EUROPEAN WEEK. No, Erasmus+ is not just an exchange program for students who have come 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 your mind.
Doing an Erasmus exchange: the idea seduces you! But do you really know who can benefit from the Erasmus+ program and for what purpose? The Student works around the question in five received ideas.
1. Erasmus+ is an exchange program for students
When it first appeared, more than 30 years ago, the Erasmus program was mainly aimed at higher education students. Today, the Erasmus+ program is aimed at a much wider audience: whether you are a professional high school student, agricultural high school student, apprentice or job seeker, you can also benefit from it. The program also includes teachers, school and higher education staff and adult education trainers.
2. The Erasmus program benefits young people from wealthy 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 topic in March 2019: 51% of mobility 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 professional training, 60% of young people who benefit from Erasmus+ mobility are from popular social backgrounds, 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 from it, it is enough to be enrolled in an education or training establishment. Thus, primary, higher and secondary education students can benefit from Erasmus+ mobility or partnership. Later, if you are looking for a job or if you are accompanied by a local mission or an adult training organization, 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 grants were awarded to study or carry out an internship in a country outside the EU: Balkan countries, Russia, Maghreb countries, Latin America, North America, Asia… The European Union still takes the lion’s share, with 47,276 scholarships awarded last year to French students.
5. On Erasmus, we mainly celebrate
The film “The Spanish Inn” may suggest that Erasmus+ is above all a festive program! When taking a mobility trip to experience and discover the culture of a country, you will certainly benefit from the famous Erasmus nights, which are very lively and multilingual. As one in four Erasmus students, you can find your future spouse there (according to a European Commission study). But before the party and the meetings, comes the studies… and also the work! “One in three students does Erasmus to do an internship at a company”, recalls Laure Coudret-Laut. A beneficial stay in all respects!