As of next year the Erasmus scheme is changing. Rebranded as “Erasmus+” it will offer students the chance to improve their employability. Over seven years a massive 1.47 billion euros is expected to be pumped into the international exchange scheme. As MPs bicker in Whitehall over Britain’s relationship with Europe, this latest development appears to strengthen the UK’s connection with the EU via greater employment opportunities.
One of the biggest features of the new scheme is its desire to bring the various European exchange programmes under one uniform programme. The European Commission boasts opportunities for over four million European citizens under the new scheme, in Education, Training, Youth and Sport.
The updated scheme lends itself to the growing view that, the UK’s burgeoning number of young graduates will have to look further afield towards Europe for greater career opportunities; and perhaps become part of the new generation of ‘global citizens’.
Three Reasons to Study Abroad:
1) Career Boost – Whether it be via learning a new language, gaining work experience or demonstrating that you can thrive under pressure, studying abroad shows employers that you have a level of independence.
2) Travel – Europe is well connected via fast train, flight and bus, which makes travelling and seeing awesome new sights easy and cost effective.
3) Meet new people – Being able to establish a social network in a foreign place is a major confidence boost. It’s also a great opportunity to meet other people from across the globe, and their sofas may come in handy if you plan to travel later on!
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