12 people, 12 life-changing Erasmus stories

Erasmus is… learning to ride a bike, music, making a new home for yourself, making friends and so much more… as these stories tell us.

Everyone’s Erasmus looks different: each of these images has a story behind them. © European Commission

Some memories can be a bit blurry, a bit old, but precious nonetheless.

We asked you to share your Erasmus experiences with us some time ago. Many of you responded and shared stories of fun, friendship, warmth, travels, and of all the new experiences and opportunities that helped you later in life.

Together, let’s journey back in time and look at some of your recollections from the past.

1. One of the first batches of students

Personal archive of Michelle Romero, 1988 © European Commission

— Michelle Romero, France (Higher Education, Spain, 1988)

2. New experiences, new people

Personal archive of Sabine Ward, 1990 © European Commission

“This photo was taken in the old campus building in December 1990 after an exam at the end of my first term in Oxford where I was with the Erasmus programme organised by my German university. It represents a number of things to me: meeting loads of new and different people the excitement of new experiences and the freedom to explore the world! Oh and exams which are somewhat important! I truly believe if I hadn’t done Erasmus I wouldn’t now be married to a Brit having two trilingual children.”

— Sabine Ward, Germany (Higher Education, United Kingdom, 1990)

3. From experiencing Erasmus to promoting it

Personal archive of Antonella Pasqualone, 1992 © European Commission

“This is such an old photo. Not a good one and not digital but of great significance to me. It was taken in 1992 during my Erasmus experience in Spain. The town was Gijón. It was the very first time that I travelled abroad. I wanted so much to go meet new people and to learn a new language! I was simply happy!!! And now? Still at University as a professor. And I’m still promoting Erasmus and other international experiences among my students!”

— Antonella Pasqualone, Italy (Adult Education, Spain, 1992)

3. Europe is music

Personal archive of Silvana Muratori, 1994 © European Commission

— Silvana Muratori, Italy (Youth, Italy, 1994)

4. Paella: From Spain to Belgium

Personal archive of Amparo Navarrete Ferrer, 1996 © European Commission

“The Leonardo Da Vinci program of professional training in hotel business. It was a fantastic experience that helped me to share from our stay in Dongelberg, knowledge about other places, habits and ways of preparing typical dishes. I have chosen this photo because I am Spanish and Valencian and you can see how I teach a Belgian girl to make a paella.”

— Amparo Navarrete Ferrer Spain (Vocational Education and Training, 10 Belgium, 1996)

5. Peace and Europe

Personal archive of Davide Livraghi, 1998 © European Commission

— Davide Livraghi, Italy (Youth, Italy, 1998)

6. Erasmus is finding a new home

Personal archive of Enrico Dal monte, 2001 © European Commission

“It was taken in 2001 the moment I got the keys of my house in Barcelona after seeing 30 houses… what a day!”

— Enrico Dal monte, Italy (Higher Education, Spain, 2001)

7. Back when Erasmus had a different name

Personal archive of Sintija B, 2005 © European Commission

— Sintija B. Latvia (Youth, Sweden, 2005)

8. Erasmus can change your life

Personal archive of Stefano Scagliarini, 2015 © European Commission

— Stefano Scagliarini, Italy (Youth, Portugal, 2015)

9. Gaining new perspectives

Personal archive of Boba M. Baluchova, 2009 © European Commission

— Boba M. Baluchova, Slovakia (Adult Education, Romania, 2009)

10. No war

Personal archive of Rosa Reboreda, 2003 © European Commission

— Rosa Reboreda, Spain (Higher Education, United Kingdom, 2003)

11. Erasmus is learning to ride a bike

Personal archive of Claudia Fontana, 2008 © European Commission

— Claudia Fontana, Italy (School Education, Netherlands, 2008)

12. Once an Erasmus, always Erasmus

Personal archive of Rebeca Giaietto, 2010 © European Commission

— Rebeca Giaietto, Italy (Higher Education, Germany, 2010)

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