Why take part?

Changing lives, opening minds

Erasmus+ will help participants at all stages of their lives, from school through to adulthood, to pursue stimulating opportunities for learning across Europe, both inside and outside of the classroom. You will gain valuable life-skills and international experience to help you develop personally, professionally and academically and to succeed in today's world.

As well as boosting skills and employability for participants, the programme will also modernise education, training, and youth work across Europe.

Twelve benefits for participants:

  1. Develop personally, professionally and academically.
  2. Gain vital new skills required for a global economy.
  3. Broaden your horizons – physically and mentally!
  4. Receive financial support.
  5. Acquire invaluable transferable skills.
  6. Increase motivation to learn.
  7. Boost your employability.
  8. Develop cultural awareness and open mindedness.
  9. Enhance self-confidence.
  10. Have fun!
  11. Gain knowledge in new subjects or in teaching methods.
  12. Improve and gain language skills.

Find out what past participants have to say on their experiences in one of our case studies.

Students and young people

The international experience gained through studying, volunteering or working abroad will give a huge boost to your self-confidence and your CV, helping you to stand out in the job market and succeed in an increasingly competitive international marketplace. You will return more motivated, independent and confident, having improved your language skills and gained an international network of friends. 

A report published by the UK Higher Education International Unit's Go International programme and the British Council highlights the student perspectives of the benefits of and barriers to spending time abroad as part of a UK undergraduate degree. Individual comments included:

An enormous growth in confidence and independence, a sense of achievement, and becoming aware of possibilities (both academic, career-related, and social) that were previously beyond my horizons.

Other benefits specified by significant numbers of respondents were the development of a range of transferable or employability skills and the creation or development of relationships with others, either professional or personal, and the gain of a different and broader perspective.

Read more in the European Commission’s survey of former Erasmus students: “The results of the European Commission’s survey of the impact of Erasmus highlight the importance an international experience has for students, employers and the UK economy. Lower unemployment, higher numbers in managerial positions and a more entrepreneurial outlook of Erasmus students are key findings, and clearly show that the opportunities offered under Erasmus and Erasmus+ really can change lives and open doors.”, comments Ruth Sinclair-Jones, Director Erasmus+ UK National Agency.

Staff, teachers, lecturers and trainers

Teaching or training abroad enables staff to develop new skills; you can get to know first-hand the workings of another European educational system, learn and share new ideas and explore best practices to take back to the UK. You will be inspired by new colleagues and refresh your thinking, returning from your mobility enthused and motivated.

Schools, institutions and organisations

As well as the benefit of receiving funding, there are far more wide-reaching benefits that can be felt across the whole institution, school and organisation. Erasmus+ offers unique career development opportunities for staff, who feel inspired and valued, aiding staff retention. Improvements to the quality of teaching and learning across your institution or organisation following a staff mobility, youth project or partnership will enhance its reputation and its international standing.