Higher education, traineeship, volunteering and getting work experience abroad
As an EU national, you are allowed to study at any EU university under the same conditions as nationals of that country. You may not be refused access to training or education in another EU country on the grounds of your nationality.
When you go to a university in another EU country, you are entitled to pay the same course fees as nationals of that country. Another possible source of funding for spending part of your studies abroad is the EU’s Erasmus+ programme.
Erasmus+ promotes and supports studies and traineeships in another EU country. As a participant with disability, you can ask for an additional grant to cover the disability related expenses such as medical attendance, travel assistance, an accompanying person for students and staff with disabilities, and adapted accommodation. The new Programme allows prefinancing for those costs to facilitate the participation of persons with fewer opportunities. You should also benefit from the support services that the institution that will receive you offers to its local students and staff.
For more information, visit the European Commission’s webpage on Erasmus+ and the Regulation (EU) 2021/817 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 May 2021 establishing Erasmus+: the Union Programme for education and training, youth and sport.
The European Solidarity Corps is an EU Programme which creates opportunities for young people between the ages of 17 and 30 to volunteer on projects in their own country or abroad for up to a year. Disability related costs, travel, accommodation and volunteering allowance are covered by the Programme.
For more information, visit the European Solidarity Corps website and the Regulation (EU) 2021/888 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 May 2021 establishing the European Solidarity Corps Programme.
To learn about other measures put in place to facilitate inclusion of persons with fewer opportunities read the Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps Inclusion and Diversity Strategy.
The Youth Guarantee offers young people under the age of 30 the opportunity to receive a good quality offer of employment, continued education, apprenticeship or traineeship within a period of 4 months of becoming unemployed or leaving education.
All EU countries have committed to the implementation of the reinforced Youth Guarantee in a Council Recommendation of October 2020. You can find more information on the Youth Guarantee webpage and contact the Youth guarantee coordinators from your countries via this list.
The European Youth Card (also known as EURO<26) allows reductions on cultural activities, shops, transport, eating out and accommodation, and can be used in 36 European countries. Most countries make it possible to buy and use the card up to the age of 30.
For more information, please visit the European Youth Card website.