The Erasmus Programme
Erasmus is the EU's flagship education and training programme and it provides opportunities for students and staff at third level institutions to study and teach abroad.
Around 90 per cent of European universities take part and 1.9 million students have participated in the programme since it started back in 1987.
More than 180,000 Europeans study and work abroad each year through Erasmus and the programme supports co-operation between higher education institutions across Europe.
Erasmus can also help university staff, including lecturers and professors, to teach or be trained abroad.
The main aims of the programme are to create a European Higher Education Area in which academic qualifications will be comparable and to foster innovation through education throughout Europe.
Like Comenius, Erasmus stretches beyond the EU’s borders with a total of 31 countries involved in the programme.
The programme is expanding and has a target of three million Erasmus students by 2012.
Erasmus is open to applications from Irish students who are enrolled in at least the second year of their college, university or third level institute but placements may be authorised from the first year.
Students selected for the programme by their college or university may be awarded a grant towards the cost of living abroad and travelling.
To find out more about Erasmus click here or contact the Higher Education Authority (HEA), the Irish contact point for the Erasmus programme.