Erasmus+ Tools - Terms and conditions

The information provided here outlines what is expected from listings posted under the Erasmus+ Tools. In order to ensure maximum and lasting benefit for schools and teachers, all posters are required to comply with the standards outlined here, and to adhere to the aims and standards of the Erasmus+ programme.

 These Terms and Conditions complement the website’s general Disclaimer.

Please also read the Frequently Asked Questions and Tutorial.

Tools disclaimer

The Erasmus+ Tools are provided as part of the School Education Gateway, a portal established by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Education and Culture in collaboration with the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency. Listed courses, mobility opportunities and strategic partnership requests are offered by independent organizations, and the European Commission accepts no responsibility or liability with regard to their content. No listing has been pre-approved by the European Commission or the National Agencies, but posters are asked to respect the terms and conditions given. Choosing a course, mobility opportunity or strategic partnership offer from the database does not guarantee that schools will be awarded an Erasmus+ grant. Furthermore, it is not necessary for a course, mobility opportunity or strategic partnership to be listed in the School Education Gateway in order to be included in the Erasmus+ application.

Basic terms and conditions

  • Use of the Erasmus+ Tools is free-of-charge both for posters and for individuals searching for listings that match their criteria.
  • Anyone can post a course, mobility opportunity or strategic partnership request. The only technical requirement for creating a listing is to have a login account associated to an organization. Once this account has been set up, users can post a listing in any section.
  • In order to access certain features of the School Education Gateway and the Erasmus+ Tools, you must register to create an account and become a member.
  • Every effort is made to keep the website running smoothly. However, the School Education Gateway takes no responsibility for, and will not be liable for, temporary unavailability of the website due to technical issues beyond our control.
  • The School Education Gateway takes no responsibility for any ratings or comments submitted regarding content.
  • The School Education Gateway reserves the right to modify the website or the Erasmus+ Tools, or to modify these Terms at any time and without prior notice.
  • The School Education Gateway reserves the right to remove or delete any content or comments considered inaccurate, inappropriate, or irrelevant for the objectives and target audience of the website. In such cases, the poster of the content will be informed and reasons for the removal will be provided.

Mobility Opportunities

  • The database is intended to be used for listing offers of mobility opportunities to school staff, for example job-shadowing, observation periods or teaching assignments at a school or other organization abroad.
  • The costs of a staff mobility activity can be supported with Erasmus+ funding as part of each school’s European Development Plan (See Key Action 1: Mobility project for school education staff).
  • Find out more about application deadlines, conditions and procedures at the Erasmus+ website

Strategic Partnerships

  • The database is intended to be used for posting project ideas and partner search announcements that are eligible for consideration as EC-funded Strategic Partnerships.
  • Find out more about application deadlines, conditions and procedures at the Erasmus+ website

Course Catalogue

Requirements for courses published in the Course Catalogue of the School Education Gateway

This document outlines the requirements for teacher training courses in relation to Erasmus+. In order to ensure maximum and lasting benefit for schools and teachers, course providers are expected to comply with these requirements and adhere to the aims and standards of the Erasmus+ programme. These requirements should also help schools looking for appropriate courses.

Disclaimer: The European Commission cannot be held responsible for the content, delivery, or management of a specific course.

Compliance with the definition of learning mobility for school education staff given in the Programme Guide

Courses must be designed and run in line with the rules and objectives set out in the Erasmus+ Programme Guide for Key Action 1: Learning mobility of school education staff. These rules include requirements on the content, location, and duration of the course. Further information is available at: (pp. 55-59).

Providing a European Dimension 

The course must provide a European Dimension, both in the content and structure of the course. The European Dimension can be activated in many ways, such as by diversifying the profile of participants, creating multicultural groups, and finding an appropriate location for the course.

A teacher's attendance on a course should be a catalyst for a better understanding of and reflection upon European priorities in their school, as well as a meaningful implementation of these priorities at a whole-school level. It should also ensure that teachers have the opportunity to meet teachers from a) other European countries, and b) that work at the same educational level (early years, primary, secondary) with whom they can establish new international projects.

Every European course is at the same time a potential contact-building seminar, during which participants can start developing other European projects. Providers should therefore ensure that 'eTwinning' is presented to trainees during their courses, in order to offer them and their schools opportunities in the areas of networking, peer communication and participation in learning events and collaborative projects after the course. See more information here.

Meeting schools' and teachers' professional needs with good quality course design

A course that takes place abroad should offer new perspectives for each participant's school in their home country, in line with the needs and strategies outlined in the European Development Plan. Moreover, the course design must reflect the current professional development needs of individual teachers, identified through the European Development Plan, teacher surveys and other relevant sources. The courses should be delivered by experienced leaders with knowledge of multiple national systems, and each course should be flexible enough to adapt to the needs of each group of participants. 

A good quality course should:

  • Be both engaging and interactive, facilitating a productive dialogue between participants;
  • Focus on the development of teachers' professional competences;
  • Offer a balance between theory and the practical application of approaches;
  • Select activities that are appropriate to the course duration and objectives;
  • Use a range of methods to deliver the course content in order to both engage participants in the sessions and inspire innovation in their future practice;
  • Show flexibility in the delivery of the course according to the needs of participants (e.g. languages, competence levels, previous experience);
  • Provide a variety of means for participants to reflect upon and share their learning.

Providers offering their courses via the Course Catalogue must guarantee that the courses are run according to their outlined objectives. Providers should ensure a good level of detail in the outline, and a straightforward and accessible application process.

Courses should provide certification for teachers, including dates of attendance, course content and learning outcomes. Certificates should be signed by the course provider and be presented in a way that could be used in participants’ career development. A suggested template is the Europass Mobility document.

Other provision

Course providers should ensure that learning spaces, accommodation and refreshments are of a good standard. They must also make provision for participants with special needs.

Ensuring Future Impact

Course providers should make sure that the course ensures the following outcomes for each teacher:

  • Networking: continued communication with other course participants and with colleagues in schools (e.g. through eTwinning or thematic collaborative spaces);
  • The transfer of acquired knowledge and competences to their own practice (the success of this will depend on the schools as well as the course providers);
  • Impact on their school through active involvement in strategic planning in relation to the school’s European Development Plan.

Evaluation to inform the future development of courses

An evaluation should be built into each course design. Providers must make sure that they respond appropriately to the outcome of each evaluation concerning the quality of their courses.