EUROPEAN WEEK. No, Erasmus+ is not just an exchange program for students who came to celebrate in a European capital! Who can go, to which countries, why? Here are five received ideas that you should no longer have in mind.
Do an Erasmus exchange: you like the idea! But do you really know who can benefit from the Erasmus+ program and for what purpose? The Student circumvents the question in five received ideas.
1. Erasmus+ is an exchange program for students
When it started over 30 years ago, the Erasmus program was primarily aimed at higher education students. Today, the Erasmus+ program is aimed at a much wider audience: If you are a professional high school student, agricultural high school student, apprentice or job seeker, you can also benefit. The program also includes teachers, school and higher education staff and adult education trainers.
2. Erasmus benefits young people from affluent backgrounds
This is still partially true, but the Erasmus program has become considerably more democratic. The Erasmus Statistical Observatory published an information note on this subject in March 2019: 51% of mobile students have a parent who is a manager or has a higher intellectual profession. “But today, 39% of Erasmus+ students are scholarship holders based on social criteria, explains Laure Coudret-Laut, director of the Erasmus France agency. And in terms of vocational training, 60% of young people benefiting from Erasmus+ mobility are of popular social origin, that is, they have both parents working, employed, farmers or inactive.
3. Erasmus is reserved for young students
There is no real age limit to participate in Erasmus+. To benefit, it is enough to be registered in an education or training establishment. Thus, students from basic, university and secondary education can benefit from the Erasmus+ mobility or partnership. Later, if you are a jobseeker or if you are followed by a local mission or adult training organisation, here you can also take advantage of mobility to study, train or work abroad.
4. On an Erasmus exchange, you go to a European capital
Since 2016, it is also possible to do Erasmus+ mobility in 168 countries outside the European Union. Thus, in 2018, from France, 2,079 Erasmus scholarships were granted to study or carry out an internship in a country outside the EU: Balkan countries, Russia, Maghreb countries, Latin America, North America, Asia… take the lion’s share with 47,276 scholarships awarded last year to French students.
5. At Erasmus, we mainly celebrate
The film “The Spanish Inn” may suggest that Erasmus+ is above all a festive programme! When you take a mobility trip to get to know and discover the culture of a country, you really benefit from the famous Erasmus nights, which are very lively and multilingual. As one in four Erasmus students, you can meet your future spouse there (according to a study by the European Commission). But before the party and the meetings, there is the studies… and also the work! “One in three students goes to Erasmus to do an internship at a company”, recalls Laure Coudret-Laut. A beneficial stay in all aspects!