Skills & Careers

Study abroad


Living and studying in a foreign country is the best way to gain in-depth knowledge of another culture's customs, people, and language. In addition, living and studying or working in another country can develop important transnational competences that may be of interest to future employers.

Students who return from a programme of study abroad often see it as an experience which matured them personally and intellectually. They appreciate being exposed to new ways of thinking and living, which encourages personal development and self-reliance.

Study abroad can do more than encourage academic enrichment and personal development;it also can enhance employment prospects. Employers are increasingly seeking people who have experience of other countries, since they are likely to possess, apart from language skills, cross-cultural communication skills, an understanding of and familiarity with local customs and cultural contexts, flexibility, resilience, and the ability to adapt to new circumstances and deal constructively with different points of view.



The information under "Search for Learning Opportunities" comes from PLOTEUS, the Portal on Learning Opportunities Throughout Europe, that was set up by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Education and Culture. Selection and updating is provided by the Euroguidance network.

The integration of PLOTEUS Learning Opportunities into the EURES portal is in line with the conclusions of the Lisbon and Stockholm European Councils (March 2000 and March 2001), which called on the Commission and Member States to create a Europe-wide service providing information on jobs and learning opportunities.

The purpose of PLOTEUS, just like that of EURES, is to put into effect the right to freedom of movement for European citizens by providing the necessary information.

In addition to the Learning Opportunities that are available here in EURES, the PLOTEUS website contains information on national education and training systems, European exchange programmes and relevant contacts for further information.