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What is Erasmus?

Erasmus is the EU’s student exchange programme, which funds opportunities for citizens in the EU and partner countries to study abroad. It first began in 1987. The latest version of the programme, known as Erasmus+, also provides funding for staff training and work experience abroad, and opportunities for vocational training and adult education. Future UK participation is subject to negotiations with the EU, but a few non-EU countries including Norway and Turkey do participate. In 2018, 17,000 UK students and trainees went abroad while 32,000 arrived.

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