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Spain remains destination of choice for Erasmus+ students

Saturday 2 December 2017

The Erasmus+ 2016 report confirms the key role played by the programme in the construction of a more united Europe as regards shared European values. Spain remains the destination country of choice for European students in all education sectors (school education, vocational training, higher education and adult education) with 73,803 students, followed by the United Kingdom (63,274) and Germany (54,929), which shows the attraction of our country for participants of the most successful mobility programme in the world, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

As regards higher education, Spain has held the leading position each year since 2001 at a European level. In this regard, Spain continues to be the country to receive the most Erasmus students of any European country, ahead of Germany (34,922), the United Kingdom (31,363), France (30,145) and Italy (23,924). In the 2015/16 academic year, 45,813 students chose our country to carry out their studies or internships.

As regards the 10 preferred universities chosen by Erasmus+ students throughout Europe, half of those that send and receive the most students are Spanish, with Universidad de Granada heading up the ranking, followed by Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Universidad de Valencia and Universidad Politécnica de Valencia.

As regards participants in the higher education segment sent from Spain, this amounted to 45,826 in the academic year 2015/16, an increase of 3,918 in the number of students and personnel on the previous academic year. This has been the edition of the programme in which the most Spanish higher education students have taken part to carry out their studies or overseas internships, which shows the ever increasing interest of students in using mobility as a tool to better prepare themselves for the job market.

Spain, 30 successful years of Erasmus+

Spain has gone from sending 95 students in 1987 to close on 71,000 students, according to figures from the Erasmus+ 2016 report drafted by the European Commission.

In these 30 years of the programme, it is estimated that Spain has facilitated the mobility of:

  • 625,300 higher education students, in second place behind Germany.
  • 73,100 vocational training students. 
  • 114,400 teaching staff and other participants.

Taking into account all of the actions financed under the Erasmus+ programme, most of which have been administered in Spain by the Spanish Service for the Internationalisation of Education (Spanish acronym: SEPIE), the number of participants in our country amounts to close on 1 million people between 1987 and 2017.

We should stress the importance for Spain of the Erasmus+ programme and of Spain for the Erasmus+ programme, since European programmes have significantly contributed to the modernisation of our education institutions, and have been key in their internationalisation process, very significantly fostering the improvement of the employability of our students, which allows them to develop their capabilities and skills, and helps enrich their European identity.

We should also highlight the efforts that Spain has made to co-finance this programme, a scheme praised by the European Commission, since it is one of the countries that most significantly co-finances the Erasmus+ programme, such that the contribution from Spain amounted to some 29 million euros in 2017, in addition to the European budget.

For 2018, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport will continue to co-finance the programme with 30 million euros for the mobility of higher education students within Europe and other countries around the world, within the framework of the so-called "international dimension" of the programme, with a special focus on Ibero-America. Hence, the total budget of the Erasmus+ programme for 2018 will amount to 202,401,943 euros, 13.5% higher than for 2017.

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