30 years of Erasmus+

A story of 30 years: from Erasmus to Erasmus+

2017 marks 30 years of Erasmus+. The original Erasmus programme began in 1987 as an exchange programme giving higher education students a taste of life and learning abroad. You can read more about the anniversary on the European Commission’s dedicated Erasmus+ 30 webpage, including a video.

In the ensuing thirty years, Erasmus grew and has developed into something much bigger, which is reflected in the addition of the ‘+’ in 2014 to create Erasmus+ .

Today, Erasmus+ funds thousands of opportunities a year, for students, staff, teachers, apprentices and young people, from across education, training, youth and sport. Projects cover a huge range of topics and the programme now extends beyond Europe with initiatives like International Credit Mobility.

Get involved

Throughout 2017, there will be events across Europe to mark the 30th anniversary of Erasmus+. To keep up to date with European-wide activities, subscribe to the European Commission’s Erasmus+ 30 newsletter

Information on activities across the UK will be posted on this webpage and communicated through our monthly newsletter - get in touch to let us know what you are planning!

Share your story

During 2017 we want to feature as many of your memories and experiences of Erasmus or Erasmus+ as possible. Follow us on Twitter to keep up to date with the conversation.