IATE Term of the Week: Erasmus Programme


The Erasmus Programme is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. The student mobility programme began in 1987 with 11 countries and over 3,200 people participating, but has grown considerably since then. The aim of the programme was to offer students the chance to study or gain professional experience abroad. Since its inception, the programme has helped provide this opportunity to over 9 million people.  In honour of this significant anniversary, Erasmus Programme is our choice for the IATE Term of the Week.

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The name Erasmus Programme was given to the initiative when it was set up. It was named after Dutch philosopher, theologian and humanist Erasmus of Rotterdam, who lived and worked in several countries around Europe during his life. His passion for discovering new knowledge and finding new experiences in different countries, combined with the fact that he left his fortune to the University of Basel, are among the reasons he served as inspiration for future mobility grants. The name Erasmus is also an acronym for European Region Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students.

In 2014, the Erasmus+ (or Erasmus Plus) programme was launched as a way of integrating a number of similar initiatives under a single EU framework. Between 2014 and 2016, close to 2 million people had already participated in the Erasmus+ Programme.


You can check our entry for Erasmus Programme in IATE below:

IATE Erasmus Programme 1

IATE Erasmus Programme 2

You may also like to read about some other related Terms of the Week:

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See you next Friday for the next IATE Term of the week!


  • European Commission, Press Release Database, Available here [Accessed on 18/10/17]
  • European Commission, Education and Training, Available here [Accessed on 18/10/17]
  • European Comission, Erasmus+, Available here [Accessed on 18/10/17]

Written by Liam Kennedy – Schuman Trainee at the Terminology Coordination Unit of the European Parliament. Graduate of Journalism with a Language (French) at Dublin Institute of Technology. Currently completing a Masters in Translation Studies at University College Cork.