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Erasmus+ Virtual Exchanges in higher education and youth: deadline for applications 20 September 2022

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Funding state
Current
Application period
23.3.2022 – 20.9.2022 at 18:00 o'clock
Application form

Erasmus+ Virtual Exchanges projects (EVE) consist of online people-to-people activities that promote intercultural dialogue and soft skills development. They make it possible for all young people to access high-quality international and intercultural (both formal and non-formal) education without physical mobility. Although virtual debates or training does not fully replace the benefits of physical mobility, participants in virtual exchanges should gain some of the benefits of international educational experiences.

Digital platforms are a valuable tool for partially responding to some of the worldwide global restraints on mobility caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Virtual exchanges also help to spread European values, and in some cases, they can be used to prepare, deepen and extend physical exchanges and increase their demand.

Virtual exchange projects are implemented in small groups and they are always moderated by a trained facilitator. They should be easy to integrate into youth projects (non-formal education) or higher education studies. Virtual exchange projects can have participants from both sectors although, depending on the project, they may involve participants from only one or both sectors. Organisations and participants from both EU Member States, third countries associated to the programme and third countries not associated to the programme participate in all projects under this call for proposals.

There are two Erasmus+ Virtual Exchanges calls:

  • Virtual Exchanges with the Western Balkans
  • Virtual Exchanges with other specific regions in the world (Sub-Saharan Africa, Southern Mediterranean and Neighbourhood East)

Grants for both actions can be applied for directly to the Executive Agency of the European Commission. 

The deadline for applications in the 2022 application round is 20 September 2022 at 18.00 Finnish time (17.00 CET)

Objectives

The action aims to encourage intercultural dialogue with third countries not associated to the programme and increase tolerance through online interaction between people by using digital and youth-friendly technology

  • promote different types of virtual exchanges to supplement the physical mobility in the Erasmus+ programme so that more young people have access to intercultural and international experiences
  • develop critical thinking and media literacy especially in the use of the internet and the social media to prevent discrimination, indoctrination, polarisation and violent radicalisation
  • promote the development of digital and soft skills, including the practice of foreign languages and teamwork, among students, young people and youth workers especially to improve employability
  • promote citizenship and the shared values of freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination through education
  • strengthen the youth dimension in the EU’s relationships with third countries.

This action follows a funding model based on a lump sum. The lump sum of each grant is determined according to the estimated budget for the action proposed by the applicant. The EU grant per project is a maximum of EUR 500,000 and a maximum EUR 200 per person (i.e., a project awarded EUR 500,000 should reach at least 2,500 participants). 

Further information

More detailed information on applying for Erasmus Virtual Exchanges, the award criteria and the funding rules have been published on pages 187–195 of Part B of the Erasmus+ Programme Guide 2022.

The European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European Commission is responsible for providing guidance to applicants in this action.  You can send contact requests related to applications for virtual exchanges to the following email address: EACEA-EPLUS-VlRTUAL-EXCHANGES [at] ec.europa.eu.