Record number of students receiving EU grants to study abroad

02.09.2011

More than 213 000 European students received Erasmus grants to study or train abroad during the 2009/10 academic year, according to statistics published by the European Commission in June 2011. That represents a 7.4 % increase on the previous year and a new record for the programme.
More than 213 000 European students received Erasmus grants to study or train abroad during the 2009/10 academic year, according to statistics published by the European Commission in June 2011. That represents a 7.4 % increase on the previous year and a new record for the programme.                      
 
Erasmus is Europe’s best-known mobility programme and one of the world’s most successful student exchange initiatives. Over 2.5 million students have already benefited from Erasmus grants to study or train abroad. And if current trends are anything to go by, in 2012/13 the EU is set to reach its target of supporting 3 million European students since the programme’s launch in 1987.
 
The three most popular destinations for students in 2009/10 were Spain, France and the United Kingdom. Spain also sent the largest number of students abroad, followed by France and Germany.
 
Student uptake of work placements in companies abroad in 2009/10 also saw a 17.3 % increase in interest on the previous year, with over 35 000 students (one in six of the total) choosing this option. “The Erasmus programme is one of the great success stories of the European Union. The latest figures speak for themselves: Erasmus is more popular than ever... Studying or training abroad opens doors to personal development and job opportunities, so we are right to be ambitious when it comes to investing in our young people,” said Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth.
 
Erasmus enables students in higher education to spend between 3 and 12 months in another European country – either for studies or for a placement in a company or other organisation. Any student enrolled in a participating higher education institution in one of the 33 participating countries (27 EU Member States, Croatia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey, and, from this summer, Switzerland) can benefit from the Erasmus programme.
 
Read more:
 
Read the full report on Erasmus – Facts, Figures & Trends
 
Find out more about the Erasmus programme
 
 
Find out more about the working and living conditions in different European countries on the EURES Job Mobility Portal
 

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