Erasmus reports record numbers choosing foreign study

According to the latest figures, in 2012-13 almost 270,000 students benefitted from an Erasmus grant, which enables study in another European country.

According to the latest figures, in 2012-13 almost 270,000 students benefitted from an Erasmus grant, which enables study in another European country.The European Commission has published figures this month outlining the number of students, teachers and other staff in higher education who benefitted from the Erasmus programme in the 2012-13 academic year. The Erasmus programme enables students to spend between three and 12 months in another European country – either for studies or for a placement in a company or other organisation.268,143 European students and 52,624 higher education staff received Erasmus grants to go abroad for studies, job placements, teaching or training in 2012-13.Any student enrolled in a participating higher education institution in one of the 33 Erasmus countries is able to apply (EU Member States, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey). Students in short-cycle higher vocational education can also take advantage of support from the programme.Spain sent out the most Erasmus students for both studies and placements, followed by France and Germany. Spain was also the most popular destination country with 40,202 incoming students, followed by Germany and France.  The United Kingdom hosted almost twice as many students (27,182) as it sent abroad (14,572).Since the launch of the programme 27 years ago, the number of students enrolled in the programme has continued to grow. It exceeded 200,000 for the first time in 2009-10 and the 268,143 students who received EU funding to study or train abroad in 2012-13 represent a new record.

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