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|Lower age limit||Upper age limit||Exception|
|Action 1: Youth for Europe|
|1.1 Youth Exchange||13||25||26-30|
|1.2. Youth Initiatives||18||30||15-17|
|1.3. Youth Democracy Projects||13||30||None|
|Action 2: European Voluntary Service||18||30||16-17|
|Action 3: Youth in the world
For Youth Exchanges, the rules as in Action 1
apply, for Training and Networking Projects,
|Action 4: Youth support systems||No age limits|
|Action 5: European cooperation in the youth field|
|5.1 Transnational Youth Seminars and National Youth Seminar||-15||-30||-None|
Things that you can do by getting the funding from the EU Youth in Action Programme are grouped into Actions.
The programme offers several activities for young people:
Youth Exchanges offer an opportunity for groups of young people (in principle aged 13 to 25) from different countries to meet and learn about each other’s cultures. The groups plan together their Youth Exchange around a theme of mutual interest. These are a 6-21 day events for young people. The group must consist of minimum 16 participants. It can involve a minimum of two countries or more.
This Action supports group projects designed at national and international level in order to strengthen their European aspect and to enhance cooperation and exchanges of experiences between young people. Youth Initiatives address mainly young people between 18 and 30. Young people from the age of 15 may be admitted if accompanied by a youth worker or coach. This action allows a minimum of four young people to start their own activity which improves the local community for youth or for anybody else, but involves young people as volunteers. Projects developed by a single group in their country of residence are called National Youth Initiatives, whereas projects realised in common by two or more groups from different countries are called Transnational Youth Initiatives.
This Action supports young people’s participation in the democratic life of their local, regional or national community and at international level. It is open to young people between 13 and 30.
The aim of the European Voluntary Service is to support young people's
participation in various forms of voluntary activities, both within and outside
the European Union. Under this Action, young people aged 18 to 30 take part
individually or in groups in non-profit, unpaid activities. The service may last
up to twelve months. In exceptional cases, young people from 16 years old may
participate in European Voluntary Service. It can last from 2 weeks to 12 months
if you decide for a Short Term EVS – for people with special needs (which we
are) or from 2 to 12 months if you decide for a Long Term EVS.
And one more for young people or organizations active in the field of youth:
This is for organizations to organize contact making seminars among other
organizations, to do trainings, study visits, plan youth activities and so on.
You can read all the details in English at http://ec.europa.eu/youth/yia/index_en.html where you will also find the Programme Guide for the programme in your own national languages,
There you will also find links to your National Agency – an organization in charge of running the EU Youth in Action Programme in your country. Just look through the pages, read the Programme Guide and if you are interested contact them. Usually there are young, enthusiastic and very nice people working there, so have no fear!
There are rules about which country can take part. Have a look with whom or where you can spend your next summer camp.
Countries, which can participate in all Actions of the Youth in Action programme,
are called “Programme countries”.
Most types of project co-financed by the Youth in Action Programme require a partnership to be established between two or more partners. A distinction is made between Programme Countries and Partner Countries.
Member States of the European Union (EU
Programme Countries of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) which are members of the European Economic Area (EEA)
Programme Countries which are candidates for accession to the European Union
|South East Europe||Eastern Europe and Caucasus||Mediterranean Partner Countries|
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Republic of Macedonia
Palestinian Authority of the West Bank and Gaza Strip
Cooperation with other Partner Countries of the world, having signed agreements with the European Community relevant to the youth field, is possible under Action 2 and 3.2 of the Programme.
There are four project application dates a year. However, always plan much ahead as it may take you up to six months to actually start doing your project. But don’t be discouraged!
For projects that are selected at national level, there are five application deadlines a year:
|Projects starting between||Application deadline|
|1 May and 30 September
1 July and 30 November
1 September and 31 January
1 December and 30 April
1 February and 31 July
For all projects selected at European level, there are three application deadlines a year:
|Projects starting between||Application deadline|
|1 July and 30 November
1 November and 30 March
1 January and 31 July
If you are a higher education student and would like to spend some of your time studying at a foreign university, Erasmus programme is the thing for you.
have a closer look at
language courses (EILC),
European credit transfer system (ECTS).
You can also link to Erasmus for students in the left hand corner of the site to learn more about how to become an Erasmus exchange student or simply click on http://ec.europa.eu/education/programmes/llp/erasmus/students_en.html
This is of special interest to all of us: the link is http://ec.europa.eu/education/programmes/llp/erasmus/disable_en.html It contains information for Students with severe disabilities in SOCRATES/Erasmus.
To ensure that students with severe disabilities can take full advantage of the European mobility arrangements, the ERASMUS programme pays particular attention to guidance, reception, physical accessibility, pedagogical and technical support services, and, especially, financing of the extra costs.
This means that your ERASMUS grant is higher than the normal study grant to offset the specific difficulties with which you are faced (such as physical access and the organisation and content of teaching).
For the grant application you have to fill in a form describing your disability, the special needs and additional requirements it entails, as well as a detailed cost estimate of the financial support you will need. Your application should include a medical certificate stating the level of disability, acknowledged by a doctor and by your home university. Hand in your application to your home university. For your information, see last year's application form (pdf format).
To find out information on the sort of facilities available at your host university before going abroad, you can get into direct contact with the person who is responsible for these matters at your prospective host university. The international relations office of your home university should assist you with this.
In the meantime, the HEAG database (Higher Education Accessibility Guide) contains a guide to support services in higher education institutions in Europe. This database provides for a search for specialist support and guidance services at higher education institutions for students with disabilities.
You should also ask your National Agency to provide you with more information on specific issues that are of concern to you when planning your study period abroad. The "European Agency for Development in Special Needs Education" provides a 3network of contact persons, appointed by the Ministries in each of the EU/EEA countries, who are available to answer questions and give advice on issues concerning special equipment and facilities for disabled students.
In general, your home institution should ensure that the necessary arrangements
are being made at the host institution to meet your specific needs.
We hope we have encouraged you to take the opportunity to study abroad with the ERASMUS programme!