SPAIN has been named the official Erasmus capital of Europe.
Ten of the 20 most solicited universities on the continent are based in the country, with Andalucia’s Universidad de Granada in first place.
A total of 2,329 foreign students studied there in 2015, ahead of the University of Bologna in Italy.
The Universitat de Valencia is the third most sought after centre, with Universidad Complutense de Madrid the fourth.
The Universitat Politecnica de Valencia is seventh and the Universitat de Barcelona in eleventh.
Andalucia’s Universidad de Malaga and the Universidad de Sevilla are also in the list, along with the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona and the Universidad de Salamanca, which is the third oldest continually running institution in the world.
Spain was also recently named as the place most Erasmus students have studied for the sixteenth year in a row.
“The success of the Erasmus programme in Spain is indisputable, not only within the university community but within all of society,” said Jorge Sáinz, secretary general of universities in Spain.
“The exchange contributes to the personal development of students and their employability as well as helping European society to grow.”]
The Erasmus program allows students to study for their course at another European institution for a minimum of three months.