Brussels - The European Union (EU) is making almost 15 billion euros available for its seven-year exchange program "", around 40 percent more than for the previous programs. More than four million people will receive grants to study, train, work or volunteer abroad, including 2 million students, 650,000 vocational school students and apprentices, and more than 500,000 young people participating in or on youth exchanges Volunteer abroad.
"Erasmus + will also help combat youth unemployment by giving young people the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills through experience abroad," said Androulla Vassiliou, EU Commissioner for Education, culture, multilingualism and youth. As part of Erasmus +, the EU also provides funding for teachers, trainers, youth workers and for partnerships between universities, colleges, schools, companies and non-profit organizations.
In the new Erasmus + program, the EU brings together all current programs for education, training, youth and sport, including the lifelong learning program, Youth in Action and five international cooperation programs - Erasmus Mundus, Tempus, Alfa, Edulink and the Program for cooperation with industrialized countries.