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Lifelong Learning

Lifelong Learning

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Find the description of the program “Lifelong Learning” of which the MIEU makes use. The description is taken from the Nationalen Agentur beim Bundesinsitut für Berufsbildung (National Agency at the Federal Institute for Professional Training).

The Program “Lifelong Learning” in Europe 2007 – 2013

The European Union funded the program for lifelong learning (PLL) with a total budget of almost €7 billion from 2007 to 2013, supporting European educational cooperation. The individual programs cover all types of educational fields and age groups.
Die Europäische Union fördert mit dem Programm für lebenslanges Lernen (PLL) von 2007 bis 2013 europäische Bildungskooperationen mit einem Gesamtbudget von fast 7 Milliarden Euro. Mit seinen Einzelprogrammen werden alle Bildungsbereiche und Altersgruppen abgedeckt.

Programs in the PLL:

  • LEONARDO DA VINCI (Vocational Training)
  • GRUNDTVIG (Adult Learning)
  • COMENIUS (Schools)
  • ERASMUS (Higher Education)
  • eTwinning

Participants in the Lifelong Learning Program:

  • the 27 member states,
  • EFTA/EWR states Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway,
  • Turkey, Croatia, and Switzerland


The project “Migration in Europe” (“MIEU”) is a Grundtvig partnership.


Grundtvig is a program for adult education of the European Union. It was named after the Danish philosopher and pedagogue Nikolai Frederik Severin Grundtvig, who is considered to be the father of the folk high school movement.

Grundtvig encompasses the learning experience of adults of all age groups and social backgrounds on a European level. The program is open to institution and organizations of formal, non-formal, and informal adult education, as well as individuals, from the European participating countries.

One the one hand, Grundtvig promotes border-crossing cooperation in European adult education. It is an attempt to approach the educational challenges that are generated by the aging population. Additionally, the program supports adults in expanding their knowledge and competences through the participation in individual training abroad in Europe.

As the program ends in 2013, applications can no longer be made.

Further information regarding the topic of the Lifelong Learning program can be found here.

The Future of European Union programs:

The European Union program for general and professional education, youth and sports

Starting on January 1, 2014, Erasmus+ replaced the program for Lifelong Learning (PLL). With a budget of €14.8 billion more than four million citizens can receive grants to study abroad, to work, or to volunteer.
The program of the European commission is laid out for seven years and is supposed to improve competences and employability, to promote the modernization of the systems of general and professional education. One important goal is to fight youth unemployment in Europe, by giving young people the opportunity to increase their competences and skills through international experience.

Erasmus+ unites all of the current European Union programs for general and professional education, youth, and sports, including the program for Lifelong Learning (Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, Comenius, Grundtvig), Youth in Action, and five international cooperative programs Erasmus Mundus, Tempus, Alfa, Edulink, and the program for the cooperation of industrial countries). Grant applications are facilitated, access modalities improved.

Click here for further information regarding Erasmus+.