(26 January 2016) – The figures published today reveal that in 2014, Erasmus+ already benefited more people through a wider range of opportunities.
In its first year, the programme supported a record 650,000 mobility grants for students, trainees, teachers, volunteers and other young people and paved the way for the first student loans for a full Master degree abroad. For the first time, the programme also funded policy support projects involving public authorities and international organisations and provided funding for projects in the field of sport.
In a separate report, the Commission is today also publishing the statistics on student and staff mobility for the 2013-2014 academic year. The data reveals that a record number of students (272,000) and staff (57,000) took part compared to any previous year. Spain, Germany and France remained the three most popular destinations for Erasmus students to study or train abroad in 2013-2014.
In addition, a new Erasmus Regional Impact Study confirms that while undertaking an Erasmus student exchange significantly improves young people’s chances of securing high quality, managerial jobs, this is especially true for students coming from Southern and Eastern Europe.