The European Parliament’s Committee on Culture and Education yesterday approved the new Erasmus program 2021-2027 and proposed to triple its funds, increase the participation of young people and adapt financial aid to the needs of the participants. The final approval in full of these proposals will take place in Strasbourg from 25 to 28 March.
The Erasmus program, in its 2014-2020 version, has a budget of 14,700 million euros. Since its inception in 1987, more than nine million students have used the exchange program.
With regard to Spain, between 1987 and 2017, 965,500 Spaniards benefited from the Erasmus program, the majority of them (625,300) higher students and the rest related to the other areas of training, education, youth and sport. In the part corresponding to the university students, Germany figures at the top, with 651,000, and Spain is the second, ahead of France, Italy and the United Kingdom. In addition, Spain is the country that receives the most Erasmus students from all over Europe, uninterruptedly, since 2001. Likewise, among the top 20 receiving universities in Europe, 10 are Spanish.