Choosing the place to do your mobility requires time to research potential destinations. School attractiveness and employment can be selection criteria. If this is the case for you, the Student offers you a comparison between the 31 destinations offered by Erasmus+.
Going abroad can be both an expected experience, but also stressful, especially during the first days of acclimatization. Being surrounded by other like-minded foreign students can therefore be reassuring.
Luxembourg, the best Erasmus+ destination to meet foreign students
Head to Luxembourg to be sure to spend a cosmopolitan year since 48% of students enrolled in this country are foreign. Cyprus (24%), Austria (17%) and the Czech Republic (14%) also stand out for their strong presence of foreign students.
The Czech Republic is also an increasingly popular Erasmus+ destination. In 2018, 10,000 additional students were welcomed compared to 2009. An evolution three times greater than in France.
With 2% of foreign students in its workforce, Turkey is the country that welcomes the fewest foreign students. But it can be an advantage if you want to fully immerse yourself in Turkish culture.
Fluency in English: Nordic countries preferred
The Nordic countries do well for their English proficiency. The Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland stand out for their very good level in English. No wonder since these are cosmopolitan countries, where sometimes English is even one of the official languages.
On the other hand, if English is the only foreign language you speak, you may then find it more difficult to make yourself understood by the locals in Turkey, Italy, or even Spain.
But since it’s not just English that counts, other countries stand out for speaking several languages. This is the case of Luxembourg where 51.2% of the population speak at least three or more foreign languages.
The Nordic countries once again stand out. 44.9 and 43.7% of Finns and Norwegians speak three or more languages respectively. You will also find on the side of Slovenes (37.7%) and Slovaks (28%) inhabitants who speak at least three languages.
Countries featured in international university rankings
Turkish universities are the most present in international rankings. Indeed, the country has 67 universities in the QS, Shanghai and THE (Times Higher Education) rankings.
Germany and Italy also have around sixty classified establishments. A figure to be put into perspective by the size of these countries. It is also the small countries that have the fewest. For example, North Macedonia (0), Luxembourg (1) and Malta (1).
The best Erasmus+ countries to study
The countries where to settle to work after your Erasmus+
If the Erasmus+ adventure is going more than well, and the idea of settling in the country is on your mind: how are the nations of the Erasmus+ program doing in terms of employment?
Considering the employment rate among 15–29 year olds, Iceland stands out with 72.3% of its 15–29 year olds in employment. The Netherlands follow closely with 70%. Malta also has a high employment rate of 66%. This island is doing well thanks to tourism and the reception of many financial and e-gaming companies.
In terms of unemployment, some countries seem to be doing better than others. Germany and the Netherlands have fairly low unemployment rates among 15–24-year-olds – 7.4 and 9.1% respectively – but this is explained by the large number of precarious and partial contracts.
Other countries such as Italy, Spain or Greece have been strongly affected by the health crisis, since they are economically dependent on tourism.