What is the Erasmus Programme?

So you’ve completed reading the checklist, and you’ve passed all the 10 rules of Erasmus. Now you’re set to move to the next step. But first, what on earth is this Erasmus thing anyway? You need to fully understand before applying.

Simple explanation

Erasmus students are those that take advantage of the Erasmus exchange program, a well supported and organised scheme that has been in operation since the late 1980's. It allows for students to study at universities in the EU member states for set periods of time.


Erasmus students study a wide variety of subjects but most use the program for advancing their language skills with a view to working in the international sphere, and it is advised that anyone interested seeks information on the Erasmus scheme online.

The European Credit Transfer System means that academic credits you earn in your course while abroad will count towards your qualification.

Free movement presents Opportunity

The Erasmus Program works to provide students with the opportunity to experience a global education. 

There are currently over 5,000 higher institutions participating in the Erasmus Program across the 37 countries involved in providing the program to students. 6 million students have been a part of it since it was introduced in 1987.

Erasmus works by providing free movement and education exchange between registered universities and institutions for eligible students. 

Erasmus can go for 3 months to a year. It could be a requirement to do Erasmus as part of your course or degree, or you do it to experience another country. It  will look amazing on your Resume or CV, assist in shaping you to be more motivated, increase your independence, massively improve your English (and other!) language skills plus provide an unique angle to get some work experience.

Time of your life

All that aside, it is serious FUN. You get to meet what feels like millions of people from all parts of the globe. Some people end up finding their life partner too!

Next Step: Are you eligible?