30 years of Erasmus+

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A story of 30 years: from Erasmus to Erasmus+

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.

The UK National Agency is celebrating this special year in 2017 and you will find all the information and resources you need below to be a part of this 30 year anniversary!

Join the celebration 

We are inviting all UK participants, past and present, to celebrate what the programmes have meant to them, and the impact on their life. Here are a number of ways to join in:

Your stories

The story of the programme is all about the organisations and individuals who have taken part in Erasmus+ and its predecessor programmes - Comenius, Erasmus, Grundtvig, Leonardo, and Youth in Action - over the last 30 years. To learn more about how Erasmus started, read our interview with Dr Hywel Ceri Jones.

Do you have a story to tell about your Erasmus+ experience? Get in touch with us here at the UK National Agency for the opportunity to be featured here alongside Tania, Ollie and Andrea:

Tania Habimana's story
Tania shares the impact Erasmus has had on her career
Ollie Clarke's story
Follow Ollie's journey with Cornwall Council
Andrea Sapundjija's story
Andrea tells of her Erasmus+ experience in Granada


Click on the slideshow below for more inspiring Erasmus+ stories. Matthew wants to travel the world, while Alison’s arts organisation works across five countries and Marcus’ social enterprise helps disadvantaged young people. Nicola’s decade of adult education projects encompasses work with refugees and Zumba classes, and Callum coached football in Sweden at only 17.

Celebrating 30 years

As part of our 30th anniversary celebrations, we asked Sophie McKeand, the current Young People’s Laureate for Wales, to capture the spirit of Erasmus+ in a poem. 

We also have a copy of the 'Sunlight' poem (2.7 MB) available to download. To find out more about Sophie's inspiration for the poem, you can read our blog post.