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- Objectives

The objectives of Comenius are to enhance the quality and reinforce the European dimension of school education, in particular by encouraging transnational cooperation between schools and contributing to improved professional development of staff directly involved in the school education sector, and to promote the learning of languages and intercultural awareness.

- Who's eligible?

The Comenius action focuses on the first phase of education (covering nursery, primary and secondary schooling including technical and vocational education). It extends to all in this education community teachers, education staff and pupils whilst endeavouring to also involve organisations outside school such as parents associations, NGOs, local authorities, the business sector and the social partners.

- Comenius Activities

Comenius is divided into three actions:

Comenius 1: school partnerships
Comenius 2: training of teachers and other school education staff
Comenius 3: development of the networks

Comenius 1: school partnerships

The are There are three types of partnership:

School projects - enable pupils and teachers from at least three establishments from three participating countries to work together within the regular class activities on one or more topics of mutual interest. The financial support is for a maximum of 3 years.

Language projects involve groups of at least 10 young people ages 14 or older from partner schools in two participating countries. The main element of the project is the learning of languages by means of work on a topic of mutual interest together with young people from another country. The duration of the project is normally one school year, however it could be extended to two consecutive school years.

School development projects give school managers and teachers from at least three establishments from three participating countries the opportunity to exchange experience and information on teaching methods, organisation and management of themes of common interest. The financial support is for a maximum of 3 years. 

Comenius 2: training of teachers and other school education staff

Two typTwo types of activities can receive support:

Multilateral cooperation projects between different types of institutions, particularly establishments providing initial or in-service teacher training, from at least three participating countries including at least one EU Member State. The aim is to prepare programmes, courses, strategies and teaching material for training of education staff and for use in the classroom. The support is granted for a maximum of three years.

Individual training grants for individuals who are working as teachers or in other capacities in the field of school education (or who are training to qualify for such positions in the future) to carry out various kinds of mobility activities in other participating countries linked to their initial and in-service training.

Comenius 3: development of the networks

Comenius 3 encourages the networking of Comenius projects on subjects of common interest with the aim of promoting European cooperation and innovation in school education in various thematic areas. The financial support is for a maximum of 3 years. To be eligible for support, the partnership proposing to develop a network must include at least one organisation from each of six different countries participating in SOCRATES.


- How to apply?

Applications under Comenius 1 and Comenius 2  (Individual training grants) must be submitted to the National Agency in the applicants country.

Applications under Comenius 3 and Comenius 2 (multilateral cooperation projects) must be made to the Executive Agency

- Further Information

If you have a specific question you can contact the Executive Agency by email

Other sources: 

- Information on previous projects

Several sources of information on past projects are available concerning this Action.

  • The Compendium is a serie of documents containing a description of all the projects by selection round.  It includes a brief summary of the activities and the contact details of the participants. 
  • The  ISOC database (Socrates projects database) is an interactive database containing all the projects selected in the past.  It is updated by the project coordinators directly.



  Coordinators' meeting 2007
DG Education and Culture