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EU programme for education, training, youth and sport

It all starts here: 35 years of Erasmus+

2022 marked the 35th year of existence of Erasmus+, the EU's flagship programme for education, training, youth and sport. See its evolution and what happened in 2022.

Learn about the closing event


Video series: Erasmus or Erasmus+?

For the 35th anniversary of Erasmus+, we gathered some of the participants and founding members to answer questions on the flagship programme of the European Commission.

The result is 15 videos by guests from the heart of the programme.

See the whole video series

Your community, your stories

The Erasmus+ app

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Commemorative coin

A special commemorative coin has been released to celebrate 35 years of Erasmus+. Over 72,000 people voted to decided the winner, which was designed by Joaquin Jimenez, a designer at the Monnaie de Paris.

Keep an eye out for one of the 37 million coins being issued, adding to more than 142 billion euro coins already in circulation across the euro area.

© European Union, 2022.

Erasmus+ in numbers

In 2020 Erasmus+ supported almost 640,000 people in their studies, traineeships or voluntary work abroad. It funded around 126,900 organisations and some 20,400 projects.

Explore interactive and downloadable factsheets on Erasmus+ impact  

Recent highlighted figures

  • 137 partner countries worldwide in 2019
  • 83,000 youth exchanges in 2019
  • €70.1 million dedicated for sports in 2020

Stand-out projects from recent years

Erasmus+ aims to help generations of Europeans become active citizens. It offers the skills, knowledge and experience to tackle the challenges facing our society, both now and in the years to come. Some of the projects below are highlights of how the programme changes lives and opens minds.

Stand-out Erasmus+ projects

Bring migrant experiences home

In 2019, participants of the Right2Move project role-played to simulate how it felt to be a migrant for a day. As part of the 9-month project, they documented the experience and held an event in the Croatian city of Osijek to discuss migration.

Entering Parliament in 10th grade

150 students from the 10th grade from 16 German Federal states had the chance to join the Model European Parliament through the "Jugend-Upgrade für Europa" project. Many said it was the first time their political opinion was heard and taken seriously.

Making friends through play

The Toy for Inclusion project established play groups for vulnerable communities and their young children to support early childhood care and build community bridges. These "play hubs" run in 8 countries, helpiing children to develop skills and knowledge for formal education.