Since 2004, Turkey has participated in European Community programmes, an integrated set of actions designed to promote cooperation between the EU member states and candidate countries in various specific fields related to EU policies. Citizens, companies, non-governmental organisations, and the national administrations of member states and candidate countries can all participate in the extensive range of Community programmes. One of the programmes was the Erasmus Programme, part of the Lifelong Learning Programme, which operated from 2004 to 2013. In 2014, a new programme, Erasmus+, combined all the EU’s existing schemes for education, training, youth, and sport.
The project’s aims and core activities
Erasmus was the EU’s flagship education and training programme, enabling more than 180,000 students to study and work abroad each year, as well as supporting cooperation actions between higher education institutions across Europe.
It catered not only to students, but also to professors and business staff who wanted to teach abroad and university staff who wanted to be trained abroad.
Erasmus changed the lives of young people by positively impacting the path of their careers and their personal lives. From 2007 to 2013, almost €248 million was awarded in grants, which enabled over 106,000 individuals to participate in the programme.
Moreover, the programme also supported more than 46,000 students and staff from the EU to study or teach in Turkey. Germany was the biggest student sender country, followed by Poland, the Netherlands, and France. Germany was also the most popular destination for Turkish Erasmus students, followed by Poland, Italy, and Spain.