The Erasmus Program
The Erasmus program means European Community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students. Clearly, it is European Union student exchange program. The program was initiated in 1987 and the purpose was higher education. In 994, the Erasmus program was incorporated into the Socrates program along with a number of other programs. However, the Socrates program ended in 1999, and was replaced by Socrates II Program in 2000. This in turn got replaced by Lifelong Learning Program in 2007.
The Erasmus program was named after Desiderius Erasmus, who was a Dutch philosopher. He traveled to many places in Europe to expand his knowledge and get wisdom.
Details of Erasmus program
Erasmus students do an internship for a period of at least 3 months to an academic year in any another European country. The period spent abroad by the student for studies is t\recognized in his home country and university. As language still continues to be a barrier between different countries of Europe, the lectures in Erasmus program may be given in the native language of the students.
Erasmus program study fields include but are not limited to Architecture, Agriculture science, Business Studies, Teacher Training, urban and regional planning, Medical Sciences, Engineering, Natural Sciences, Management Sciences, Social Sciences, Geography and some more.
The experience of Erasmus program
The Erasmus Program for most students is the first experience of living and studying abroad. As the tuition is free, the course is immensely popular amongst European students. In fact, the program is soon to become an interesting subject for movies like French film L'Auberge espagnole.
Moreover, the program not only focuses on the understanding the host country but also develop a sense of belonging with the community there as well as mix up with students from different countries.
In a nutshell, the Erasmus experience is looked upon as a real life learning experience for all the student participating in the program.