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MEMO/06/467

Brussels, 7 December 2006

Frequently Asked Questions: ERASMUS Programme, facts and figures

The Commission recently launched two studies that analysed (1) the strong and weak points of the Erasmus mobility activities, and (2) the impact of the Erasmus mobility on access to the labour market. This Memo presents an overview of the main findings of the two studies.

1. What were the main findings of the analysis of Erasmus Mobility activities?

• ERASMUS has given families an instrument that allows their children to open their horizons through a period abroad. More then 80 % of the students having benefited from an Erasmus study period abroad are the first in their family to have had the possibility to study abroad.

• Close to 90% of students have reported as positive or very positive the results of their stay and study abroad under ERASMUS.

• The students themselves achieved greater linguistic competences during their ERASMUS experience, and the percentage of students being able to work in a second language increased from the 40% to 65% compared to those that did not participate in the ERASMUS mobility scheme.

• A large number of students declare that the period abroad allows them to start or improve their skills in a third or even a fourth foreign language

• In spite of the great effort in enlarging the participation of the lower-income social groups, 50% of students still declare their financial difficulties as a real obstacle for their involvement in ERASMUS. Nevertheless, the participation of students from lower income groups did increase from 50% to 60% during the period 2000/2005.

• 80% of ERASMUS students considered that the learning agreement they signed with their institution had been respected, and that due recognition was given to the activities they had successfully achieved during their ERASMUS experience.

2. What were the main findings of the analysis of the impact of Erasmus Mobility activities on access to the labour market?

• Most of the students participating in ERASMUS evaluated as positive or even very positive the impact of the ERASMUS experience on their personal development. They not only experienced developed a more open attitude and approach towards society, but also developed a better and clearer perspective for their subsequent studies or professional life.

• Participation in ERASMUS shortens the period during which the young graduate looks for a first job. 60% of the respondents to the survey considered language skills to be among the strong points that led to their first successful recruitment. 50% of respondents cited the element of international experience offered by ERASMUS, and almost 40% of the respondents felt that the ERASMUS period itself was directly responsible.

• 75% of the students interviewed declared as positive the relation between their studies and the period of mobility under ERASMUS. They found coherence in what they have achieved, and some 40% of them found strong links between their period of Erasmus mobility and the content of the activities in their job.

• All in all, a period of Erasmus mobility is seen as one of the keys to facilitating a graduate's employability, and 50% of the representatives of the labour market (enterprises, administrations, etc.) confirm that the ERASMUS students are normally recruited into jobs with an international context.

3. What was the total number of students by country taking part in ERASMUS Student Mobility in 2004/2005?

[ Figures and graphics available in PDF and WORD PROCESSED ]

4. How many teachers took part in ERASMUS teacher mobility between 1997/1998 and 2004/05?

[ Figures and graphics available in PDF and WORD PROCESSED ]

5. What is the current occupation of Erasmus students?

[ Figures and graphics available in PDF and WORD PROCESSED ]

6. What were the most popular sending and receiving institutions for Erasmus students?

2004/2005 TOP 20 OUTGOING AND INCOMING ERASMUS STUDENT MOBILITY NUMBERS BY INSTITUTION




Top 20
Home institution
Institution Name
Outgoing
1
Madrid (Spain)
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
1343
2
Bologna (Italy)
Università di Bologna
1253
3
Valencia (Spain)
Universidad Politécnica de Valencia
1004
4
Valencia (Spain)
Universitat de València
970
5
Praha (Czech Repub.)
Univerzita Karlova V Praze
951
6
Granada (Spain)
Universidad de Granada
950
7
Roma (Italy)
Università degli Studi di Roma ‘La Sapienza’
937
8
Wien (Austria)
Universität Wien
848
9
Barcelona (Spain)
Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona
830
10
Zaragoza (Spain)
Universidad de Zaragoza
808
11
Barcelona (Spain)
Universitat de Barcelona
774
12
Madrid (Spain)
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
714
13
Barcelona (Spain)
Universitat Politècnica de Cataluña
709
14
Berlin (Germany)
Humboldt-Universität Zu Berlin
692
15
Firenze (Italy)
Università degli Studi di Firenze
690
16
Madrid (Spain)
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
673
17
Warszaw (Poland)
Uniwersytet Warszawski
654
18
Padova (Italy)
Universita’ degli Studi di Padova
653
19
Maastricht (Netherlands)
Universiteit Maastricht
641
20
Valladolid (Spain)
Universidad de Valladolid
640








Top 20
Host Institution
Institution Name
Incoming
1
Granada (Spain)
Universidad de Granada
1620
2
Madrid (Spain)
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
1484
3
Valencia (Spain)
Universitat de València
1413
4
Bologna (Italy)
Università di Bologna
1284
5
Valencia (Spain)
Universidad Politécnica de Valencia
1257
6
Barcelona (Spain)
Universitat de Barcelona
1255
7
Sevilla (Spain)
Universidad de Sevilla
1180
8
Barcelona (Spain)
Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona
1142
9
Salamanca (Spain)
Universidad de Salamanca
1108
10
Firenze (Italy)
Università degli Studi di Firenze
871
11
Roma (Italy)
Università degli Studi di Roma ‘La Sapienza’
871
12
Alicante (Spain)
Universidad de Alicante
860
13
Madrid (Spain)
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
838
14
Zaragoza (Spain)
Universidad de Zaragoza
828
15
Berlin (Germany)
Humboldt-Universität Zu Berlin
827
16
Lund (Sweden)
Lunds Universitet
794
17
Barcelona (Spain)
Universitat Politècnica de Cataluña
707
18
Wien (Austria)
Universität Wien
693
19
Valladolid (Spain)
Universidad de Valladolid
669
20
Berlin (Germany)
Freie Universität Berlin
660

7. What were the most popular sending and receiving institutions for Erasmus teachers?

2004/2005 TOP 20 OUTGOING AND INCOMING ERASMUS
TEACHER MOBILITY NUMBERS BY INSTITUTION




 
Home Institution
Institution Name
Outgoing
1
Valladolid (Spain)
Universidad de Valladolid
187
2
Praha (Czech Rep)
Univerzita Karlova V Praze
140
3
Granada (Spain)
Universidad de Granada
120
4
Thessaloniki (Greece)
Aristoteleio Panepistimio Thessalonikis
109
5
Brno (Czech Rep)
Vysoké Ucení Technické V Brne
108
6
Barcelona (Spain)
Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona
108
7
Berlin (Germany)
Humboldt-Universität Zu Berlin
103
8
Zaragoza (Spain)
Universidad de Zaragoza
103
9
Ustinad (Czech Rep)
Univerzita Jana Evangelisty Purkyne V Ústí Nad Labem
102
10
Oradea (Romania)
Universitatea din Oradea
100
11
Badajoz (Spain)
Universidad de Extremadura
90
12
Bucures (Romania)
Universitatea "Politehnica" din Bucuresti (Upb)
86
13
Warszaw (Poland)
Uniwersytet Warszawski
86
14
Vilnius (Lithuania)
Vilniaus Gedimino Technikos Universitetas (Vgtu)
86
15
Praha (Czech Rep)
Ceska Zemedelska Univerzita V Praze
83
16
Sevilla (Spain)
Universidad de Sevilla
82
17
Salamanca (Spain)
Universidad de Salamanca
81
18
Gent (Belgium)
Universiteit Gent
80
19
Kortrij (Belgium)
Katholieke Hogeschool Zuid-West-Vlaanderen
79
20
Brno (Czech Rep)
Masarykova Univerzita V Brne
78








 
Host Institution
Institution Name
Incoming
1
Praha (Czech Rep)
Univerzita Karlova V Praze
160
2
Bologna (Italy)
Università di Bologna
143
3
Thessaloniki (Greece)
Aristoteleio Panepistimio Thessalonikis
130
4
Granada (Spain)
Universidad de Granada
128
5
Roma (Italy)
Università degli Studi di Roma 'La Sapienza'
114
6
Firenze (Italy)
Università degli Studi di Firenze
111
7
Valencia (Spain)
Universidad Politécnica de Valencia
108
8
Coimbra (Portugal)
Universidade de Coimbra
101
9
Helsinki (Finland)
Helsingin Yliopisto
100
10
Ljubljana (Slovenia)
Univerza V Ljubljani
99
11
Clujnapoca (Romania)
Universitatea "Babes-Bolyai" din Cluj-Napoca
99
12
Berlin (Germany)
Humboldt-Universität Zu Berlin
92
13
Gent (Belgium)
Universiteit Gent
90
14
Budapest (Hungary)
Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem
90
15
Madrid (Spain)
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
86
16
Barcelona (Spain)
Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona
81
17
Padova (Italy)
Universita' degli Studi di Padova
79
18
Valladolid (Spain)
Universidad de Valladolid
79
19
Wien (Austria)
Universität Wien
76
20
Brno (Czech Rep)
Masarykova Univerzita V Brne
76


More information, including the studies mentioned in this document : ERASMUS @ 20 WEBPAGE

http://ec.europa.eu/education/erasmus20_en.html
MEMO/06/466


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