Students take part in the Erasmus Programme for many different reasons; for some it is a required part of their degree, for others it is an ideal opportunity to live in another city in Europe for a few exciting months. We have put together some of the main reasons that employers and students tell us are the key benefits of taking part. You can download this in our info sheet, "Why Take part in Erasmus"
- Stand out in the job market – a great addition to your CV
- Return more motivated, independent and confident
- Get a grant and receive tuition fee support
- It counts towards your degree –it’s not a gap year
- Learn a range of life-skills not taught in the lecture theatre
- Access a wider range of subject areas than in the UK
- Improve your language skills
- Gain an international network of friends and meet your lifelong partner!
- Discover a different culture, gain an international perspective and travel
- It’s really good fun!
Hear what former Erasmus students and staff have to say about the programme and their experiences by watching some of their short films.
Erasmus students achieve better degrees and earn higher salaries according to the report produced by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE): "Attainment in higher education of Erasmus and placement students".
Employers Value Cultural Skills
A new piece of research by the British Council, Ipsos and management consultants Booz Allen Hamilton shows that not only do employers around the world value the ability to work with people from other cultures as highly as they value formal qualifications - but they also say a lack of these skills in the workforce can open them up to serious risks including losing clients. Read the full report
The Council for Industry and Higher Education (CIHE) released a report: Global Graduates into Global Leaders which urges graduates seeking work to develop ‘global employability skills’ to help them succeed in an increasingly competitive international marketplace. Multinational employers are looking for graduates who can bring something ‘over and above’ core graduate skills. Read the full report here
Also see the EU's report on what employer's want in graduates, on our news page
Not only will you acquire a broader range of skills to offer a future employer, but you’ll have fun doing it. Erasmus students say it is the best part of their time at university, after all nearly one in ten find their life partner while doing their Erasmus programme! For ideas of the festivals that go on in Europe take a look at our Fun things to do page
Robert Gordon University tracked down a group of their former Erasmus students to find out how their Erasmus experiences have helped them since leaving university. Read their stories in the university's brochure 'Where Are They Now?'
ThirdYearAbroad carried out a survey of almost 600 students whose short case studies illustrate the academic, cultural, intercultural, linguistic, personal and professional benefits of spending part of their degree abroad
Read more in our Case Studies to get an idea of what other Erasmus students experienced.