Erasmus accreditations in the field of school, vocational and adult education

Erasmus accreditations offer the possibility for organisations in school, vocational and adult education to transfer from the principle of implementation and application for individual projects to strategic planning and capacity building.

Common objectives for all three fields are:
  • Strengthening the European dimension of teaching and learning by promoting the values of inclusion and diversity, tolerance and democratic participation.
  • Promoting knowledge about shared European heritage and diversity.
  • Supporting development of professional networks across Europe.
What are the types of accreditation?
  • Erasmus accreditation in the field of school education
  • Erasmus accreditation in the field of vocational education
  • Erasmus accreditation in the field of adult education
How to apply for the accreditation?

In order to acquire Erasmus accreditation, it is necessary for organisations in school, vocational and adult education to submit the Erasmus plan for the period from 2-5 years, in which they will oblige to implement high quality mobility activities as part of their organizational development. This plan is a part of internationalization strategy based on the needs and long-term international plans.

In addition, all who apply for the Erasmus accreditations, need to follow the Erasmus quality standards found on the website of the European Commission.

What are the possibilities for the institutions with Erasmus accreditations?

Organisations with accreditation have the simplified application process for KA1 accredited mobility projects within their respective fields. However, available funds for accredited organisations will be limited and it is advisable that all of the organisations contact Foundation Tempus prior to submitting a final number of mobilities for that particular year. If the interested organisations lack the international project and cooperation experience, it is recommended that they apply for the short-term mobility projects first.

More information on KA1 short-term mobility projects and projects for accredited organisations can be found within the respective sector your education is a part of.

Where and when to apply for the Erasmus accreditations?

Applications must be submitted to Foundation Tempus by 19 October 2021 at noon.

What is the permitted number of applications?

Organisations can apply once in every educational sector (school, vocational and adult education). If the organisation plans to apply in more than one sector, they need to apply separately for each of the sectors.

Additional information and the application forms can be found on the website of the European Commission.

Information about approved Erasmus accreditations in October 2020 Call, can be found here.

Who can apply?

• Pre-schools; 
• Primary schools; 
• Primary music schools; 
• Primary ballet schools; 
• Primary schools for students with special needs and disabilities; 
• Primary and secondary schools for students with special needs and disabilities; 
• Educational centres as an institution for preschool, primary and secondary education; 
• Grammar schools.

What opportunities are available for institutions that receive Erasmus accreditation?

Institutions that receive accreditation in the field of school education have the possibility of simplified application for KA1 mobility projects for accredited organizations within the same field. However, funding for accredited organizations will be limited. Therefore, accredited schools and organizations are advised to consult Tempus Foundation regarding the proposed number of mobilities for the current year. If interested organizations do not have experience in international projects and cooperation, it is recommended to apply for short-term mobility projects first.

More information on KA1 short-term mobility projects and mobility projects for accredited organizations in the field of school education can be found here.

What are the specific objectives in the field of school education?

1. Supporting professional development of employees in the field of school education.
2. Application of new technologies and methods in teaching.
3. Improving the knowledge of foreign languages of the participants.
4. Supporting the exchange of knowledge and good practices in teaching and school development.
5. Strengthening the capacity of schools for international cooperation and implementation of high quality mobility projects.
6. International students exchange.
7. Recognition of learning outcomes of employees and students during their stay abroad.

What is the maximum number of accreditations awarded in the field of school education?

The maximum number of granted accreditations in the field of general education is eight.

Who can apply?
  • Secondary vocational schools;
  • Mixed schools (grammar school and secondary vocational or art school);
  • Secondary school for students with special needs;
  • Primary and secondary school for students with special needs and disabilities.
What opportunities are available to organisations with an Erasmus Accreditation?

Organisations with an accreditation in vocational education and training have simpler requirements when applying for KA1 mobility projects for accredited organisations within their field. However, funding for accredited organisations will be limited. With that in mind, accredited schools and organisations are advised to consult the Tempus Foundation regarding their planned number of mobilities for a given year. If interested organisations do not have experience with international projects and cooperation, it is recommended to apply for short-term mobility projects first.

More information about KA1 short-term mobility projects and projects for accredited organisations in vocational education and training can be found here.

What are the specific objectives in the field vocational education and training?

1. Increasing the quality of initial and continuing vocational education and training (IVET and CVET).
2. Strengthening key competences and transversal skills, in particular language learning.
3. Supporting the development of job specific skills needed in the labour market.
4. Sharing best practices and promoting the use of new and innovative pedagogical methods and technologies, and supporting the professional development of teachers, trainers, mentors and other staff in VET.
5. Building the capacity of VET providers to carry out high quality mobility projects, and their ability to form quality partnerships while developing their internationalisation strategy.
6. Making mobility a realistic possibility for any learner in IVET and CVET, and increasing the average duration of mobility for VET learners.
7. Fostering the quality, transparency and recognition of learning outcomes of mobility periods abroad, especially by using European tools and instruments.

What is the maximum number of awarded accreditations?

The maximum number of awarded accreditations in vocational education and training is ten.

Who can apply?
  • Primary and secondary schools for functional adult education in accordance with the law.
  • Publicly recognized adult education organizers.
  • Libraries, civil societies, adult education centers and other organizations that continuously implement specialized courses.
What opportunities are available for institutions that receive Erasmus accreditation?

Institutions that receive accreditation in the field of adult education have the possibility of simplified application for KA1 mobility projects for accredited organizations within the same field. However, funding for accredited organizations will be limited. Therefore, accredited schools and organizations are advised to consult with Tempus Foundation regarding the proposed number of mobilities for the current year. If interested organizations do not have experience in international projects and cooperation, it is recommended to apply for short-term mobility projects first.
More information on KA1 short-term mobility projects and mobility projects for accredited organizations in the field of adult education can be found here.

What are the specific goals for the field of adult education?

1. Increasing the quality of formal, informal and non-formal adult education.
2. Increasing the quality of adult education offer through employee training.
3. Strengthening the capacity of organizations active in the field of adult education to implement high quality mobility programs and projects.
4. Increasing the quality of teaching and learning in all forms of adult education.
5. Improving the provision of adult education for key competences as defined by the EU Framework 2018, including basic skills (literacy, numeracy, digital skills) and other life skills.
6. Increasing the number of participants of all ages and different socio-economic status by providing support to organizations working with students with disabilities, newly arrived organizations that have not had experience with the Erasmus program so far.

What is the maximum number of accreditations awarded in the field of adult education?

The maximum number of accreditations awarded in the field of adult education is four.

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