European Interest Links

Education (Resources for students, but not only…)

  • CEDEFOP - European Centre for Development of Vocational Training), Cedefop helps policy-makers and practitioners of the European Commission, the Member States and social partner organisations across Europe make informed choices about vocational training policy.

  • Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission - This directorate organize the big European educational programmes including eLearning, as well as Socrates and Leonardo.

  • The portal - gathers information on the use of multimedia technologies and the Internet for education, training and lifelong learning in Europe. The portal is open to all the relevant actors and communities for sharing experiences, disseminating projects and discussing ideas.

  • European Law Students' Association (ELSA) - is the world's largest independent law students' association. Through its local and national groups it organizes seminars, conferences, moot courts all across Europe. But it's real pearl is the "Student Trainee Exchange Program" (STEP)
  • Europe in School - This is a website for EU studies and studies about Europe. It's starting point is the EU parliament's members and parties.


  • e-Schoolnet - Resources, news, practical examples and collaboration opportunities for teachers are gathered at e-schoolnet, the educational portal for schools in Europe.

  • internships - List of currently open internships in Brussels, the EU institutions, or international organisations.

  • Eurodesk - is a European Network for the dissemination of European information and for the provision of telephone enquiry answering services at national or regional level for young people and those who work with them.

  • EUROLEARN - is the topic Umbrella in the EUREKA network. EUREKA is a European network for market-oriented R&D projects for industry and research institutes in 33 member countries and the European Commission. Supported by the various national funding schemes, EUREKA has a portfolio of more than 1,200 projects, of which about 700 are ongoing.

  • European Training Foundation - The Foundation's mission is to contribute to the process of vocational education and training reform that is currently taking place within the EU partner countries and territories.

  • Eurydice - The information network on education in Europe produces reliable, readily comparable information on national education systems and policies, also acting as an observatory.

  • IDABC - is a European Commission driven strategic initiative to support rapid electronic exchange of information between Member State administrations in order to improve Community decision-making, facilitate operation of the internal market and accelerate policy implementation. IDA is improving network services, tools, security and interoperability, opening IDA to more sectoral areas and to the EEA and EU applicant countries.

  • IRIS - provides a service to both students and universities involved in Erasmus. Erasmus is an action under the SOCRATES programme and aims to facilitate and promote student and teacher exchanges between European higher education institutions

  • Euroguidance Denmark - The Division for Guidance / Euroguidance Denmark is currently involved in three EU-funded projects: PLOTEUS ( an Internet portal providing information about education systems, mobility and learning opportunities in 31 European countries ), Guidenet (a European network project on educational and vocational guidance) and On The Move (an Internet-based guidance tool aimed at young people considering mobility in Europe).

  • University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES) - brings together academics involved in researching Europe with practitioners active in European affairs. It provides a forum for debate and a clearing house for information about European studies.

Programmes and initiatives of the European Commission related to education
Education and Training
  • SOCRATES - The Socrates Programme forms the backbone of the EU education initiatives.

    • COMENIUS - Focused on school education, Comenius encourages transnational cooperation between schools, improves professional development of school staff and promotes language learning and intercultural awareness.
    • ERASMUS - Focused on higher education, Erasmus boosts mobility between European countries and encourages transnational cooperation between universities.
    • GRUNDVITG - improves adult education in the broader sense, foster improvement of the education possibilities available to people without basic school qualifications, and encourages innovation in alternative educational pathways.
    • LINGUA - Spreading from pre-primary school to adult education, this Action aims to foster linguistic diversity in Europe, enhancing the quality of language teaching and improving access for individuals to learning resources.
    • MINERVA - Covering all areas of education, Minerva promotes European cooperation in the use of Information and Communications Technologies in education, and promotes Open and Distance Learning.
    • OBSERVATION AND INNOVATION - An action improving the exchange of information and experience in the field of education between the countries participating in Socrates.

  • LEONARDO DA VINCI - Focused on Vocational Training, the Leonardo Programme attempts to improve the skills and competence of people to improve the quality of, and access to, vocational training and the life-long learning possibilities.

Research Programmes
  • eTEN - Focused on services for telecommunications networks, this programme supports the market validation and initial implementation of services such as training, employment and application services for culture.

  • Information Society Technologies (IST) - A key thematic priority area of the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6), IST aims to contribute to European policies for the knowledge society and the eEurope Action Plan.

  • Research, Development and Showcasting Actions - The Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) is the EU main instrument for the funding of research in Europe. Seven key areas have been chosen, among them, Information Society Technologies.

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Last updated on October 15, 2008