From Erasmus to Erasmus+ A Story of 30 Years

The University of Exeter is proud to celebrate 30 years of the Erasmus+ mobility scheme.  In that time Exeter will have sent over 10,000 students and staff on a study or work placement in Europe.  We consistently send out some of the largest cohorts of students and receive some of the highest levels of funding compared to other UK universities.

The original Erasmus began in 1987 as an exchange programme that gave higher education students a taste of life and learning abroad.  In 30 years an estimated 9 million people will have taken part, 600,000 of them from the UK.  Today, Erasmus+ offers opportunities across Europe and beyond to individuals and organisations in education, training, youth and sport.

30 years of Erasmus+

Every year the Outbound Study Abroad and Global Employability teams, in conjunction with the Colleges, send out and support over 700 students.  In return the Inbound Study Abroad team welcomes over 900 students to Exeter.

The University also receives Erasmus+ funding for other projects such as the Careers in Nature Conservation initiative which was co-ordinated by the Career Zone work-related learning team in partnership with the University of Evora in Portugal and teh Barn Owl Foundation in Hungary.  Our students visit a variety of locations across Europe and outlying territories, this year a student is receiving funding for a placement in French Guiana.

Exeter is very proud of its involvement in the Erasmus+ programme and supports Universities UK International and the Erasmus National Agency's campaign for the UK to remain part of the Erasmus+ programme after Brexit.  Indeed the University has signed the UUKi's Go International Stand Out Campaign "to double the percentage of UK-domiciled, full-time, first degree, undergraduate students who have an international placement as part of their university programme by 2020".  Remaining an Erasmus+ programme country is an integral part of this campaign.

The Erasmus+ programme at Exeter would not be successful without the support of academic champions, those who encourage and promote outbound mobility to the student population.  The Study Abroad and Global Employability teams would welcome the opportunity to discuss with academic members of staff the impact and benefits of Erasmus+ and how it can be embedded further into the student experience.

The Global Employability Consultant, Susannah Day is delighted that all Colleges now offer their students the option to undertake a work placement overseas as part of the curriculum.  "The intercultural and personal development skills that students accumulate whilst on placement overseas are invaluable and these skills are highly sought after by employers both within the UK and overseas."

The Study Abroad Manager, Anna Moscrop says "the University of Exeter prides itself on the strong and fruitful collaborations with our Erasmus exchange partners [...]

Students who are interested in studying or working overseas should contact their College Study Abroad Co-ordinator or the Global Employability team to find out more.  Staff are also able to undertake an Erasmus+ mobility and should contact Anna Moscrop for further information.

Erasmus+ Alumni

"It completely changed my view on the world compared to before.  I was always focused on the UK and what my plan would be there.  Experiencing another country, language and people from different cultures was an incredible experience.  I graduated from university and moved to Italy in October 2010, I have been living here ever since, working my way up in an IT company which I am now a partner in.  I married my Italian girlfriend and we have two beautiful children.  So yes, my Erasmus experience had a HUGE impact on my life!"

"Gave me a more open view of our world's society and culture, and although I was stepping into the unknown, it was probably the single most valuable experience I have had to date."