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Other dimensions of internationalisation in adult education and training


13.Mobility and internationalisation

13.6Other dimensions of internationalisation in adult education and training

Last update: 6 March 2023

European, global and intercultural dimension in curriculum development

Adult education must be considered as part of the system of continuing training or lifelong learning. According to Organic Law 2/2006 on Education (LOE), as amended by Organic Law 3/2020 (LOMLOE), one of the core objectives of adult education is to develop the ability of adults to participate in the social, cultural, political and economic life, and to effectively exercise their right to democratic citizenship.

Education at the stage of   each Compulsory Secondary Education for adults is organised into three areas and two levels in each of them. Specifically, in the Social Sphere, it includes basic knowledge such as:

  • European citizenship. Ideas and attitudes in the project of building a common identity.
  • The values of Europeanism. Formulas for participation in European educational programmes.

Additionally, the following goals are identified as specific competences: Knowing and contributing to preserve the common tangible and intangible heritage, respecting the feelings of belonging and adopting commitments to principles and actions aimed at cohesion and territorial solidarity of the political community, the values of Europeanism and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Partnerships and networks

Within the framework of the Eramus+ Programme there is Key Action 1 (KA1) which includes opportunities for adult learners' mobility. Two types of projects can be applied for under this Action:

  • Accreditation scheme: open only to organisations with an Erasmus accreditation in the field of adult education;
  • Short-term projects for learner and staff mobility offer applicant organisations the opportunity to organise various mobility activities over a period of between 6 and 18 months.

Main objectives:

  • to strengthen the European dimension of teaching and learning;
  • to promote the values of inclusion and diversity, tolerance and democratic participation;
  • to support the development of professional networks throughout Europe;
  • to improve the quality of formal, non-formal and informal adult education in Europe in terms of key competences;
  • to broaden and diversify adult education provision through the professionalisation of educators and the development of adult education providers' capacity;
  • to increase the participation of adults of all ages and from all socio-economic backgrounds in adult education.

Available formulas:

  • Staff mobility: 
    • shadowing (2 to 60 days);
    • teaching or training placements (2 to 365 days);
    • courses and training (2 to 30 days, maximum 10 days of course fees per participant).
  • Student mobility:
    • group mobility for adult learners (2 to 30 days, at least 2 learners per group);
    • individual educational mobility for adult learners (2 to 30 days).