Erasmus+ in Ireland

The Higher Education Authority (HEA) is the statutory planning and policy development body for higher education and research in Ireland.  It is also the National Agency for all higher education actions related to the Erasmus+ Programme in Ireland. aims to provide a first-class information service for all interested in Erasmus+ in Ireland and other European/International education activities.

Erasmus+ is the new EU programme for education, training, youth and sport covers the period 2014-2020. Aimed at boosting skills, employability and supporting the modernisation of education, training and youth systems, the seven-year programme will have a budget of €14.7 billion - 40% higher than current levels. More than 4 million people will receive support to study, train, work or volunteer abroad, including 2 million higher education students, 650 000 vocational training students and apprentices, as well as more than 500 000 going on youth exchanges or volunteering abroad. Students planning a full Master's degree abroad, for which national grants or loans are seldom available, will benefit from a new loan guarantee scheme run by the European Investment Fund. Erasmus+ will also provide funding for education and training staff, youth workers and for partnerships between universities, colleges, schools, enterprises, and not-for-profit organisations.

Latest News

International Education Mark takes a step towards implemention

Legislation to introduce an International Education Mark (IEM) that will provide international students with confidence that their college or school is reputable is part of a draft outline of a law to be introduced by the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, T.D.

International Students show impressive employment rates

The latest Higher Education Authority report "What do Graduates do? The Class of 2015" reflects the continued improvement in terms of finding a job nine months after graduation.  The proportion of graduates with a Bachelor, Master or PhD degree who are in employment is 68% up 3% on 2014.

Nearly every second level student in the EU studies English

English is the most studied language at primary and secondary levels in the EU.  Almost all students (97.3%) learnt English during lower secondary education in 2014. In addition, the proportion of students learning English at primary level has increased at EU level by 18.7 percentage points since 2005, reaching a total of 79.4%.

The Higher Education Authority (HEA) is the planning and development body for higher education and research in Ireland.  It acts as the National Agency for the EU's Erasmus+ Programme. The HEA is also actively involved in the internationalisation of Irish higher education and administers the Government of Ireland International Education Scholarships.