In 1987, Ireland sent 112 higher education students on its first Erasmus+ programme. Since that time the Erasmus+ programme has expanded to include student traineeships or placements, staff visits, joint projects and capacity building projects. Ireland’s outgoing numbers have increased steadily with a significant increase in internships and new destinations in Northern and Eastern Europe. To date over 60,000 students and staff from Ireland have participated in Erasmus+ mobility, while over 100,000 learners have come to study at Irish higher education institutions.
All Irish HEIs are involved in Erasmus+ programmes, for several years the University of Limerick and University College Dublin have been the leading sending institutions, followed by Trinity College Dublin NUI Galway.
IUA member universities are committed to increasing opportunities for their students to study or intern abroad and are actively engaged in programme development. Opportunities to study or intern abroad outside of the Erasmus + programme are also available. Please consult the international office directly for information on these opportunities: