Erasmus+ HE Impact Study

December, 2016 to December, 2018
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Between 2014 and 2018, two million students and staff in higher education undertook a learning, training or teaching period abroad with the new Erasmus+ programme. The objective of the study was to assess the impact of Erasmus+ mobilities on staff, students and higher education institutions. It was based on almost 77,000 survey responses from these groups.

The impact study found that students who complete an Erasmus+ mobility for studying or training boost their employability skills, with a large majority (72%) saying it had been beneficial or highly beneficial in finding their first job. Their mobilities increased their technical, inter-personal and inter-cultural skills and competences, as well as their self-confidence, ability to achieve goals, and social and cultural opennes.

40% of participants who wen on a traineeship were offered jobs with the companies / organisations in which they did their traineeship, and around 10% started their own company, with many more (75%) planning to do so in the future. Erasmus+ participants often change their study plans as a result of their mobility period and they have a clearer idea of what they want to do in their future careers after their period abroad.