About One Million German Students Have Studied Abroad With Erasmus Since Its Launch
Higher Education News
Jun 21, 2022
About one million students from Germany have studied abroad with the European Union (EU) student exchange program, Erasmus, since its introduction, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) revealed on the occasion of the 35th anniversary of Erasmus.
According to DAAD figures, to date, more than twelve million Europeans have participated in the program, Erudera College News reports.
During the event, DAAD President Joybrato Mukherjee described Erasmus as a program that served as an emotional and intellectual bond for the youngsters in Europe.
“In this sense, Erasmus is also a peace programme, and I am convinced that this goal is more important today than ever,” Mukherjee was quoted as saying by the deutschland.de.
It has been reported that after more than two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, more German students have considered studying abroad, with the number of applications for a stay abroad exceeding that of a year earlier.
This month, Mukherjee said that there were more Erasmus applications from German universities compared to a year ago. DAAD data show that 71,000 Erasmus applications have already been received, a significant increase compared to 2021, when 59,000 applications were submitted.
DAAD president pointed out that an amount of €157 million will be allocated to help around 50,000 students and university staff to experience an international exchange.
Lately, the German government has decided to increase the budget for Erasmus. Education Minister Bettina Stark-Watzinger (FDP) said that the budget would increase to €57 million provided by the European Social Fund, which amount will support students who study for a semester abroad.
These students will receive between €490 to €600 depending on the country where they will pursue their studies.
According to Erudera, there are currently 17,806 Erasmus students in all German federal states. Among the states that host Erasmus students are:
- Baden Wuerttemberg – 3,487 students
- Bavaria – 3,155 students
- North Rhine-Westphalia – 2,953 students
- Berlin – 2,016 students
Erasmus+ is a European Union program created to support education, training, youth, and sport across Europe.
Erasmus program was launched on 15 June 1987. Since then, it has assisted European students in studying in one of the 33 countries. The program allows students to study at a university abroad for a duration of between three and 12 months.
For the 2021-2027 program, €26.2 billion have been allocated to Erasmus, a budget that will help the program become more inclusive, more digital, and greener.
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