Mobility in Europe: the very best nations to do Erasmus+

INFOGRAPHICS. Health crisis or not, Europe is popular with students. If many turn to Spain, other countries may well seduce you. Cost of living, environment, education, employment, culture… A look at the strengths and weaknesses of the 31 countries in 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!

If it is already possible to do Erasmus outside Europe, a large part of mobility is still concentrated in the Old Continent. In particular around the program countries, 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 the strengths, but also the 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


Northern Europe, many qualities and few defects

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

Norway, Finland, Sweden, Holland and even Denmark score points in the your command of English and the number of languages ​​spoken🇧🇷 cosmopolitan countries that also receive 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 classification in this criterion (8.1/10). And if the sunlight isn’t really there, the environment is still very supportive. 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- to 29-year-olds, such 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 also rank 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 missed

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

Special mention also goes to 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 year by year.

Regarding quality of life and employment, Croatia, Serbia, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia are in lower positions.

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Sunny countries are also doing well

no wonder 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 establishments.

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

Italy, on the other hand, offers you the opportunity to soak up the 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 stay and live in their Erasmus country: the unemployment rate remained very high in 2020 (38% in Spain, 35% in Greece or North Macedonia). Sunny countries, particularly tourist ones, were the first to be affected by the health crisis.

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