From Erasmus to Erasmus+ a story of 30 years

From Erasmus to Erasmus+

A Story of 30 Years

From Erasmus to Erasmus+
“Celebrating 30 years of enriching lives and opening minds”

Erasmus+ is the EU’s overarching programme for education, training, youth and sport.

The original Erasmus began in 1987 as an exchange programme that gave higher education students a taste of life and learning abroad. Over the past 30 years it has grown into something much bigger. Today, Erasmus+ offers a large number of additional opportunities to individuals and organisations – to go abroad as volunteers or apprentices for example, and to cooperate on joint projects. Sport has also become an important part of Erasmus+. And the programme now extends far beyond Europe.

In fact, 2 million people from all walks of life have already taken the opportunity to study, train, volunteer and gain experience abroad since 2014 with the launch of Erasmus+, with 9 million in total taking part over the past 30 years.

Between 2017 and 2020, Erasmus+ will provide opportunities for more than 2 million people from Europe and around the world.

Who is Erasmus+ for?
There are opportunities for everyone!
Individuals including young people, students, adult learners, teachers, trainers, volunteers, youth workers.
• Erasmus+ helps young people broaden their horizons. Studies, traineeships, apprenticeships, volunteering and youth exchanges in other countries are all on offer.
• Teachers and youth workers can enjoy professional stays in other countries, giving them a chance to explore new ways of working – and to learn from their peers.
Organisations including schools, universities, training institutions, businesses, youth organisations and sports clubs and federations.
• Erasmus+ gives organisations the chance to forge international partnerships which broaden opportunities for staff and students and drive reform.
• Erasmus+ projects contribute to opportunities that foster economic growth, job creation and social inclusion.

Enriching lives, making a difference
Erasmus+ brings wider benefits to European society.

Helping youth into work: Erasmus+ can improve a young person’s employability by providing them with skills, experience – and confidence.
• 1 in 3 trainees is offered a position at the company where they are trained.

Building EU citizenship: Erasmus+ brings Europeans together to learn, work and volunteer. It boosts active participation in society.
• 83 % of mobile higher education students say that their sense of European citizenship was increased by going abroad.

Supporting social inclusion: Erasmus+ reaches out to everyone, offering additional funding and support to those from disadvantaged and migrant backgrounds.
• Among youth participants, one third are people with fewer opportunities.

Free movement: Erasmus+ helps people develop an international outlook.
• Participants become more confident about traveling abroad for studying, training, volunteering or work – and employers worldwide appreciate this international experience.

Join the 30th Anniversary Celebrations!
2017 is marked by a year-long campaign to showcase the achievements and impact of Erasmus+. Events will be held at European, national and local level – and there will be competitions to enter throughout the year.
The celebrations kick-off in January in various cities across Europe. Other ceremonies during 2017 promise to highlight what Erasmus+ offers in areas such as language learning, adult education, traineeships, volunteering…and much, much more.

Get Involved!
Have you or your organisation benefitted from Erasmus+? If so, we would like to hear from you. Use the Erasmus+ website and social media to share your experiences and inspire others!
We believe the Erasmus+ generation holds the future of Europe in its hands. That’s why we are also looking for your ideas on how the EU should evolve! Tell us what you want and how we can make it happen together.

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From Erasmus to Erasmus+
A Story of 30 Years

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