European CommissionThe European Union is expanding its Erasmus study-abroad programme in Latin America, giving thousands of students and academics an opportunity to exchange places for up to three years.

Latin America has always had slots in the programme, and over the past decade has sent more than 8 000 students and staff on exchanges with European academic institutions. The expansion means that Latin Americans will now be able to apply for all of the the 40 000 or more grants and scholarships available each year.

Launched in 1987, Erasmus began as a pan-Europe student-exchange programme. It has since expanded beyond the borders of Europe, and last year the EU agreed to increase its budget, setting aside EUR 14.7 billion for a new Erasmus+ programme for the period 2014-2020.

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