Online Linguistic Support
The Online Linguistic Support (OLS) is designed to assist Erasmus+ participants in improving their knowledge of the language in which they will work, study abroad so that they can make the most out of this experience.
As the lack of language skills remains one of the main barriers to participation in European education, training and youth mobility opportunities, OLS makes linguistic support accessible in a flexible and easy way. It also contributes to a specific objective of the Erasmus+ programme, which is to promote language learning and linguistic diversity.
More than 350,000 Erasmus+ participants test their language skills with OLS every year and have the opportunity to improve their level with OLS language courses. On average, participants who follow courses actively improve their proficiency by at least one CEFR level (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).
Who can benefit from it?
The OLS is currently available for:
OLS is available for all European official languages: Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, German, Greek, English, Estonian, Spanish, Finnish, French, Irish Gaelic, Croatian, Hungarian, Italian, Lithuanian, Latvian, Maltese, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian and Swedish.
How does it work?
By taking the OLS language assessment before going abroad, Erasmus+ participants are able to determine their proficiency in the language they will use to study or work. Taking this assessment before departure is a pre-requisite for higher education students, to make sure that they meet the recommended level at their receiving organization (except for native speakers or in duly justified cases). The results of the language assessment do not prevent participants from taking part in Erasmus+.
Participants who wish to improve their language proficiency have the opportunity to follow an online language course before and during their time abroad. Access to the language course includes a great variety of Live Coaching activities, amongst which tutoring sessions and interactive MOOCs. Participants who are already sufficiently proficient in the main language used abroad (at least a B2 level) can follow a language course in the language of the country instead, provided that such language is available in OLS.
In cases where the main language is not covered by OLS, linguistic support is provided through other means by the sending or the receiving organization. Upon their return, participants take the final assessment, which allows them to measure the progress made during their stay abroad.
How to participate?
If you have already been selected to go abroad with Erasmus+ and you meet the above criteria, your institution or organization will send you a login and a password to access the OLS assessment and language course, if applicable.