Participating in an Erasmus mobility program can really change your life. The recent Erasmus Impact Study Regional Analysis shows this with regards to: employability, skills, career security, private life, and mobility at the European level.
The sample for the study comprised 71,368 individual responses to online surveys launched in 2013. It included students (mobile with and without Erasmus experience and non-mobile), alumni (mobile with and without Erasmus experience), staff (academic and non-academic, mobile and non-mobile), higher education institutions and employers. The study results were grouped into four regions of Europe: Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western, showing similarities and differences within the participants of these regions.
Regarding the impact of mobility on working life and careers, the results revealed that former Erasmus students are unlikely to experience long-term unemployment compared to those that did not go abroad. Moreover, work placements seem to have a particularly direct positive impact on finding a job, with one in three Erasmus students on average offered a position by their host company. Five to ten years after graduation, significantly more Erasmus alumni (64%) than non-mobile alumni (55%) hold a management position. Participating in Erasmus programs does not only secure better career options, but it fosters entrepreneurial spirit also.
Mobility fosters the sense of global community. Erasmus students as well as alumni feel significantly more related to Europe than non-mobiles, and in all regions, more than 80% feel that their European attitude has been strengthened by going abroad. The Erasmus experience also leads to an intercultural private life. 32% of former Erasmus students have a life partner of a different nationality than their own, nearly three times more than those who never studied or trained abroad (13%).
These are only some of the benefits of Erasmus mobility. For more detailed results please refer to the Erasmus report. Additionally, here you can find many interesting reports of LBS students who participated in Erasmus+ mobility, as well as reports from the LBS lecturers and staff.
For more information on how to get involved please contact our International Office at [email protected].