13 Interesting facts about ERASMUS

13 Interesting facts about ERASMUS

Who is the ERASMUS? First of all it is a EU student exchange program established in 1987, which means it is already 29 years old. Since the beginning, Erasmus program has provided over three million European students with the opportunity to go abroad for study or training. Number that almost reach all the population of Mongolia. But let’s check other numbers and statistics!

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Social sciences, business and law students made up the biggest share (29%) of trainees. Humanities and arts students (17%) was the second biggest share. Closely followed by engineering, manufacturing and construction students, which are representing 16% of all trainees. The average age for ERASMUS trainees is 23.9.


The average duration for work placements, which is generally lower than for study exchange, was 4.4 months. Compared to 6.2 months for studies.


The average monthly grant for work placements is around  the same level as in the previous year, at about € 367.


France sent the most students abroad for work placements, followed by Spain, Germany, the United Kingdom and Italy. Students mostly choosen destinations to work placements like the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, France and Italy.

In 2012-13 the highest numbers of outgoing Erasmus students in relative terms were reported in Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Latvia, Lithuania and Spain.

Around 44% of the placements were done in small companies, 17% in medium-sized and about 18% in large companies.


About 1/3 of trainees offer a position at the enterprise where they do their traineeship. Erasmus student exchange program shows that graduates with international experience fare much better on the job market. They stay less to long-term unemployment compared with those who have not studied or trained abroad. Five years after graduation their unemployment rate is 23% lower.


1 of 10 Erasmus trainees who did an internship has started their own company. Of the Erasmus graduate which surveyed in the last Erasmus Impact Study, 77% held positions with leadership components 10 years after graduation. Another of the Erasmus alumni were 44% more likely to hold managerial positions than non-Erasmus alumni. 40% have changed their country of residence or work at least once since graduation.


Former Erasmus students are also more likely to have transnational relationships. 33% of former Erasmus students have a partner of a different nationality, compared with 13% of those who stay home during their studies. 27% of Erasmus students meet their long-term partner while on Erasmus. On this basis, the Commission estimates that around one million babies are likely to have been born in Erasmus couples since 1987.


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