INFOGRAPHICS. The Erasmus+ program celebrates its 35th anniversary this year. If it is already an integral part of the European landscape, it also seems to be much appreciated by the French, who praise its merits.
Every year, more than 100,000 students, apprentices, secondary school students or teachers benefit from the Erasmus+ programme. Whether they leave for a few weeks or several months, these French people come back more European than ever. After 35 years of existence, its popularity rating does not weaken: 89% of people surveyed by the Erasmus+ Agency at the end of 2021 say they have a good opinion of the programme. In total, 61% of French people would like to be able to benefit from Erasmus+ mobility, a figure that even reaches 81% among 15-17 year olds, very motivated by the idea of going to study in Europe.
Mobility for studies, internship or both
Research published in January 2022 by the Erasmus+ Agency proves this: the younger you are, the more French people say they are ready to go abroad to study or do an internship. Among young people aged between 15 and 24, almost 80% of young people would like to learn a foreign language and discover another culture. One third could study or do an internship in Europe and seven out of ten young people could do a professional internship.
For most 15-24 year olds, a stay of study or internship in Europe should be preferred (as opposed to mobility outside Europe), also on condition that it is a short mobility of less than three months. But hybrid mobility, including remote and face-to-face, is not avoided. On the contrary, about 60% of young people would be ready to start.
Skills that no longer need to be proven after an Erasmus+
Because for students, the advantages are numerous. Difficult to choose just one. Whether for language practice, open-mindedness, the discovery of Europe and European citizenship or the possibility of tackling new ways of learning, the Erasmus+ program fulfills its mission in more than 80% of cases. Respondents also highlight the opportunities offered after mobility, in particular better employability.
Recognition of academic or professional mobility was not evaluated in this research, however, it is still a barrier to mobility, as are the financial cost and fear regarding language mastery. Everyone agrees that the benefits of mobility are significant, but you still need to prove it in a job interview.
Making the mobility system known since high school
Today, the Erasmus+ program has become more democratic. Almost nine out of ten French people have heard of the device. They know him through his relatives or the media. However, knowledge of the program in detail is less good. Thus, for 48% of respondents, it is not possible to leave Europe, just as it is not possible to benefit from the program if you are not a student. Two false statements. Likewise, those most motivated to move to Europe are those with a high school and higher education degree (60 and 68%), while only 30% of young people without a degree consider it. Therefore, access to information must be improved.
In addition, 73% of students and parents would like to have more information about mobility possibilities before choosing their establishment or course. An apprenticeship that should start in college for 57% of respondents or via Parcoursup. The Erasmus+ program would therefore benefit from being better known.