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.

Take a look at our inspiring people

Throughout 2017, we will be showcasing a number of participants who took part in the journey of Erasmus+.

Here is what Cardiff University graduate Tania Habimana had to say about her experience:

Tania Habimana

Take a look at the European Commission's webpage to find out more about Tania's story and seven others from Belgium to Hungary.

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 - do get in touch to let us know what you are planning. You can also publicise your event by registering the details on the European Commission’s online events log.

Anyone who would like to promote the Erasmus+ 30 campaign can use the resources in the promotional toolkit. The materials are available royalty free in 2017, including a leaflet, a banner, and the Erasmus+ 30 years logo.

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. Take a look at our latest case study on the theme of social integration and inclusion.