Erasmus students with flags ©

Michael Garrett

Value £23 million
2007 to 2013

The British Council is the UK’s national agency for Erasmus – the largest student exchange programme in the world. We disburse over €45 million per year to UK universities and colleges. The grants enable students to study or work and staff to teach or train in other European countries. 

We have a strong track record in the higher education sector, in particular with mobility outcomes. Our global network gives us unique insight into the 32 other countries where the programme operates.  

Our expertise in marketing and communications has driven awareness and participation in the programme year on year. An important part of our work in reaching our audiences is through tapping into our extensive schools network. This has resulted in seven years of consecutive growth in participation, with 2012-13 having the highest number of participants from the UK in the programme’s 26 year history. 

After placing over three million students across 34 countries, the Erasmus programme will form a major part of Erasmus+, the EU’s new education and training programme. The British Council, in partnership with ECORYS, has been selected to deliver this programme. 

‘Students improve their employability, institutions develop their international links and businesses value the wider experience of those who’ve spent time abroad. It’s a win-win for all.’ 

David Willetts, Universities and Science Minister.  

Erasmus in numbers 

  • Three million students placed in 26 years
  • 100,000 students placed from the UK since 2007
  • Seven-years of consecutive growth since the British Council became the UK National Agency 
  • 15,000 UK students placed in 2012/13 
  • Operates in 33 countries.