Erasmus funding increases, but questions remain on value of study abroad programs

May 6, 2014

The European Union’s Erasmus+ mobility scheme will offer 4 million people the chance to study, train, and work in a new country by 2020, including 250,000 UK students. At last week’s London launch of the program, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth Androulla Vassiliou said that the program will help balance inbound and outbound Erasmus students; for some time, twice as many students had been going to the UK than were coming out. The program has a revised budget of close to $21 billion over the next 7 years; the UK will receive close to $169 million of that between now and 2020. Included in the funding are provisions for education and training at all levels, including foreign language training.  Meanwhile, a new report released at the British Council’s Going Global conference suggests that while cross-border student mobility continues to increase, few institutions are effectively measuring the results of international scholarship schemes. The report also found that governments are not adequately providing support to students when they return home from study abroad programs. University World News (Erasmus) | University World News (Scholarship)