Taylor: EU enables record number of young Brits to study abroad

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. Continue reading