Erasmus+in Iceland

The European Commission has integrated its various educational,training, sports and youth initiatives under a singlesingle programme, the Erasmus +-. With a budget of nearly €14,7 billion for the period 2014 to 2020, the new programme replaces the previous Lifelong Learning education and training programme, Youth in Action as well as several smaller international higher education programmes.

Erasmus + is divided into;

  • Centralised actions which are managed by the Educational, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European Commission
  • Decentralised actions which are managed by National Agencies in the 33  participating countries (the 28 EU countries, the EEA countries Iceland, Norway and Lichtenstein, Turkey and Macedonia)

A simplified programme, Erasmus +  hashas onlythree key actions and a two special sections, Jean Monnet for Higher Education and a section for Sport. These actions cover all educational fields – from school to higher education – as well as youth and sport initiatives.  These actions are:

  1. Key Action 1- Mobility of individuals
  2. Key Action 2- Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of good practices
  3. Key Action 3- Support for policy reforms

Key Actions 1 and 2 are managed decentrally by Erasmus+National Agencies while Key Action 3, and some individual activities under Key Action 2are managed centrallyby the EACEA in Brussels.

The Icelandic Erasmus+ National Agencies

There are two Erasmus+ National Agencies in Iceland. Icelandic Erasmus + National Agency education, training and sportis hosted by the Icelandic Centre for Research (Rannís) in accordance with an agreement between Rannís and the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture. The Youth part of the Erasmus + programme is, however, hosted by UMFÍ (The Icelandic Youth Organisation) and has it own homepage

In addition to hosting the National Agency for the Erasmus +Programme the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture has also delegated the management of a host ofother  European and national initiatives and programmes to Rannís. These include among others:

  • Horizon 2020-EU´s programme 2014-2020 for Research and Innovation
  • Creative Europe, EU´s programme forCulture and Media 2014-2020
  • EEA grants
  • Other small programmes and actions like COST, EUREKA, EURAXEX
  • The Euroguidance Network
  • Europass
  • eTwinning
  • Nordplus
  • National Programmes

Contact information

E-mail:  and/or for the Youth part

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