Erasmus+ opportunities for schools: School Exchange Partnerships

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Schools across Europe can benefit from the funding opportunities provided by the European Commission’s Erasmus+ Programme, including support for training courses and teaching assignments for professional development (Key Action 1), or participation in project partnerships (Key Action 2). In this article, you will learn more about School Exchange Partnerships and how your school could join one!

Since the Erasmus+ call 2018, schools have been able to apply for School Exchange Partnerships, also known as Key Action 2 projects.

This opportunity supports mainly small projects, bringing together between two and six schools. A project can last 1-2 years, or up to 3 years in cases of long-term pupil mobility.

Four different activity types:

  1. Short-term exchanges of groups of pupils (3 days to 2 months)
  2. Long-term study mobility of pupils (2 to 12 months)
  3. Short-term joint staff training events (3 days to 2 months)
  4. Long-term teaching or training assignments (2 to 12 months)

How to apply?

The application process for School Exchange Partnerships is simpler than the ‘traditional’ Key Action 2 projects (called Strategic Partnerships), making them ideal for schools applying for their first Erasmus+ partnership.

If you are already familiar with eTwinning, the good news is that Exchange projects are strongly encouraged to use it to work together before, during and after the project activities, by combining mobility and physical exchanges with virtual cooperation.

  • Who can take part: Only schools
  • Project size: 2-6 schools from at least two different Programme Countries
  • Duration: 1 to 2 years (or 1 to 3 years for projects organising long-term pupil mobility)
  • Budget: Maximum EUR 99000 per year in total (maximum of EUR 16500 per year and per participating school)

How and when to apply: Through your National Agency during the Erasmus+ call

Examples of ongoing School Exchange Partnership projects:

Get inspired by other projects by browsing through our monthly ‘practice’ articles. Use the search function to enter keywords.

You can also search the Erasmus+ Project Results Platform for a full list of project descriptions.

Are you interested in learning more about the Erasmus+ Programme? Join the Erasmus+ funding opportunities for schools online course taking place at the Teacher Academy in autumn 2019!