Tuesday marks 30 years since the Erasmus programme was created to support European Union students who want to learn elsewhere in the bloc. Around nine million people have gained from the foreign exchanges.
To mark the anniversary the European Commission has launched a new Erasmus+ mobile app. It is designed for students, vocational learners and people on youth exchanges.
The app enables participants to track their progress through all the administrative steps before, during and after their stay abroad. Students will be able to agree to and sign their study agreements online with both the sending and receiving universities.
It allows students to share and vote on tips about how to integrate into the local community. Language skills can be improved via a direct link to the Erasmus+ Online Linguistic Support platform.
The first version of the app is available for both iOS and Android.
Erasmus+ was launched in 2014 and
integrates all the initiatives in the fields of education, training, youth and sport in a single EU framework.
A total of 33 European countries currently participate in the programme -- all 28 EU member states plus Turkey, Macedonia, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein -- and more than two million people have taken part in the past three years.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Parliament President Antonio Tajani were at the celebrations at the EU Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday.
"Every euro that we invest in Erasmus+ is an investment in
the future," Juncker said. "I
cannot imagine anything more worthy of our investment than these
leaders of tomorrow."
(Heledd Pritchard, firstname.lastname@example.org, +352 49 93 459)