staff within those institutions or organisations
  • Associations and representatives of those involved in vocational education and training, including trainees', parents' and teachers' associations
  • Enterprises, social partners and other representatives of working life, including chambers of commerce and other trade organisations
  • Bodies providing guidance, counselling and information services relating to any aspect of lifelong learning
  • Persons and bodies responsible for systems and policies concerning any aspect of vocational education and training at local, regional and national level
  • Research centres and bodies concerned with lifelong learning issues
  • Not-for-profit organisations, voluntary bodies, and NGOs

What types of activity?

The following actions are supported by the Leonardo da Vinci Programme:

Mobility of individuals which may include:

  • Transnational placements in enterprises or in training institutions
  • Placements and exchanges aimed at the further professional development of trainers and guidance counsellors, and at those responsible for training establishments and for training planning and career guidance within enterprises

Partnerships focusing on themes of mutual interest to the participating organisations Multilateral projects in particular those aimed at improving training systems by focusing on the transfer of innovation involving the linguistic, cultural and legal adaptation to national needs of innovative products and processes developed in different contexts of innovation Multilateral projects aimed at improving training systems by focusing on the development of innovation and good practice Thematic networks of experts and organisations working on specific issues related to vocational education and training Study and preparatory visits for mobility, partnership, project or network activities Other initiatives aimed at promoting the objectives of the Leonardo da Vinci Programme (‘Accompanying Measures’)

What are Leonardo da Vinci actions?

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