Study abroad

The European Union Member States are responsible for their education and training systems. The EU has a support function: it sets common goals and promotes the exchange of good customs.
The European education information network, Eurydice, was set up by the European Commission and its Member States in 1980 in order to increase cooperation in the education sector, improving the knowledge of systems and policies.
Since 2014 is part of the Erasmus+, the European Program for Education, Training, Youth and Sport.

The CIMEA NARIC (National Academic Recognition Information Centers) network links the national authorities of the member countries to the European Union. The ENIC network links the national information centers to the member countries of the European Cultural Convention, the Council of Europe and the Unesco Europe Region. The network promotes the recognition of foreign qualifications, international academic mobility and the implementation of the Lisbon Convention on the recognition of academic qualifications.

As an EU citizen, you have the right to attend any EU university under the same conditions as local students. However, admission conditions vary considerably among countries and universities.
Regardless of other entry conditions, EU countries cannot deny to its citizens the access to education or training because of your nationality.
Special rules are applied to taxes and scholarships.
It is advisable to contact the Ministry of Education of the country of origin to receive further information on scholarships granted to citizens who decide to study abroad


Ploteus is a portal where you can find information about training opportunities in Europe.
It allows you to perform a cross-search between the system and the level of education you want to achieve, the type of course, program or training you are interested in, the language you want to use in the study and the country where you intend to study: the cost of living, tuition fees, how to find accommodation, the legal context and other general information, further contacts and useful advices, exchange programs and scholarships available in European countries.
Thanks to the European Qualifications Framework, it is easier to compare different national qualifications using a common reference framework for examinations of the levels of education. The framework aims to help Europeans to move abroad both to study or work.
With the Copenhagen process, European countries (including all EU Member States), trade unions and employers work together to improve vocational and educational training. One result of this collaboration is the European credit system and the quality assurance network, which help students to study and work abroad.

The European Language Passport is a self-assessment tool of the skills and linguistic certifications that are part of the "Europass portfolio", a set of five documents with a clear understanding of your skills and qualifications in Europe.
The linguistic certification is a formal document, with international value, of the level of knowledge of a language, issued by a recognized certification body. It constitutes the instrument of identification and official recognition of the skills of a foreign language.

Euroguidance Italy, which operates at Isfol, is a body promoted by the European Commission - DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion - and by the Ministry of Labor and Social Policies - DG for Active Policies and services for work and training that promote mobility for study and training purposes between the countries of the European Union.


Erasmus+ is the European Union Program for Education, Training, Youth and Sport 2014-2020; combines and integrates all the funding mechanisms implemented by the European Union until 2013: the Lifelong Learning Program (Comenius, Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, Grundtvig), Youth in Action, the five international cooperation programs (Erasmus Mundus, Tempus, Alfa, Edulink and the bilateral cooperation program with the industrialized countries).
It also includes the Jean Monnet Activities and the support to Sport for the first time.
The integrated program provides an overview about the available grant opportunities, aims to facilitate access to students and promotes synergies between different sectors by removing the barriers between the various types of projects; it also wants to attract new actors from different work and social backgrounds and stimulate new forms of cooperation.

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie program supports the professional perspectives and training of researchers from all scientific disciplines, especially by helping them to study and work in different countries and sectors.