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Erasmus – what do the statistics say?

A recently-published statistical report gives a comprehensive overview of mobility within the Erasmus Programme. The report includes a detailed analysis of student and staff mobility, Erasmus Intensive Language Courses (EILC) and Intensive Programmes  (IP) in the academic year 2007/08. Unsurprisingly the report highlights no shocking findings: unsurprinsingly, Spain, France and Germany are the most popular destination for Erasmus students, while the average stay abroad of an Erasmus student  is of 6 months.  In 2007/08 almost 183 000 students from around 2 500 higher education institutions participated in the programme. In addition, 32 000 academic and other staff were mobile to teach and get training in another European country in the same academic year.

In 2009 Erasmus also reached a total of 2 million mobile students, since its inception in 1987 (see ACA Newsletter – Education Europe, August 2009). Despite the festive athmoshpere, it seems less and less likely that the Erasmus hotly commented upon 3 million target will be reached by 2013. European Commission