Erasmus is the EU’s flagship education and training program, which enables students to go abroad to study or for a company placement and supports cooperation actions between higher education institutions across Europe.
Around 90% of European universities in 31 participating countries are currently involved in Erasmus and more than two million students have participated in study exchanges since the initial launch of the program in 1987.
The objectives of student mobility are:
– To enable students to benefit from an educational, linguistic and cultural learning experience in other European countries;
– To promote cooperation between institutions and to enrich the educational environment of host institutions;
– To contribute to the development of well-qualified, open-minded and internationally experienced young people as future professionals;
– To help students to adapt to the requirements of the EU wide labour market.
The program has proved a catalyst for encouraging higher education institutions to modernize and become more international in outlook. By taking part in Erasmus, universities have become more open and accessible to the outside world, rethinking their courses, teaching methods and student support structures, in order to attract foreign students and establish new partnerships with institutions abroad.