Mobility in Europe: the very best international locations to go on Erasmus+

INFOGRAPHICS. Health crisis or not, Europe is popular with students. If many take the direction of Spain, other countries can seduce you. Cost of living, environment, education, employment, culture… A look at the strengths and weaknesses of the 31 countries of the Erasmus+ programme.

Every year, around 100,000 students decide to continue their studies abroad, focusing on the Erasmus+ programme. But the choice of destinations is vast!

Although it is now possible to undertake an Erasmus stay outside Europe, most mobility is still concentrated in the Old Continent. In particular around the countries of the programme, which brings together the 27 countries of the European Union (the United Kingdom minus since 2021), as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey, North Macedonia and Serbia.

The Student, therefore, offers you a summary of strengths, but also weaknesses of 31 countries in the Erasmus+ program (without France and Liechtenstein) through cost of living, quality of life, culture, educational attractiveness or employment.

The list of Erasmus+ countries where it is good to study in 2022

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Northern Europe, many qualities and few defects

Known for the quality of his teachings, Northern European countries appear to be direct competitors of the UK since Brexit.

Norway, Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands and even Denmark score your command of English and the number of languages ​​spoken. cosmopolitan countries that also host many international students. In Luxembourg, for example, almost half of the students come from abroad.

According to the European Commission, all these countries are also known for their quality of life. If we find the Scandinavian countries on the podium, it’s good Ireland that obtains the best score in this criterion (8.1/10). And if the sun isn’t really there, the environment is still very favorable. Whether in greenhouse gas emissions or exposure to particulate air pollution, Nordic countries, in particular Estonia and Finland, stand out as good students.

Other advantages: particularly high employment rates among 15-29 year olds, as in Iceland (72%) or the Netherlands (70%). Unemployment rates are more disparate: Germany recorded the lowest rate in 2020 (7.4%), Iceland and the Netherlands are also ranked in the top four. On the other hand, the Baltic and Scandinavian countries saw their unemployment rate hover around 17% on average in 2020.

Also pay attention to the cost of living in all these countries. Count around 500 euros on average for a 20 m² rental in Ireland, Iceland or Luxembourg. In Norway, drinking a beer can cost up to 10 euros.

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Central Europe, assets not to be forgotten

On the other hand, it is precisely because of low cost of living that central Europe excels. The rents for a 20 m² studio are around 200 to 250 euros per month. Public transport subscription also remains reasonable (up to 50 euros per month maximum).

Special mention also for higher education establishments. Poland, The Czech Republic or even the Romania are acclaimed for their quality pedagogy. In addition, the proportion of foreign students is increasing from year to year.

With regard to quality of life and employment, Croatia, Serbia, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia have the lowest ratings.

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Sunny countries are also doing well

no wonder that Spain remains the favorite Erasmus+ destination for French students. The country is full of assets whether in terms of cost of living, sun, culture or its establishments.

Next door, Turkey has nothing to be ashamed of. The country has the lowest average income (72 euros per month), and has more higher education institutions in international rankings such as Shanghai, THE (Times Higher Education) or QS.

Italy, on the other hand, offers the opportunity to be filled with culture with 58 monuments classified as World Heritage by UNESCO. North Macedonia, Bulgaria and Malta highlight their low cost of living and their sunshine.

However, in terms of foreign languages ​​and English proficiency, the latter lags behind. As the sun is not everything, the quality of life as a whole is not convincing at all points. In particular, students who would like to continue living in their Erasmus country: the unemployment rate remained very high in 2020 (38% in Spain, 35% in Greece or North Macedonia). Sunny countries, particularly touristic ones, were the first to be impacted by the health crisis.

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