Event highlights pluses of Erasmus scheme

Edinburgh is leading celebrations to mark the 30th year of the European Union’s leading student and staff exchange programme.

An event at the Scottish Parliament will showcase the positive impact of the Erasmus+ programme on the Scottish higher education sector.   

Leading institution 

Edinburgh is the UK’s largest participant in Erasmus+ and the number one destination in Scotland for inbound Erasmus students. 

The University has participated in the Erasmus initiative since 1987 and has received approximately €18 million of funding from the programme. 

More than 7000 Edinburgh students and staff have studied, trained, volunteered or taught abroad. The University has more than 500 Erasmus exchange links with more than 300 European partners. 

International exchanges

Erasmus+ funds around 16,000 UK students to undertake study or work placements abroad. 

The initiative funds around 2,200 staff to train or work abroad and allows approximately 27,000 European students to attend UK institutions.  

The reception will emphasise cooperation between EU countries as a powerful instrument for sharing common European values and contributing to learning and development.

The future of the Erasmus+ programme will be discussed by students, staff, MSPs, representatives from the European Commission and European partner universities. 

The event will take place on Tuesday 24 October in the Garden Lobby at the Scottish Parliament. 

The event will celebrate and recognise the contribution the Erasmus programme has made to the Scottish higher education sector. It will underline Scottish universities’ continued commitment to providing international experiences to students and staff.

Over the past 30 years, more than nine million people around the world have benefited from Erasmus opportunities. 

The current €14.7 billion Erasmus+ programme was launched in January 2014 and combines the EU's schemes for education, training, youth and sport. 


Thirty years of Erasmus funding has provided valuable international experiences for thousands of students and staff, helping people pick up new perspectives, new languages and new directions. Our priority in the coming years is to maintain these research and exchange partnerships and underline Edinburgh’s international outlook and global impact.

Professor James Smith Vice Principal International, the University of Edinburgh


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