The Erasmus exchange programme has given 200,000 young Brits the chance to study or train abroad since it was first set up in 1987, with, with tuition and most living costs paid for by the EU. Thousands more are set to benefit under the new Erasmus+ scheme, which has been expanded to include vocational training. I've been urging local apprentices and students across the UK to take advantage of this incredible opportunity (Read more).
Going on a work placement overseas helps young people develop vital skills and stand out to future employers. But this experience is about more than just studying. Research has found a quarter of those going on Erasmus find their long-term partner while they're away, with the exchange programme now thought to be responsible for around one million babies. This is what being in the EU is all about, enriching people's lives, expanding their horizons and bringing them together from across our diverse continent.