In 2018, the Erasmus+ budget reached a new record high with a total of 2,8 billion EUR (10% increase compared to the previous year), according to the annual report of the European Commission. Erasmus+ supported 95 000 organisations and 23 500 projects in 2018. In total, more than 850 000 students, trainees, teachers and and youth leaders benefited from the EU programme.

According to the report, Germany’s results in 2018 are as follows:

  • 110 120 participants benefited from the Erasmus+ programme in 2018;
  • In total, 2 060 German projects were supported;
  • Germany received a total of 196.98 million EUR in grants.
Erasmus+ Outgoing Erasmus+ Incoming
Total 42.398 34.539
Students 33.531 23.524
Internships 8.867 11.015
Higher Education Staff  7.578 6.812

The higher education institutions that sent the highest numbers of German students abroad in 2018 were:

  1. Technical University Munich
  2. Ludwigs-Maximilians-University Munich
  3. Humboldt University Berlin

The most popular host countries in 2018 were:

  1. Spain
  2. France
  3. United Kingdom

The new EU Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel, praised Erasmus+ as a programme that brings people together and gives a sense of belonging and solidarity among people across the continent. Erasmus+ also improved participants’ qualifications and job prospects. According to Themis Christophidou, Director General for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Erasmus+ became a key instrument for realising the European Education Area by 2025. Additionally, the programme supports the  European Universities Initiative, through which higher education institutions could already form 17 alliances across Europe.

By increasing the Erasmus+-budget for 2021-2027 to at least 30 billion EUR, the programme will continue to support many young people in their mobility abroad. Furthermore, a cooperation with the European Solidarity Corps, so-called “co-creation”, is planned for the future. More information on the project can be found here.