Erasmus is the European Union's flagship educational exchange programme for Higher Education students, teachers and institutions. It was introduced with the aim of increasing student mobility within Europe. Erasmus forms part of the EU Lifelong Learning Programme (2007-2013)
It encourages student and staff mobility for work and study, and promotes trans-national co-operation projects among universities across Europe. The scheme currently involves nine out of every ten European higher education establishments and supports co-operation between the universities of 33 countries.
Erasmus has developed beyond an educational programme - it has acquired the status of a social and cultural phenomenon. It gives many European university students their first chance to live and thrive abroad. Over three million students have benefited from Erasmus since its introduction in 1987.
For information on the various programmes that operate under the Erasmus+ umbrella, please see our Programmes page and download our overview presentation.
For information on 'Erasmus+', which replaces the Lifelong Learning Programme in 2014, please visit our Erasmus+ website
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