Switzerland has been allowed back into the EU's Horizon 2020 research programme, opening up negotiations for the country's direct participation in Erasmus+. However, negotiations may be delayed for a year or more.
In a large-scale survey of how friendly universities are, Erasmus students said they struggle to make friends with locals while on exchange, negatively affecting their overall experience. However, the study also shows that most students learned more than they expected about the local culture.
The new Erasmus+ programme has paid out €918m in grants for studying, training or volunteering abroad in 2014, the European Commission has said, funding work and study abroad for more than 500,000 students and 150,000 staff across Europe.