Erasmus+ contributes to the Europe 2020 strategy for growth, employment, social justice and inclusion, as well as to the objectives of the strategic framework for European cooperation within the field of education and training (ET 2020).
Erasmus+ also aims to promote the sustainable development of partner countries in the field of higher education, in addition to helping to achieve the objectives of the EU Youth Strategy.
The following specific objectives are proposed within the programme:
- Reduce unemployment, especially among young people.
- Promote adult education, especially in regards to the new skills and qualifications required by the job market.
- Encourage young people to participate in Europe’s democratic life.
- Support innovation, cooperation and reforms.
- Reduce school dropout rates.
- Promote cooperation and mobility with the EU’s partner countries.
The Erasmus+ programme will be subject to an intermediate review, which is being carried out in 2017, along with an impact study that is to be published at the end of the programme, in 2020.
In the following report, you can find more details on the advantages of exchange programmes abroad, chapter 3 of which is especially interesting for all potential Erasmus students.
The results of the Erasmus+ programme are available in reports and statistical compilations, as well as on the platform for Erasmus+ projects, which presents most of the initiatives that are funded by the programme along with a selection of good practices and achievements.
Click on this link to find Spain’s statistics:
Erasmus+ is the EU’s support programme for education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Its budget of 14.7 billion euros will provide more than 4 million Europeans with opportunities to study, gain experience and volunteer.
Erasmus+ extends these opportunities to everyone: students, staff, scholarship holders, teachers, volunteers, etc., and is not limited to Europe or Europeans.
Studying abroad is an essential part of the Erasmus+ programme and is something that has demonstrated its positive effects on future employment prospects time and time again. It also represents an opportunity to improve language skills, gain independence and self-confidence, and to be immersed in new cultures.
There are opportunities offered for undergraduate and master’s degree students, as well as for doctoral students.
Erasmus+ helps to organise student exchanges among the programme’s participating countries (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, plus the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Turkey) and among these and the programme’s associated countries (the rest of the world upon express request).
Studying abroad with Erasmus+ allows you to improve your communication skills, languages and intercultural assimilation, in addition to acquiring other generic skills that are highly valued when it comes time to look for employment.
The study abroad periods can last anywhere from a minimum of 3 months (or a course or academic semester) to a maximum of 12 months.
You can take part in several Erasmus+ exchanges, as a student or as an intern, however the total amount of time spent abroad (including study periods) cannot exceed 12 months of your undergraduate degree programme.
To study abroad with Erasmus+, you must be enrolled at ESERP. First cycle students are required to at least be in their second year of studies.
On the web, you can find the regulatory bases of the mobility programmes to learn more about the details and what is required in order to be granted a spot in the Erasmus programme. The study abroad period must be relevant for your degree and personal development needs, and must be part of your study plan.
In order to study with Erasmus+, there must be an existing interinstitutional agreement between ESERP and the host institution.
Before the study abroad period:
ESERP, the host institution and the student must sign a Learning Agreement* in order to guarantee a transparent and efficient preparation of the exchange and to agree on which of the activities abroad will receive academic recognition later on. This document establishes the rights and responsibilities of the different parties.
As a student, you will be given the Erasmus+ Student Letter, which will explain your rights and obligations during the study abroad period.
After the study abroad period:
The hosting higher education institution must provide you and ESERP with the academic record that certifies you have completed the agreed upon programme, and that also details the qualifications you have obtained.
ESERP must recognise the credits (ECTS credits or equivalent system) as was agreed upon in the Learning Agreement before the start of the period, and must include them in the student’s transcript after their mobility experience.
The objective of the agreement is to offer a transparent and efficient preparation of the exchange in order to ensure the student obtains recognition of the activities they have successfully completed abroad.
The Learning Agreement details the study plan or internships that the student will be participating in. The student, the host institution and ESERP must approve it before the exchange begins.
The Learning Agreement must include all of the learning outcomes that the student must acquire during the exchange.
The three signatories of the Learning Agreement commit to comply with everything agreed upon, thus guaranteeing the subsequent recognition of the studies carried out abroad, without any other requirements.
As an Erasmus+ student, you will be exempt from tuition fees, enrolment fees and examination fees, as well as from access rights to laboratories and libraries at the host institution. The institution can, however, charge you for insurance or student union membership.
You can apply for additional scholarships from the ESERP, public administrations or other sources.
Below, you can find a summary of everything an international mobility programme can offer to a ESERP student.
Apart from being an adventure, studying a higher education programme in a foreign country represents a huge opportunity for your future, not only at a professional level, but also in terms of the opportunities related to personal growth. Because an Erasmus programme is not only a study trip; when living abroad, you will be influenced by many other factors in addition to the educational ones.
One of the main advantages of doing an Erasmus programme is that it’s much easier to learn another language when you live in another country, rather than burying your head in books and studying vocabulary. With just a bit of initiative on your behalf to improve and interact with people who already master the language, you will see your level drastically improve in a very short period of time.
When you move to another country, you will always be presented with the chance to meet many different people, who in this case will be associated with your field of study, meaning the people you meet can easily become valuable professional contacts in the future and, of course, great friends.
Another advantage of doing an Erasmus programme is that by living in a new country for a few months, you can get a pretty clear idea of the existing job opportunities, what people need, and the services they’d be willing to pay for. This can be very useful when it comes to finding a job, either now or at the end of your studies.
By doing an Erasmus programme, you will encounter many new situations, which will help you to mature and learn how to handle yourself in a much more effective way, since it’s very likely that you won’t have anyone else to do your paperwork or solve your problems for you.
Each country is its own world and no matter how similar it may be to your country of origin, there are always many new and interesting things to experience. Seeing your life from another point of view, from the eyes of other people with different experiences, is undoubtedly something that is highly interesting and enriching and is one of the many valuable advantages of doing an Erasmus programme.
When traveling somewhere new to continue your studies, there are many other things you will improve in. Your stay in a foreign country will allow you to easily learn a great deal about the country, while the people you meet will have many things to offer along with new points of view that you can take back with you, leading you in many cases to rethink your perspectives and become interested in other ways of thinking.
Possessing great language skills and having lived abroad is something that companies now take into great consideration. Human resources staff at companies are aware of the advantages of doing an Erasmus programme, which is why the people who have been lucky enough to partake in this experience will start out with an advantage over someone who hasn’t.
The Erasmus+ Alumni Association offers a dynamic forum to alumni for networking, professional development and intercultural exchange.
In this guide you can find all the information on the programme:
Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam
Universidad de Estrasburgo
De Haagse Hogeschool
Karlshochschule International University
Queen’s University Belfast
Université Paris Est Créteil
EPHEC – Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes Commerciales
Instituto Superior de Administração e Gestão
University of Applied Sciences and Arts Nordwestern