Celebrating the Erasmus+ programme: 30 years enriching the lives of Europeans

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What started as a student mobility programme in 1987 has grown into something bigger and enriched the lives of more than 9 million direct participants, not to mention the indirect impact it has had on so many others. That is why in 2014 several programmes were combined into one: Erasmus+.

In 2017 we are celebrating the 30th anniversary of Erasmus, and on Thursday 26 January the celebrations were launched at the European level in Brussels. Throughout the year, there will be a number of events held all over Europe depicting the story of the last 30 years: celebrations, conferences, debates, dialogues, exhibitions and forums. More events will be organised at local level and the EU is looking for people’s own initiatives to celebrate European exchange. Share your event and keep yourself informed by subscribing to the newsletter.

Over the past 30 years, Erasmus+ and its preceding programmes have helped millions of people to improve their chances to learn a new language, develop fresh perspectives on their field of study, gain a clearer idea of European citizenship, find a job, or discover their passion for volunteering.

Currently the Erasmus+ Programme provides annual funding of €2.1 billion divided among education and training (82.9%), youth (10%), sport (1.8%) and other activities (5.3%). Discover different funding opportunities for schools such as learning mobility for school education staff and strategic partnerships in the field of education, training and youth.