A good education. Improved labour market outlook. The opportunity to learn about a new country and culture. These are a few reasons students choose to study abroad through the Erasmus Programme, according to a report from the Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR).

In the report "From Sweden with Erasmus+," Uppsala University was tasked by UHR to examine the incentives and exchange experiences of Swedish Erasmus students.

The study indicates that a large proportion of students are satisfied with their exchange – 93 per cent. Most satisfied were students with academic motives who studied abroad to get an excellent education, or who wished to improve their chances in the labour market.

Education in focus for economics and arts students

Students who participate in Erasmus+ for the content of the education are over-represented in certain courses. Chiefly, they study at a school of economics, take art and design courses, and to some extent political science and technical courses.

These students largely choose an exchange university based on its reputation and course offerings. They often study in the Nordic countries or – in particular with economics and political science students – at reputable universities in France.

Culture an important motivation for many

Many Erasmus students have cultural motives for exchange studies. They want to learn about a new country, a new culture and a new language. Students who complete exchanges in Spain, France and to some extent Germany and the United Kingdom do so largely for these reasons.

Facts: From Sweden with Erasmus+

The EU programme Erasmus+ provides students with the opportunity to study and complete traineeships in other countries, mainly in Europe. The report is based on data from a compulsory questionnaire administered to all Swedish students who participated in Erasmus+ in the years 2014 and 2015. In total, 6,000 answers from students were used for the study.

The study was conducted by researchers André Bryntesson, Mikael Börjesson and Ashley Haru at The Swedish Centre for Studies of the Internationalisation of Higher Education (SIHE) at Uppsala University, on behalf of UHR.