Course Content
Introduction to Erasmus+ Youth
This module serves as the foundation for your journey into the world of Erasmus+ Youth, an exciting programme that offers young people across Europe a myriad of opportunities to engage in international experiences, develop new skills, and foster a sense of global citizenship.
What are the opportunities?
Here you can find out about the different types of opportunities related to the Erasmus+ programme and learn more about the Youth Exchange and Training Course.
Who can take part?
Discover who can join the opportunities mentioned before.
How does it work?
As you know, the European Commission funds these mobilities, so in this section you will learn more about how the funding is distributed and how to prepare yourself to take part in a mobility.
Beginner’s Guide to Erasmus+ Youth for young people
About Lesson

Youth Exchanges are meetings of groups of young people from at least two different countries who gather for a short period to implement jointly a non-formal learning programme (a mix of workshops, exercises, debates, role-plays, simulations, outdoor activities, etc.) on a topic of their interest, seeking inspiration from the European Youth Goals. The learning period comprises a planning period before the application, preparation phase before as well as evaluation and follow-up after the exchange.


Engaging and empowering young people to become active citizens, connecting them to the European project, and helping them to acquire and develop competences for life and their professional future.


Topics can vary a lot, and they address issues that are relevant to the European Union. Here the complete list:

  • Access for disadvantaged
  • Agriculture, forestry and fisheries
  • Civic engagement / responsible citizenship
  • Cooperation between educational institutions and business
  • Creativity and culture
  • Cultural heritage
  • Disabilities – special needs
  • Early School Leaving / combating failure in education
  • Economic and financial affairs (incl. funding issues)
  • Energy and resources
  • Enterprise, industry and SMEs (incl. entrepreneurship)
  • Entrepreneurial learning – entrepreneurship education
  • Environment and climate change
  • Ethics, religion and philosophy (incl. Inter-religious dialogue)
  • EU Citizenship, EU awareness and Democracy
  • Gender equality / equal opportunities
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Home and justice affairs (human rights & rule of law)
  • ICT – new technologies – digital competences
  • Inclusion – equity
  • Integration of refugees
  • Intercultural/intergenerational education and (lifelong)learning
  • International cooperation, international relations, development cooperation
  • Key Competences (incl. mathematics and literacy) – basic skills
  • Labour market issues incl. career guidance / youth unemployment
  • Migrants’ issues
  • Natural sciences
  • New innovative curricula/educational methods/development of training courses
  • Open and distance learning
  • Overcoming skills mismatches (basic/transversal)
  • Pedagogy and didactics
  • Post-conflict/post-disaster rehabilitation
  • Quality and Relevance of Higher Education in Partner Countries
  • Quality Assurance
  • Quality Improvement Institutions and/or methods (incl. school development)
  • Reaching the policy level/dialogue with decision makers
  • Recognition (non-formal and informal learning/credits)
  • Recognition, transparency, certification
  • Regional dimension and cooperation
  • Research and innovation
  • Romas and/or other minorities
  • Rural development and urbanisation
  • Social dialogue
  • Social entrepreneurship / social innovation
  • Social/environmental responsibility of educational institutions
  • Teaching and learning of foreign languages
  • Transport and mobility
  • Youth (Participation, Youth Work, Youth Policy)

Objectives of youth exchanges:

  • Foster intercultural dialogue and learning and feeling of being European;
  • Develop skills and attitudes of young people;
  • Strengthen European values and breaking down prejudices and stereotypes;
  • Raise awareness about socially relevant topics and thus stimulate engagement in society and active participation.

…”Okay, I understand, a lot of words, but can I see an example?”

Of course! Check the link below, it’s related to a youth exchange implemented by Associazione Kora some years ago.