Choosing the location for your mobility takes time to research potential destinations. The attractiveness of the school and employment may be selection criteria. If this is your case, the Student offers you a comparison between the 31 destinations offered by Erasmus+.
Going abroad can be an expected but also stressful experience, especially during the first few days of acclimatization. Being surrounded by other like-minded international students can therefore be comforting.
Luxembourg, the best Erasmus+ destination to meet foreign students
Head to Luxembourg to be sure to spend a cosmopolitan year since 48% of students enrolled in this country are foreigners. Cyprus (24%), Austria (17%) and the Czech Republic (14%) also stand out for the strong presence of foreign students.
The Czech Republic is also an increasingly popular Erasmus+ destination. In 2018, 10,000 additional students were received compared to 2009. An evolution three times greater than in France.
With 2% of foreign students in its workforce, Turkey is the country that receives the fewest foreign students. But it can be an advantage if you want to fully immerse yourself in Turkish culture.
Fluency in English: Nordic countries preferred
Nordic countries do well for their English proficiency. The Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland stand out for their very good level of English. No wonder, as they are cosmopolitan countries, where sometimes English is even one of the official languages.
On the other hand, if English is the only foreign language you speak, you may then find it more difficult to make yourself understood by locals in Turkey, Italy or even Spain.
But since it’s not just English that counts, other countries stand out for speaking multiple languages. This is the case in Luxembourg, where 51.2% of the population speak at least three or more foreign languages.
The Nordic countries once again stand out. 44.9 and 43.7% of Finns and Norwegians speak three or more languages respectively. You will also find Slovenians (37.7%) and Slovaks (28%) on the side who speak at least three languages.
Countries highlighted in international university rankings
Turkish universities are the most present in international rankings. In fact, the country has 67 universities in the QS, Shanghai and THE (Times Higher Education) rankings.
Germany and Italy also have around sixty rated establishments. A number to be put into perspective by the size of these countries. It is also the small countries that have the least. For example, North Macedonia (0), Luxembourg (1) and Malta (1).
The best Erasmus+ countries to study
Countries where to settle to work after Erasmus+
If the Erasmus+ adventure is going more than well, and the idea of settling in the country is in your head: how are the Erasmus+ program nations in terms of employment?
Considering the employment rate among 15-29 year olds, Iceland stands out with 72.3% of its 15-29 year olds employed. The Netherlands follows closely with 70%. Malta also has a high employment rate of 66%. This island is doing well thanks to tourism and the reception of many financial and video game companies.
In terms of unemployment, some countries seem to be doing better than others. Germany and the Netherlands have very low unemployment rates among 15-24 year olds – 7.4 and 9.1% respectively – but this is explained by the large number of precarious and partial contracts.
Other countries such as Italy, Spain or Greece were strongly affected by the health crisis, as they are economically dependent on tourism.