“Changing lives, opening minds” is the slogan that Erasmus scholarships have held for years, a program through which students from many countries have been able to live the experience of studying during an academic course in a country other than their own.
Something enriching from a formative point of view, which also contributes to forging a universal spirit, a compression of different cultures, customs, religions and beliefs. There are many reasons not to miss the Erasmus experience, which turns 32 in 2019, promoting the common values of tolerance and integration through education . A birthday that also leaves some revealing and curious facts.
1. More than 5 million students have benefited from the Erasmus scholarships
The latest official data on the accumulated number of participants in the Erasmus scholarship program, from the Erasmus + annual report 2016, speak of 4.4 million students. 300,000 students per course benefit from these grants, which means that the number already exceeds 5 million trips.
More than respectable data considering that in the course of 1987, the first one in which it was launched, only 3,244 students took part in this initiative. Since then the number has not stopped increasing.
2. 15 out of 100 Erasmus students choose Spain as their destination country, which has been a leader for 16 years
Spain is the first destination chosen by students applying for Erasmus scholarships in Europe. And it has been 16 years in a row. Specifically, it welcomes an average of 42,537 students every year, 14.6% of the total.
It is followed in this classification by Germany with 32,871 (11.3%), United Kingdom with 30,183 (10.35%), France with 29,558 (10.14%) and Italy with 21,564 (7.4%). Despite this data, the contrast is large when compared to the number of foreign students graduating in Spain, with only 2.9%. The United Kingdom and Switzerland lead this section with 17.1% and 16.5%, respectively.
3. Erasmus students have 70% more job placement
Receiving an Erasmus scholarship raises the levels of employability, reduces the possibility of being unemployed and increases the options of occupying a position with managerial responsibility. The data show that those graduate students who have participated in this international experience have 70% more professional integration than the rest.
As if this were not enough, 5 years after graduation, the unemployment rate is 23% lower. And when the elapsed time reaches the decade, the 7th of 10th house occupies jobs in which they perform management duties.
4. 5 types of Erasmus scholarships for Higher Education students
Erasmus scholarships are not limited to helping those students who want to study abroad. Although they had that origin, today there are scholarships for students enrolled in 5 types of official Higher Education studies. It’s about University Teaching; Higher Artistic Teachings; Professional training of a superior level; Professional Teaching of Plastic Arts and Higher Degree Design; and Higher Degree Sports Education.
5. The Spaniards, key to reach the 12 million Erasmus students who want to reach in 2021-2027
Spain, France and Germany are the three countries that have sent more students to study outside their borders in the last course. The three will play a key role in the objective set by the European Commission for the period 2021-2027, nothing less than triple the number of participants in the Erasmus program and reach the figure of 12 million students.
In May 2018, a proposal was presented to double the budget allocated to these scholarships, which would reach 30,000 million euros for that period. This September starts a new batch of students who will study in another country thanks to the Erasmus scholarships and, although it is too early to know the official data, Spain will once again exceed the figure of the more than 60,000 students who take an academic year every year away from our country.