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When one talks about Education policy initiated by the European Union, many will think about Erasmus. However, do you know that there are actually 3 programmes with the name Erasmus?

1. Erasmus Program
2. Erasmus Mundus
3. Erasmus +

Many may get confused with the 3 programs. For the upcoming 3 posts, I will talk about their difference.

1. Erasmus Program
It can be one of the most popular and influential education programs of the EU. I am sure that many Europeans have benefited from it.

Since 1987, Erasmus Program is an exchange program among universities in Europe (EU 28 member states + Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey). At that time, student exchange was not well-known like nowadays. Students enrolled in the Erasmus Program would go to study aboard for duration of a minimum of 3 months (or 1 academic term or trimester) to a maximum of 12 months. Scholarships will be also provided for some students under Erasmus Program.

It is an unforgettable experience for a young student to spend such a long time in another country.
Many find this program as the best way to facilitate youth exchange since one can find different European nationals in any European university.

What is it for Hong Kong student?
– If you are a F.6 graduate, please go to enroll as an undergraduate in a university first. It is not a bachelor program

– If you are enrolled in a HK university, I am sorry you cannot apply for it unless your school has signed “Erasmus Charter for Higher Education”. As far as I know, no school in HK has signed it (Please correct me if I am wrong). But don’t worry all local universities have signed numerous of inter-institutional agreements which enable you to go for an exchange program in Europe.

– If you are enrolled in a university in Europe, you can easily get the information in the international office or Erasmus+ office of your higher education institution…/opportun…/students/studying-abroad_en

And I highly recommend you to watch a film called L’auberge espagnole “Spanish Apartment”. The story line is based on a French student’s Erasmus life in Barcelona which is funny and real.