Student mobility is at the very heart of the European Erasmus+ Programme, with millions of students enjoying the possibility of studying abroad. The new generation of the programme is designed to be more inclusive in order to enable more students to benefit from an international experience. It is against this backdrop that the EUF, ESU and ESN have decided to address the issue of the value of the grants awarded. Since 2018, students have received an average of €336 / month, with certain differences from one host country to another (three categories depending on the host country’s level of wealth compared to the home country). Pointing to evidence from a range of studies and surveys, the three institutions are critical of the level of the grants awarded, which they feel continues to prevent too many students from envisaging an international mobility experience.
With its Swiss-European Mobility Programme SEMP, Switzerland also allows students to enjoy a mobility experience in Europe. The Swiss programme draws heavily on its European equivalent, Erasmus+. Totalling CHF 320 / month (equivalent to approx. €300 - 07.20) for students spending one or two semester in Europe (outgoing), the Swiss grant nevertheless falls below the European average.
The Erasmus500 proposal must now be examined by the European institutions and member states. It is possible to support the #Erasmus500 campaign via the social networks. More information on the Official Erasmus500 website.