The Erasmus programme is one of the most popular success stories of the European Union. While it’s best known as a study exchange programme, its budget worth billions of Euros provides opportunities in many other areas as well, including training, sports and youth support.
Previous participants have described it as the “cornerstone of the construction of the EU”, claiming it “made them “feel like a global citizen”.
Fidel Corcuera Manso, Director of French Studies at the University of Zaragoza in Spain, has been involved in Erasmus since the very beginning in 1987. He said: “Erasmus+ has allowed a large number of young people to leave their daily lives in order to study abroad and realise another reality, in another language.” He believes the programme “has helped to internalise the concept of freedom.”
For the young people of Europe, it’s a gift that keeps on giving. Think you know how much this programme benefits students? Take our quiz to test your knowledge:
1. When was the Erasmus programme established?
2. When is the Erasmus+ programme set to last until?
3. Between 2014 and 2020, how many people will participate in the programme's learning opportunities?
4. Between 2014 and 2020, how many students will benefit from grants to study and train in higher education abroad?
5. Which of the following is the backronym for the programme?
6. Does the programme promote and fund sports events and partnerships?
7. The Erasmus+ programme is not open to non-EU citizens at all. True or false?
8. "Five years after graduation, the unemployment rate of young people who studied or trained abroad is 23% lower than that of their non-mobile peers." True or false?
9. Does the Erasmus+ programme offer apprenticeship opportunities?
10. Is Erasmus funding available for exchanges in countries like China, India or the US?
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