During the last year, the pandemic and the international health emergency nearly stopped the Erasmus+ programme.
In April 2020, the European Commission launched a survey to National Agencies, in which it turned out that among the 107.000 participants in the Erasmus+ programme, 45.000 students have continued the programme online, 23.500 students have suspended the programme and about 38.500 students have completely cancelled it.
In general, 80.000 students returned to their country and 27.000 remained abroad.
But the pandemic does not stop the desire for Erasmus+. Students, teachers and high-education staff are ready to leave as soon as possible. On the one hand, many of them are still waiting for the approval, but on the other hand, some were able to go abroad. In fact, several students and teachers have decided to leave for this new life-changing experience. However, those who choose to do it now are aware that their adventure may be influenced by restrictions and difficulties.
This is the case of Riccardo, a 24-year-old Italian student, who decided to take off for Rennes (France) last August.
He said: “The epidemiological situation in France is both very delicate and complex. France is currently [at the time of interview, ed.] in national confinement, and this is why the choice to leave was difficult. Nevertheless, I was very excited. I knew that I could still live the Erasmus experience despite the Covid-19 emergency situation. I just thought: ‘This opportunity only knocks once. Grab it or you’ll lose it’. And so I did.”