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Erasmus+: 35 years of exchange in figures
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Created by the European Commission in 1987, the Erasmus+ programme, which has already benefited more than 12 million people, is celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2022! Budget, participants, partner countries... We review the programme's key figures.

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A programme that benefits different audiences and backgrounds

Pupils, teachers and school staff, apprentices and vocational trainers, students, teachers and staff in higher education, job seekers...the Erasmus+ programme is aimed at a wide audience and is not limited to students with a traditional background or to the most privileged. Indeed, more and more young French people from rural areas or still unemployed are interested in the exchange programme. : 

  • 60% of VET learners are young people from working class backgrounds and 50% face barriers (geographical, economic, or even health barriers); and
  • 39% of Erasmus+ students received a grant based on social criteria. 

An increased Erasmus+ budget for more mobility

26.2 billion euros is the budget that has been allocated to this programme for the 2021-2027 period. This is 80% more than for the 2014-2020 period, with the objective of 10 million additional European mobilities in 7 years, a figure that was reached in 30 years.

The amount of Erasmus grants, which depends on the duration of the stay and the cost of living in the destination country, has increased in 2021:

  • Between €800 and €1,080 per month for vocational courses;
  • Between €200 and €600 per month for higher education.

Supplements are available for internships, for the least privileged young people (up to €1,000 per month) and to encourage environmentally friendly transport.

Please note: the grant can be combined with co-financing provided by local authorities (regions, departments, towns, etc.). Do not hesitate to ask them for information.

Erasmus+ mobility: France is still leading

600,000 people benefited from mobility funded by the European programme from France between 2014 and 2020.

While higher education students are still on the increase (+21% in 2020 compared to 2014), more and more VET learners are participating in the programme (+34% in 2020 compared to 2014): 1 out of 2 beneficiaries goes abroad for an internship, confirming the interest of participants in a professional experience abroad.

To this must be added mobilities granted to professionals (teachers, trainers and national education staff): approximately 65 000 people between 2014 and 2020.

Spain, 1st host country of the Erasmus+ programme

The number one destination for Erasmus students, followed by Germany and France, Spain is also the number one choice of the French.

While the UK has long been a favourite destination, the Brexit is now applicable: since the exit agreement signed on 30 December 2020, the UK has become a third country partner in the programme, and can only participate in some of its actions.

But Erasmus+ is not just about Europe. Today, the programme has 201 participating or partner countries (compared to 11 when it was launched in 1987!).

In addition to the 27 EU members, there are also Iceland, the Republic of Northern Macedonia, Turkey, Serbia, Norway, Liechtenstein and 168 other partnerships outside Europe. This gives you a wide choice of destinations to make your experience abroad a success!

100% paperless Erasmus+ health cover with APRIL International

Are you going on an Erasmus trip to a European country? If you remain affiliated to the French Social Security, your private insurance is not always valid abroad. You can of course apply for the European Health Insurance Card, which will cover your unexpected and medically necessary medical care, but this card has several disadvantages: private medicine is not covered, the card is regularly refused and you will therefore have to pay the health costs (which are sometimes very expensive) with limited reimbursements afterwards, and repatriation assistance is not covered.

Are you going to a country outside Europe? This time, you will no longer be able to benefit from French Social Security.

In both cases, taking out study abroad insurance, which is often required to obtain your residence permit abroad, will also allow you to leave for Erasmus+ with peace of mind!


The APRIL International advantage ?

Our teams: who are available anywhere in the world 24/7, by telephone, chat, Messenger or WhatsApp and our Easy Claim app, the number 1 on the market, which facilitates all your procedures (sending your claims in a few clicks, free teleconsultation, etc.)

Our experience: every year we assist tens of thousands of young people abroad (students, French international volunteering, WHV...).



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