“Changing lives, opening minds”

International mobility is one of EU main commitments, being part of a larger strategy aimed to reduce unemployment especially among young generations by training and enabling them to develop new skills and competences. The Erasmus Programme stands to be a success-story in this field. From its very beginning in 1987 almost 3 million of students had the opportunity to spend a placement or studying period abroad, allowing them to increase their awareness of their own capabilities by providing them new precious tools to employ in their future careers and everyday lives.

The tools that exchanges enable to improve are for example the knowledge of foreign languages and skills such as adaptability which improve students’ job prospects. These opportunities also provide teachers and other staff a direct expertise of higher education operation modes in other countries and enable them to bring the best ideas back home. Furthermore the exposition to  different perspectives and cultures helps students to understand unfamiliar contexts and  to become more self-confident, independent and culturally aware.

Employability, experience, commercial credibility, the chance to build professional networks and to become accustomed  with new working habits and acquire valuable life skills. These are only some of the skills that a placement abroad gives the opportunity to develop. Temporarily working in a company or studying abroad means also gaining a better understanding of many different economies.

A particular mention has to be spent in order to point out how the Bologna Process has played a key role in harmonizing university degrees and postgraduate studies at EU level – a fundamental change that has hugely facilitated student exchanges and the universally recognised assessment of students’ grades and results. Thanks to its placement activities, international projects and studies, European Academy gives its contribution to employment policy by opening up a wide range of opportunity for students, graduates and unemployed.

A work placement abroad is demanding and challenging, it is a complete learning experience. You will not just learn about the business world but you will also learn more about yourself. You will improve a lot in every field: in terms of self-confidence, as well as enhance organizational and personal skills. You will also find out which are the your business areas of interest at a very early stage of your career, which is vitally important when it comes to applying for jobs when you finish your studies and you start to face the employment world.