Erasmus+ in Iceland

Erasmus + provides institutions, organisations and other bodies involved in education, training, youth and sports with the opportunity to cooperate accross borders and share methods and experiences with other countries. 

What is funded?

70% of the programme funding is dedicated to learning mobility opportunities abroad for people of all ages. This benefits them professionally and personally through new knowledge, skills and broadens their horizons. Participants also gain more self-confidence and independence and learn to adapt to new situations.

30% of the funding is dedicated to cooperation projects and policy reforms, where organisations are given the opportunity to experience international cooperation. In this way, they adopt new methods, exchange experiences and expand their network. In this way, Erasmus + plays a key role in enhancing and promoting innovation in education, training, youth work and sports.

Who can apply?

In the education and training sectors, only institutions (legal entities) can apply for grants. These can be pre-schools, primary or secondary schools, vocational schools, higher education institutions, adult education providers as well as music or art schools. School authorities and municipalities, as well as companies and organisations that provide education, can also apply for grants.

In the youth sector, NGOs, institutions, municipalities and in some cases informal groups of young people can apply for grants. The target group is youth workers and young people aged 13-30.

Individuals cannot apply directly for grants from the program, but apply for grants to their institutions.

Erasmus + is divided into;

  • Decentralised actions, which are managed by National Agencies in the 33 participating countries (the 27 EU countries, the EEA countries Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein, Serbia, Turkey and North-Macedonia).

  • Centralised actions which are managed by the Educational, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European Commission

Erasmus + has three key actions and a two additional sections, Jean Monnet Actions and Sport. These actions cover all educational fields – from school to higher education – as well as youth and sport initiatives. They are:

  • Key Action 1- Mobility opportunities

  • Key Action 2- Cooperation projects

  • Key Action 3- Support to policy development and cooperation

The Icelandic Erasmus+ National Agency

In Iceland, the Erasmus+ National Agency for all sectors is hosted by The Icelandic Centre for Research (Rannís) in accordance with an agreement between Rannís and the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture.

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

Partner search

The Erasmus+ National Agency in Iceland is not able to provide contact lists for partner search.
For partner search we encourage schools, organizations, and NGO´s to use the following European platforms:

Youth work

The SALTO-YOUTH Resource Centres promote and support youth work by offering trainings, tools, and state-of-art strategies. The partner finding tool, Otlas, helps you with the first steps in building your projects for international activities.

School Education (and Vocational Education and Training)

European School Education Platform is the meeting point for all stakeholders in the school education sector – school staff, researchers, policymakers – to find news, interviews, publications, practice examples, courses and partners for their Erasmus+ projects.

Vocational Education and Training

Erasmobility is a free on-line platform where vocational training centres and colleagues help each other to find work placements in European countries.

EPALE is a European, multilingual, open membership community of adult learning professionals, including adult educators and trainers, guidance and support staff, researchers and academics, and policymakers.

Adult Education

EPALE is a European, multilingual, open membership community of adult learning professionals, including adult educators and trainers, guidance and support staff, researchers and academics, and policymakers. To search for Icelandic partners in Erasmus projects in Adult Education, you can register your organization in EPALE, Educational Platform for Adult Learning in Europe.

Higher Education

There is no partner search website available for higher education institutions. Iceland has seven universities, and you can contact their international offices for information.

Contact information

E-mail: erasmusplus(at)

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