Figures released by the European Commission today show that since 2007 almost 70,000 young Brits have studied or undertaken work experience in another European country thanks to the EU Erasmus mobility programme.
Since the scheme was launched in 1987, more than three million students from across Europe have received EU grants designed to cover part of the additional costs of living, studying and working abroad for a limited period of time.
For the year 2011-2012, 13662 young Brits – more than ever before – took up the opportunity to go abroad to study or gain work experience in companies or other organisations with the help of the Erasmus programme. Of the 4568 students who took advantage of a work placement abroad, a majority gained experience in the education sector but manufacturing, professional and technical activities also proofed popular.
Liberal Democrat European youth spokesperson Rebecca Taylor commented:
“It is fantastic to see ever greater numbers of British students take up the opportunity to study or work in another EU country with the help of Erasmus funding.
“Erasmus offers young people a unique experience to improve their foreign language skills, gain confidence by travelling independently abroad, and make friends across Europe.
“Erasmus is an invaluable EU funded opportunity for young people which will not only enable them to gain and develop skills that will improve their future employability, but can also be a life changing experience.”
Note to editors:
Erasmus offers students the possibility to spend part of their course (at Bachelor, Master or Doctoral level, including short-cycles) studying at a higher education institution in another country for 3 to 12 months. ERASMUS students do not pay tuition fees at their host institution abroad.
European Commission press release on new ERASMUS statistics:
ERASMUS stats: grants by University
ERASMUS stats: UKstudents, work placements, teaching & training by geographic areas:
ERASMUS stats:UK placements abroad by sector:
ERASMUS stats:UK students by subject area: