The new season marks the beginning of the new university term which year after year brings a multitude of students to Spain from all over Europe through study programmes such as Erasmus+. According to the latest data from the European Commission – which is in charge of managing this programme – our country receives the most Erasmus students with almost 47,138 students out of the 800,000 enrolled in the 2016-2017 academic year.
It surpasses the figures of German universities which receive nearly 32,876 and the United Kingdom which receives approximately, 31,243 that are the second and third countries in the ranking, respectively. Not forgetting the 44,600 registered from the previous year. Of the total number of Erasmus students who came to Spain, 33,155 did so to study and 13,983 to complete internships in companies.
Most students come to Spain because they are interested in the Spanish culture and language, which they can perfect throughout their stay. It is worth noting that Spanish is the fastest growing language in the world. According to the report El español, una lengua viva 2018, published by the Cervantes Institute, Spanish is the official language in 21 countries and is currently spoken by more than 577 million people, which is approximately 7.6% of the world’s population.
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Spain had the third largest number of students enrolled in this program in the 2016 – 2017 academic year, in which there were more than 40,000 students enrolled, a figure that increased significantly compared to the 39,223 from the previous year. The Erasmus program has provided Spanish students with the opportunity to live abroad and immerse themselves in another culture and way of life, improve their languages skills and improve their ability to adapt to change.
Within this number it is also becoming more and more popular for students to request internships: 8,639 in the last registered academic year compared to 7,869 the previous year. The most popular destinations among Spaniards were Italy (8,124), the United Kingdom (4,570), Germany (3,843) and France (3,793).
According to the statistics these are the figures that will improve our future competiveness. The report published by Erasmus+, based on the comments of 77,000 students, teachers and representatives of the organisations collaborating with the programme, ensures that the students who took part in Erasmus programs are proven to have a lot more professional success in the future. The programme has also helped to improve universities and make them more innovative.
The history of the programme
Erasmus+ is a European Union programme that has been promoting cultural and educational exchanges for more than 30 years (since 1987) between students and teachers from different European countries. It is also a programme that helps to open doors to people from other parts of the world.
Its current budget (for the period 2014-2020) is around €14.7 billion, which is being used to provide scholarships to more than 4 million Europeans, who will be able to study, train and gain experience abroad. One of the aims of the programme is to increase the growth of jobs and reduce unemployment among the younger population and encourage them to take part in European democracy.
The programme Erasmus+ is not only aimed at young people, it also seeks to enhance the training of the adult population in new skills and qualifications required by the labour market. It also contributes to promoting cooperation and mobility with EU partner countries.
In Spain there are two organisations in charge of the coordinated management of the programme: the Servicio Español para la Internacionalización de la Educación (SEPIE) and the Agencia Nacional Española (ANE), that works with the Instituto de la Juventud (Injuve). In addition, the actions of Erasmus+ Sport, which exists to promote sport, are directly managed by the European Commission (the EU’s executive body) and the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA).