Virtual Exchanges in Higher Education and Youth


Programme Category

EU Competitive Programmes

Programme Name

Erasmus+ Programme

Programme Description

Erasmus+ is the EU Programme in the fields of education, training, youth and sport for the period 2021-2027.

Erasmus+ strengthens its efforts to increase the opportunities offered to more participants and to a wider range of organisations, focusing on its qualitative impact and contributing to more inclusive and cohesive, greener and digitally fit societies.

Programme Details

Identifier Code



Virtual Exchanges in Higher Education and Youth


The Erasmus+ Virtual Exchanges are a bottom-up initiative.
In this call, participating organisations are free to choose the topics on which they will focus:

  • ERASMUS-EDU-2021-VIRT-EXCH-IPA Virtual Exchanges with the Western Balkans
  • ERASMUS-EDU-2021-VIRT-EXCH-NDICI Virtual Exchanges with other Specified Regions of the World 

The activities and outputs of the different projects will aim at reaching a positive impact in relation to the objectives of the call, while varying in accordance with the projects’ specificities, should be closely connected to the learning dimension of the virtual exchanges. 

Detailed Call Description

The specific objectives of this call are the following:

  • encouraging intercultural dialogue with Partner Countries and increasing tolerance through online people to-people interactions, building on digital, youth-friendly technologies;
  • promoting various types of virtual exchanges as a complement to Erasmus+ physical mobility, allowing more young people to benefit from intercultural and international experience;
  • Enhancing critical thinking and media literacy, particularly in the use of internet and social media, such as to counter discrimination indoctrination, polarization and violent radicalisation;
  • fostering the digital and soft skills12 development of students, young people and youth workers, including the practice of foreign languages and teamwork, notably to enhance employability;
  • promoting citizenship and the common values of freedom, tolerance and nondiscrimination through education;
  • strengthening the youth dimension in the relations of the EU with Partner Countries.

Projects will be funded based on work plans that may integrate a wide range of online cooperation activities.
In order to carry out the above activities, projects should rely, as far as possible, on existing tools and platforms. Should there be a need to develop new tools or platforms for specific projects. Individual participants must be based in the countries of the organisations participating in the project.

The available call budget is  €4,000,000. This budget might be increased by maximum 20%.

Call Total Budget


Financing percentage by EU or other bodies / Level of Subsidy or Loan

Grants may NOT produce a profit (i.e. surplus of revenues + EU grant over costs).
For-profit organisations must declare their revenues and, if there is a profit, we will deduct it from the final grant amount. 

Thematic Categories

  • Education and training
  • Information Technology
  • Youth

Eligibility for Participation

  • Central Government
  • Educational Institutions
  • Private Bodies
  • State-owned Enterprises

Eligibility For Participation Notes

In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:

  • be legal entities (public or private bodies)
  • be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
  • Erasmus+ Programme Countries:
    • EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs)
    • non-EU countries: listed EEA countries and countries associated to the Erasmus+ Programme or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature (list of participating countries in page 11 of the Call document)
    • Erasmus+ Partner Countries: The Partner Countries below are regrouped according to the single Multiannual Indicative Programme (MIP) that covers the ERASMUS+ actions financed by the EU external action instruments Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument – Global Europe (NDICI-GE) and Instrument of Preaccession.
  • For higher education institutions (HEIs) established in Erasmus+ Programme Countries: be holders of the ECHE certificate (Erasmus Charter for Higher Education).
  • Public or private organisations active in the field of higher education or youth (non-formal education) in Programme Countries or the relevant Partner Countries.

Higher education institutions, associations or organisations of higher education institutions, as well as legally recognised national or international rector, teacher or student organisations, established in Programme Countries or the relevant Partner Countries.

Call Opening Date


Call Closing Date


National Contact Point(s)

Foundation for the Management of European (EU) Lifelong Learning Programmes
Tel: +357 22 448 888

Youth Board of Cyprus
Tel: +357 22 402 644

(Publish Date: 16/11/2021-for internal use only)

EU Contact Point

European Education and Culture Executive Agency: