Higher education plays a crucial role in the long-term development of Europe and the education of its future citizens. It must be both adaptable - as education is constantly evolving - and wholeheartedly committed to the provision of life-long learning.
With these two aspects in mind, the EU has established a number of programmes to promote the mobility of students and, with it, their knowledge of other languages and cultures. The best known of these is the Erasmus programme, which supports student mobility within Europe, but there are others that allow you to study as far afield as the USA, Canada, Japan, Australia or New Zealand.
The Erasmus programme offers you the opportunity to study abroad for a period of 3-12 months. It is accessible to students of all subjects, and the qualifications acquired whilst abroad are recognised in your own university.
Since its launch in 1987, Erasmus has helped over one million students to study abroad and has involved more than 2200 universities in 30 countries.
By providing an international system of contacts, Erasmus promotes not only student mobility, but, as it has evolved, a new European-focused dimension in higher education.