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Education, training, youth

Education policy as such is decided by each EU country, but together they set joint goals and share best practices.

The EU places a lot of emphasis on lifelong learning and worldwide exchanges. The EU’s main programmes are:

  • Leonardo da Vinci: vocational training, particularly placements for young apprentices and trainees in businesses outside their own country, and cooperation projects linking vocational training institutes and businesses.
  • Erasmus: student mobility and university cooperation. 2.5 million participants since 1987. Erasmus Mundus allows post-graduate students and academics from all over the world to obtain a Masters or PhD through courses involving consortia of at least three European universities.
  • Grundtvig: adult education programmes, particularly trans-national partnerships, networks and mobility.
  • Comenius cooperation between schools and their teachers, plus pupil exchanges at secondary school level and school partnerships over the Internet (eTwinning).
  • Marie Curie: professional training and international mobility opportunities for researchers, from post-graduate level on.


Find out more.



Here you will find the information about these programmes in Iceland.



*This text originates from the EU's official website:

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