Advice and support

Übereinander liegende Ein-Euro-Münzen. Im Hintergrund sieht man die Europaflagge.

Advice on Erasmus+ and eTwinning programmes

At school

The following advisory services and contacts are available to interested schools and teachers who want to get involved in European project work relating to the Erasmus+ programme including eTwinning or to develop this work further:


  • Sonja Brunner
  • Representative of the Senate Department for Education, Youth and Family for the EU programmes in the school sector (ERASMUS+)

Vocational education and training

International networks for vocational training work area: Vocational training staff (BP) can spend time teaching and training abroad. You have the opportunity to plan and organise your stay independently or take part in a training course run by the State of Berlin. Individuals in vocational training (IVT) from Berlin and 25 European network partners (XarxaFP) are placed in an ISO-certified European internship during and/or after completion of the training.

GoEurope” work area – Training periods in other European countries for apprentices: With “GoEurope”, trainees can choose between company placements, project work, language courses and teaching in Europe. The duration of the stays abroad is agreed individually with the participants, the vocational schools and the training companies and ranges from two to 52 weeks.

Advice by the National Agency Erasmus+ at the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training

4 Kinder stehen vor einem Gebäude

EU Funding in the school sector

The EU Education and Youth Programme Erasmus+ has existed since 1 January 2014. For general education schools interested in a European partnership, learning experience or mobility, two so-called key actions are relevant:

Key Action 1 Further training: This includes in-service training for teachers, school administrators and specialist pedagogical staff in schools and preschool institutions.

Key Action 2 School partnerships: Until 2013 multilateral projects and strategic and regional partnerships were known as COMENIUS. These opportunities are now grouped together under Strategic Partnerships as Key Action 2 in the school sector.

Key Action 2 Consortia partnerships: In consortia partnerships (strategic partnerships in consortium principle), educational institutions such as schools, universities, kindergartens or school authorities can network more closely and exchange best practices and methods.

Erasmus+ for schools in Berlin: The brochure Organising Erasmus+ schools in Europe will provide you with all funding opportunities and instructions on how to apply for Erasmus+ in the school sector. Applications for Erasmus+ can only be submitted by E-mail. Teachers and pedagogical staff at schools in Berlin should note that a copy of the application must be sent in electronic form to the responsible state office, the representative for EU programmes in the school sector (Sonja Brunner).

Drei lachende Jugendliche unterschiedlicher Ethnien

EU Funding in the Youth Sector

Young people are increasingly interested in European activities outside school, training or university. For this, they can also use EU funding programmes aimed at young people between 13 and 30 years old. Both Erasmus+ Youth and the European Solidarity Corps supported the implementation of the EU Youth Strategy.

The objectives are to strengthen citizenship, solidarity and tolerance, and to give young people greater opportunities in the labour market. Youth and young people are to acquire important competences for their personal and professional development in the field of non-formal and informal learning.

Numerous projects and measures (youth encounters with Programme Countries, mobility measures for youth work and youth social work professionals, youth participation projects, Discover EU Inclusion, cooperation partnerships, small-scale partnerships, volunteer services, volunteer teams, solidarity projects) are funded in Erasmus+ and in the European Solidarity Corps (ESC). Some projects can also be implemented directly on the ground. A special format is the EU Youth Dialogue, which promotes the active participation of young people.

The National Agency Youth for Europe is in charge of implementing the programmes in Germany.

Advice and support from institutions and foundations

Citizens’ support for the European Parliament and the European Commission

Schwarzkopf Foundation Young Europe: The purpose of the foundation is to support the development of young people into politically aware and responsible individuals with the aim of strengthening the European idea, pan-European international understanding and the fight against right-wing extremism, anti-Semitism and racism. The non-partisan Schwarzkopf Foundation Young Europe was founded in 1971 by Pauline Schwarzkopf in Hamburg.

Young European Movement: The Young European Movement is committed to a united, democratic, citizen-oriented, peaceful and cooperative Europe by means of numerous actions, events and projects in Berlin and Brandenburg. The focus is on European political education work with seminars, workshops, business games, panel discussions, rallies and travel.

Europa Union Berlin: As the Berlin regional association of the Europa Union Germany (EUD), the Europa Union Berlin is part of the largest movement for Europe in Germany and in the German capital for “Europe active”.

EuroPeers: EuroPeers – Young people provide information about Europe EuroPeers are young people who were active with the EU programme Erasmus+ YOUTH IN ACTION and who would like to pass on their experiences to other young people. They go to schools, youth clubs or pedestrian zones to tell young people about their experiences with Europe.