Erasmus, the exchange scheme which sees thousands of students travel across Europe every year, has broken a new record, the European Commission has announced.
The 2012/2013 academic year saw over a quarter of a million students from across Europe take part in the programme, with SNP MEP Alyn Smith encouraging even more Scots to take up the opportunity.
Commenting, Alyn said:
“The Erasmus exchange programme was of course established by former SNP MEP Winnie Ewing and since then it has gone from strength to strength; with over 3 million people completing an exchange since its beginnings.
“I was lucky enough to take part in the Erasmus programme when I studied in Heidelberg for a year. It was a fantastic experience and one I would encourage as many students to take up as possible.
“Last year the European Parliament increased funding for the programme, including the new Erasmus+ scheme which offers training opportunities too.
"Scotland's reputation as a centre for university education is serving us well in terms of encouraging students from abroad to come here to study. I hope more Scots will continue to take the opportunity to visit our neighbours to learn new skills and learn about other cultures, improve their job prospects and broaden their horizons – like many EU students choosing to come here.
“Of all the EU programmes, Erasmus adds the most value and it's fantastic to see it doing so well.”