Erasmus+: a turning point in the lives of 5 million European students

erasmus + 30 years

European Union, 2017 Source: EC – Audiovisual Service

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission.

New evidence shows that Erasmus+ makes students more successful in their personal and professional lives and helps universities to become more innovative, according to two new independent studies released today by the European Commission.

The large-scale studies based on the feedback from nearly 77 000 students and staff and over 500 organisations measure and analyse the impact the Erasmus+ programme has on its main beneficiaries. Results show how the EU programme helps prepare young Europeans for the new digital era and thrive in their future careers. Erasmus+ also boosts innovation capacity of universities, their international engagement and ability to answer the needs of the labour market.

Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics said: “It is impressive to see how Erasmus+ enables young people to thrive in the modern labour market and in a more diverse society. I am happy to see that Erasmus+ graduates feel more ready to take on new challenges, have better career prospects and are more aware of the benefits the EU brings to their daily lives. At the same time, universities that take part in Erasmus+ are not only more international but also better placed to respond to the needs of the world of work.”

The key findings of the studies are:

  • Erasmus+ helps students find their desired careers and get jobs quicker

Over 70% of former Erasmus+ students say that they have a better understanding of what they want to do in their future careers when they return from abroad. Their experience abroad also enables them to re-orient their studies to better match their ambitions. The higher education impact study further reveals that 80% were employed within three months of graduation and 72% say their experience abroad helped them get their first job. Nine in ten Erasmus+ alumni say they make use of the skills and experiences acquired abroad in their daily work. Erasmus+ addresses skills mismatches by focusing on soft and interdisciplinary skills development businesses need.

  • Erasmus+ boosts European sense of belonging

More than 90% of Erasmus+ students also improve their ability to work and collaborate with people from different cultures and feel they have a European identity. The biggest impact is on the students who felt less convinced about the EU prior to their exchange and the students that spent time in a more culturally different country. Of all Erasmus+ students those coming from Eastern Europe identify the most with the EU.

  • Erasmus+ supports digital transformation and social inclusion

Erasmus+ cooperation projects make the majority of participating universities better prepared for digital transformation. Making use of new technologies and innovative teaching and learning methods helps strengthen their international cooperation and innovation capacity. Academic staff, who made use of Erasmus+ are more open to involving staff from enterprises in their courses than their non-mobile peers, around 60% compared to 40%. More than 80% of academics report that their experience abroad has led to the development of more innovative curricula. Moreover, two out of three participating universities stated EU-wide projects also contribute to increasing social inclusion and non-discrimination in higher education.

Other findings show that former Erasmus+ students are more satisfied with their jobs compared to those who have not gone abroad. They also have careers that are more international and are almost twice as likely to work abroad. Erasmus+ also supports entrepreneurship. One in four cooperation projects contributed to entrepreneurial education and strengthened entrepreneurship. A third of projects helped create spin-offs and start-ups.


Between 2014 and 2018, more than 2 million students and staff in higher education undertook a learning, training or teaching period abroad as part of the Erasmus+ programme. During the same period, almost 1 000 Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships between higher education institutions and 93 Knowledge Alliances between universities and businesses received EU funding. More than 40% of these trained students and academic staff in forward-looking skills related to environment and climate change, energy and resources, digital (ICT and digital skills) and entrepreneurship.

The two studies (Erasmus+ Higher Education Impact study and the Erasmus+ Higher Education Strategic Partnerships and Knowledge Alliances study) assessed the impact of the programme on its two main beneficiaries: individuals and organisations.

For the first study, almost 77 000 responses, including from around 47 000 Erasmus+ students, 12 000 graduates and 10 000 staff members with Erasmus+ experience were analysed. The findings of the second study are based on responses from 258 Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships and Knowledge Alliances (representing 504 organisations) awarded funding in 2014-2016 as well as 26 detailed case studies.














the European Sting Milestones

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

The Parliament sets the way for the European Banking Union

Ebola cases rising in DR Congo, but UN health agency cites progress in community trust-building

‘Open, cordial, and frank discussions’ held over future Somalia-UN relationship

High unemployment to continue haunting the EU

JADE at European Business Summit 2015

Mali peace process in a ‘critical phase’, says head of UN Mission

Trump to run America to the tune of his business affairs

Trump’s trade wars: Aiming at long term gains for America

Generalist practicing: is it worth it?

Nearly three million more displaced year-on-year, warns refugee agency chief, but solutions are within reach

Is Eurozone preparing to abandon austerity and stagnation?

The future of science could be in your gut. Here’s why

Commission Work Programme 2019: Delivering on promises and preparing for the future

This app uses augmented reality to rewrite ‘herstory’

Terrorism and migrants: the two awful nightmares for Europe and Germany in 2016

Why do medical students need to go abroad to become a doctor in 2017?

Eurozone’s bank resolution mechanism takes a blow

Electronic Cigarettes: A booster or alternative to Smoking?

UNIDO promotes post-harvest excellence for mangoes in the Mekong River Delta of Viet Nam

Militias force nearly 2,000 to leave Libyan capital’s largest shelter for internally-displaced: UNHCR

The Schengen area is at a crossroads

We need to talk about integration after migration. Here are four ways we can improve it

Manufacturing is finally entering a new era

What happens when the Eurogroup decides to help Greece

The 28 EU leaders show contempt for the European Elections results

Rule of law in Hungary: Parliament should ask Council to act, say committee MEPs

How the North Korea-U.S. detente is a leveling of the playing field

How technology can help India breathe more easily

How solar is powering the Middle East towards renewables

25 years on from genocide against the Tutsi, UN Chief warns of ‘dangerous trends of rising xenophobia, racism and intolerance’

FROM THE FIELD: Green shoots of peace in South Sudan

EU Youth Conference in Riga concludes with recommendations for ministers

Who are the winners and losers in Africa’s Continental Free Trade area?

UN boosts humanitarian appeal to help tackle Zimbabwe’s ‘worst-ever’ hunger crisis

These countries are leading the way in green finance

How to future-proof India’s economy

We have the tools to beat climate change. Now we need to legislate

European Youth Event 2016 – bridge between youth and policy makers

Amsterdam is getting a 3D-printed bridge

3 ways to use digital identity systems in global supply chains

Women outliving men ‘everywhere’, new UN health agency statistics report shows

Localized microfactories – the new face of globalized manufacturing

Is there a drug for every disease?

Worth going ‘extra mile’ for a new Syrian constitution, UN envoy urges

Facebook-Cambridge Analytica: MEPs demand action to protect citizens’ privacy

How Britain’s backyard bird feeders are shaping evolution

On the first day of 2019, over 395,000 babies to be born worldwide: UNICEF

MEPs back plans to boost joint assessment of medicines

EU to gain the most from the agreement with Iran

A third of world’s out-of-school youth live in conflict, disaster-affected countries: UNICEF report

5 facts about global military spending

Why Europe’s high productive performance is discredited?

From Sweden to India, School climate strikes have gone global

Female African coders ‘on the front-line of the battle’ to change gender power relations: UN chief

5 futuristic ways to fight cyber attacks

A day in the life of a refugee: the wait

EU prepares for the worst case scenario as Turkey seems to be withdrawing from the migration deal

The European Union and Central Asia: New opportunities for a stronger partnership

Ebola: EU releases additional €3.5 million to tackle epidemic

Solutions for cultural understanding: medical students’ perspective

More Stings?


  1. As the admin of this web page is working, no doubt very soon it will be well-known, due to its quality contents.

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s