The most popular Erasmus cities may surprise you if you were expecting to see a list mad eup of the likes of Paris, London, Rome etc.
Around a quarter of a million students take on this life-changing experience every year and you’d be hard pushed to find one that wouldn’t recommend it to others considering doing the same. It is an incredible opportunity to make international contacts, learn a new language and broaden your cultural understandings.
A recent survey carried out by Uniplaces (a leading global student accommodation site), whereby 26,000 Erasmus students from all over Europe shared their opinions and experiences, revealed the top cities to spend your Erasmus.
The most popular Erasmus cities
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5) Seville, Spain
It seems that the weather does have as much of an influence on Erasmusers as you might expect, but sunny Seville, one of the most southerly cities in Europe, comes in at number five. One of two Spanish cities to make the final list, the relatively low cost of living and a reputation for superb cuisine has obviously impressed Seville’s visitors!
The high number of Spanish language learners is also likely to have had an effect on Seville’s popularity with young Europeans. One of Europe´s tourism honeypots, it isn´t surprising to see why the city has made it onto our like of the most popular Erasmus cities.
4) Vilnius, Lithuania
Vilnius may not be one of the first cities that spring to mind when you plan your Erasmus, but according to last year’s travellers, maybe it should be. The Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Napoleon called the Lithuanian capital ‘the Jerusalem of the North’...I’m not sure why, but it sounds cool.
3) Lisbon, Portugal
The Portuguese Capital also boasts some of Europe’s best weather, surely one of the reasons it comes in at number three on our list of he most popular Erasmus cities. Its beautiful buildings and old town have no doubt won over the travelling students. The labyrinth othat makes up the Alfama neighbourhood reminds visitors of the city’s Visigothic roots, Arabic influence and maritime heritage.
2) Oulu, Finland
It seems that not all Erasmus students are sun-chasers. Finland may have much lower temperatures than some of the other destinations on the list but what it lacks in warmth, it makes up in beauty. This Finnish city of almost 200,000 people is renowned for its university and Air Guitar World Championships... Is there a correlation between this and the cities popularity among Erasmus students? Who knows.
1) Madrid, Spain
The second Spanish city to make it into the top 5 Erasmus destinations, and the place that 26,000 travelling students decided was the best for an Erasmus experience, is
At the top of the list of most popular Erasmus cities is the second Spanish city to make it into the top 5 Erasmus destinations, and the place that 26,000 travelling students decided was the best for an Erasmus experience. It's the capital Madrid. Congrats Madrid! T
he food, the sun, the history and of course the beautiful Spanish language has certainly had a positive impact on the Erasmus community! As one of Europe’s top business cities, there are countless opportunities for young internationals.
Whatever you reasons for doing an Erasmus you should think carefully about where will offer the most to you personally, because different places offer different things. Many people head to the UK to improve their English, but according to the survey most would rather be somewhere else!
It’s also worth checking out the cost of living, how easy it is to get back to your home country and the availability and quality of accommodation. Wherever you choose, make the most of it because believe me, it’ll be over before you know it!
Have you been to any of these cities? Drop your experiences in the comments below!
Jan 24, 2017 by Matt
In the last year I spent my time Erasmus+ in Sardegna, Sassari, Italy.
Was a nice time and a nice place. I mind not only Sassari, but the island in general. Will be nice to see in this top Sardegna. Who win a bursary Erasmus+, I recomand you to go in Sardegna to visit Grotta di Nettuno, Spiaggia la Pelosa, Porto Tores, Alghero, Castelsardo, ecc.
Where's Brussels?!posted 11 months ago by Mariona
I think Lisbon would be the perfect choice!posted 11 months ago by Anastasios
I spent my Erasmus in Spain and I would repeat it for sure!posted 11 months ago by Karolina
In the last year I spent my time Erasmus+ in SLovakia Zilina
Was a nice time and a nice place
In 2014 I spent my time in a Erasmus programme in Latviaposted 11 months ago by Ricardo Diogo
I think Seville would be the bestposted 11 months ago by moataz
I spent my erasmus in Leuven (Belgium) and I recommend it for many reasons:
- prestigious university
- very high level of education
- variety of faculties
- university city
- close to any city in Belgium, Nehterlands and France
I am already in vilnius , it's coolposted 11 months ago by Farah
I highly recommend Lisbon, there are excelente Universities with good environment among the students. The weather in Portugal is nice and the food is delicious. Certainly a good choice.posted 11 months ago by Carlos