It's no wonder then that the European Parliament has been so keen to defend the Erasmus programme. It significantly boosts career prospects and improves engagement in the European project.
For 25 years, UK university students have had access to a scheme that offers life-changing opportunities. It can boost their employability, increase their knowledge, skills, and personal experience, and save them money - particularly welcome as tuition fees rise up to £9,000 a year. Yet despite all of this, relatively few sign up.
At the British Council, we have provided international opportunities for people in the UK for over 75 years - through education, the English language and the arts - and we passionately believe that the ability to work effectively with people from different cultures is critical in the 21st century.