The ERASMUS programme was established in 1987 and although it was formally adopted only shortly before the beginning of the academic year 1987/8, it was still possible for 3,244 students to participate in Erasmus in its first year.
The ERASMUS Programme, together with a number of other independent programmes, was incorporated into the Socrates programme when that programme was established in 1995. The Socrates programme ended on 31 December 1999 and was replaced with the Socrates II programme on 24 January 2000. That, in turn, was replaced by the Lifelong Learning Programme 2007-2013 as from 1st January 2007.
In the past twenty years, well over one-and-a-half million students - 60% of ERASMUS being female - have benefited from ERASMUS grants. There are currently more than 2300 higher education institutions participating in ERASMUS across the 31 countries involved in the new Lifelong Learning programme.
The aim of the ERASMUS Programme is to encourage and support academic mobility of higher education students and teachers within the European Union, the European Economic Area countries of Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein as well as candidate countries (such as Turkey).
To participate in the ERASMUS programme students must be studying for a degree or diploma at a higher education institution and must have completed their first year. They also have to be a citizen of one of the eligible countries.
Students join the ERASMUS programme study for a period from 3 months to an academic year in another European country. The ERASMUS programme guarantees that the period spent abroad is recognised by their university when they come back as long as they abide by terms previously agreed.
The Erasmus Programme has a number of specific objectives:
The programme fosters not only learning and understanding of the host country, but also a sense of community among students from different countries. The ERASMUS experience is considered both a time for learning as well as a chance to socialize.
Some academics have speculated that former ERASMUS students will prove to be a powerful force in creating a pan-European identity; they will be the so-called 'ERASMUS generation'.
In 2004 the Erasmus Programme has been awarded with the ‚ÄúPr√≠ncipe de Asturias‚ÄĚ Prize for International Co-operation as recognition for being one of the most important cultural exchange programmes in the whole History of the world.
The University of Valladolid has actively taken part in the Erasmus Programme since its creation, becoming the first European university in teachers' mobility and one of the leading institutions in students' mobility.
Furthermore, it sends and receives a great number of students in the frame of other agreements signed with European and non-European universities.
Students from the University of Valladolid participating in the international programmes during the last ten years:
The destinations of our students in 2012/13 were as follows:
Likewise, our University received a similar number of foreign students:
The origin countries of the incoming students in 2012/2013 were: