ERASMUS+ - Virtual Exchanges in Higher Education and Youth with other specific regions in the world

Deadline :
February 23, 2022 11:39 AM

Brussels time

Project Duration:
Funding available:
€3,000,000
Partners required:
At least 4 applicants (beneficiaries; not affiliated entities)

Funding programme

Erasmus+ is the EU funding programme for education, training, youth and sport for the period 2021-2027. Read more about ERASMUS+ here.

Call overview

This call aims to boost international cooperation with countries not associated to Erasmus+ programme 2021-2027.

Call summary

Many young people -especially in Partner Countries - have no access to physical mobility, a situation aggravated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Hence, the goal of this call is to expand the reach and scope of Erasmus+, based on the experience of the 2018-2020 virtual exchange pilot project. 


Virtual exchanges are online people-to-people activities that promote intercultural dialogue and soft skills development. They make it possible for every young person to access high-quality international and cross-cultural education (both formal and non-formal) without physical mobility. While virtual debating or training does not fully replace the benefits of physical mobility, participants in virtual exchanges ought to reap a number of the benefits of international educational experiences. Virtual exchanges also help spreading European values. Moreover, in some cases they can prepare, deepen and extend physical exchanges, as well as fuel new demand for them.

Call details

Virtual exchanges take place in small groups and are always moderated by a trained facilitator. They should be easily integrated into youth (non-formal education) projects or higher education courses. Virtual exchanges can draw participants from both sectors, even if, depending on specific projects, they could involve participants from either only one of them or from both. All projects under this call will involve both organisations and participants coming from EU Member States or third countries associated to the programme (Programme Countries) and from Partner Countries.

The specific objectives of this call are the following:

  • encouraging intercultural dialogue with third countries not associated to the programme and increasing tolerance through online people-to-people interactions, building on digital, youth-friendly technologies;
  • promoting various types of virtual exchanges as a complement to Erasmus+ physical mobility, allowing more young people to benefit from intercultural and international experience;
  • Enhancing critical thinking and media literacy, particularly in the use of internet and social media, such as to counter discrimination indoctrination, polarization and violent radicalisation;
  • fostering the digital and soft skills development of students, young people and youth workers, including the practice of foreign languages and teamwork, notably to enhance employability;
  • promoting citizenship and the common values of freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination through education;
  • strengthening the youth dimension in the relations of the EU with third countries.

Eligibility

In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must: 

+ be legal entities (public or private bodies)

+ be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:

   - Erasmus+ Programme Countries

  • EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs))
  • non-EU countries:  listed EEA countries and countries associated to the Erasmus+ Programme or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature (list of participating countries).

   - Erasmus+ Partner Countries: see for a list the call document page 11

Consortium Composition

Proposals must be submitted by a consortium of at least 4 applicants (beneficiaries; not affiliated entities) which complies with the following conditions: 

  • Only applicants from Erasmus+ Programme Countries can take the role of coordinator.
  • The consortium must have a minimum of 2 higher education institutions or 2 youth organisations from two Programme Countries

and 

  • 2 higher education institutions or 2 youth organisations from 2 eligible Partner Countries within the same region.
  • The number of organisations from the Programme Countries may not be higher than the number of organisations from the Partner Countries.
  • In the case of Sub-Saharan Africa, applicants are encouraged to involve partners from a wider range of countries in their proposal, including least developed countries19 and/or partners that have less experience in Erasmus+. 

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Deadline :
February 23, 2022 11:39 AM

Brussels time

Project Duration:
Funding available:
€3,000,000
Partners required:
At least 4 applicants (beneficiaries; not affiliated entities)