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Chapéu Universitário


In the context of the Erasmus+ Programme, the following meanings apply:

  • Adult learning: all forms of adult education that are not of a professional/vocational nature, whether non-formal or informal.

  • Adult Learner: any person who has completed his or her studies or is no longer receiving education or initial training can be reintegrated into any type of ongoing learning, with the exception of teachers/trainers in School Education and Education and Professional Training.

Adult Learning initiatives provided through formal, informal or non-formal educational institutions participate in European projects for mobility and transnational.


To promote the improvement of basic literacy, mathematical and digital literacy skills, and linguistic skills, as well as entrepreneurship among adults.


To facilitate the transition between formal education, non-formal education, professional training and work.


To facilitate access to adult learning services, validation of non-formal and informal learning, and professional and educational guidance.


To improve upon and expand high-quality educational opportunities that are suited to the varied needs of adult learners.


To foster innovative practices that boost adult participation in training activities.


To develop the abilities of adult educators to work with diverse groups of people and make use of new technologies.

Key-Action 1: Mobility

Mobility projects for learning purposes for staff involved in adult education that may include the following types of activities abroad:

  • Teaching/training missions in a partner organisation.

  • Participation in structured courses or training events.

  • Tracking/observation periods at the workplace (job shadowing) in any recognised organisation that is active in the area of adult education

Adult education staff at an organisation or at organisations belonging to a consortium.



Public or private organisations involved in the area of adult education. Organisations can apply as sending organisations or as coordinators of a national Consortium of adult education organisations. Applications are institutional and individuals may not apply individually.

Key-Action 2: Strategic Partnerships

The aim of a strategic partnership is to develop initiatives in one or more areas of education and training.  There are two types of strategic partnerships; those for exchange of good practices and those whose objective is to promote innovation in organisations.

They involve at least three organisations from three programme countries; they allow participating organisations to gain experience in international cooperation, strengthen their capacities, and/or produce tangible, innovative, high-quality results that have an individual and institutional impact.

Adult education staff at an organisation or at organisations belonging to a consortium.


Adult learners and all actors and agents involved in educational activity in the field of adult Education.

Mobility activities for training:

  • adult learners in blended mobility;

  • staff on education and training missions;

  • staff in joint training events.


Organisations linked to adult education; organisations involved in any area of education and training; organisations that carry out transversal activities in different areas (for example, companies, chambers of commerce, NGOs); any organization established in a program country. Organisations in partner countries can participate in a strategic partnership as partners (but not as candidates) as long as this participation adds value to the project.


Useful Links

Triptico Educação de Adultos

Agenda Europeia para a Educação de Adultos (PT)


EPALE, Plataforma Eletrónica para Educação de Adultos na Europa (PT)  

EPALE, Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe (EN)

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