The Programme is named after the humanist and theologian Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam (1465-1536) whose travels for work and study took in the era’s great centres of learning, including Paris, Leuven and Cambridge. Like the man, the Erasmus programme places great importance on mobility and furthering career prospects through learning. By leaving his fortune to the University of Basel, he became a pioneer of the mobility grants which now bear his name.
Studies show that a period spent abroad not only enriches students' lives in the academic field but also in the acquisition of intercultural skills and self-reliance. Staff exchanges have similar beneficial effects, both for the people participating and for the home and host institutions.
Around 90% of European universities take part in Erasmus and 2 million students have participated since it started in 1987. The annual budget is in excess of €440million, more than 4,000 higher education institutions in 31 countries participate, and even more are waiting to join. Objectives and actions Erasmus has become a driver in the modernisation of higher education in Europe and inspired the establishment of the Bologna Process. The general aim of the Programme is to create a European Higher Education Area and foster innovation throughout Europe.
Erasmus became part of the EU's Lifelong Learning Programme in 2007 and expanded to cover new areas such as student placements in enterprises (transferred from the Leonardo da Vinci programme), university staff training and teaching for enterprise staff. The Programme seeks to expand its mobility actions even further in coming years.
Erasmus Programme at the Edutus College
The Edutus College hosts many undergraduate students from our European Union’s partnerinstitutions every year, especially from Portugal, Turkey, Italy, France and Germany. Students who choose our institution will find themselves in a beautiful city with lively cultural activities, and will also have the chance to follow courses that will enable them with sound knowledge in the field of business administration and tourism and hospitaliy.
Foreign students are welcome to select among a wide range of courses in each semester. Most courses worth 4 or 5 ECTS and are taught in a 2 x 90 minute session every week.