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Every year, 200,000 European students are "ERASMUS students".

They go abroad, they study, they meet up and they become more European.

The webdoc shows what life is like for Antoine, a French Erasmus student: one year in Spain, lessons at the university and parties with friends.

Un sportif doit vouloir gagner, mais savoir perdre.

    Erasmus, what is it?

    The European Union organises the Erasmus programme.
    1% of European students (200,000 per year) take part in Erasmus.
    They spend between 3 and 12 months (6 months on average) in a university or business in another country.
    They don't have to pay for their studies in the foreign university. The European Union gives a grant (250 euros per month on average).


    In 2012, 4,000 universities and graduate schools take part across 33 countries:

    • the 27 Member States: Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Romania, United Kingdom, Slovakia, Slovenia and Sweden

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    • and 6 other States: Croatia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey.

    Students' favourite destinations are Spain, then France, the UK, Germany and Italy.
    Bon, c'est pas très bien...
    This memo is part of the workshop
    Bon, c'est pas très bien...

    Did you know?

    The word Erasmus comes from which language?

    It is Latin
    : the Latin name for a Dutch humanist (i.e. from the Netherlands) who lived in the 16th century. In French, his name is Érasme.

    It is also an acronym in English for: European Region Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students. In French this means "Programme européen pour la mobilité des étudiants".

    Someone once said:

    "This experience has completely changed who I am and the way I see the world and Europe, my continent.

    An Erasmus student, quoted on the programme's official website

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