Erasmus+ is the EU's new programme for boosting skills and employability through education, training, youth and sport. Between 2014-2020 the programme will provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain work experience, and volunteer abroad. In the field of education and training, the Erasmus initiative is renowned for the opportunities it provides students to learn abroad, as well as the opportunities it provides for teaching staff in higher education.
Building on these, the Erasmus+ programme now covers five major areas of education and training:
- School education opportunities for staff and institutions;
- Vocational education and training opportunities for students, apprentices, trainees, staff, institutions, and business;
- Higher Education opportunities for students, staff, institutions, and businesses;
- Adult Education opportunities for staff, institutions, and businesses;
- European Integration opportunities for academic and research staff and institutions.
Erasmus+ for Higher Education aims to modernise and improve higher education across Europe and the rest of the world. It gives students and staff opportunities to develop their skills and boost their employment prospects.
The advantages of talking part in the Erasmus exchange:
- Educational – possibility to compare the quality of studying, teaching methods and educational methods and functioning of higher education institutions in foreign country
- Linguistic – the chance to become fluent in using foreign language and terminology characteristic for the field of studies
- Cultural – getting to know the culture of a country, the lifestyle of the people, students’ life
- Life experience – developing the ability to deal with unexpected situations and gaining independence.
Participation in student mobility may turn out to be invaluable experience, thus students are encouraged to take up the challenge and seize the opportunity to study abroad that is given to them by the European Union.