Green Erasmus
Addressing the environmental
impact of students and
universities through Erasmus+

What is Green Erasmus?

The Green Erasmus project strives to improve the environmental sustainability of the Erasmus+ Programme and raise awareness across the European Higher Education sector about the importance of sustainable internationalisation. Green Erasmus will carry out a comprehensive analysis of the environmental impact of Erasmus+ mobilities and develop an educational tool on sustainable internationalisation.

The Green Erasmus Project is coordinated by a consortium consisting of Erasmus Student Network (ESN), European University Foundation (EUF), European Students' Union (ESU), Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Technische Hochschule Köln (TH Köln), and Students Organising for Sustainability UK (SOS UK).

Who can benefit from the Green Erasmus Project?

The Green Erasmus Project is beneficial for Higher Education Institutions, local students and incoming Erasmus+ students, as well as any person taking part in a mobility project or exchange program. The project will have an impact on raising awareness towards sustainability both before/while travelling and when being in contact with the local communities. The European Higher Education sector and future generation of students will benefit from the awareness of sustainable internationalisation which this project aims at highlighting. Finally, the project’s goal is to create a greener future for everyone.


The objectives of this project are:

To decrease the negative impact of the Erasmus+ Programme on environmental sustainability;

To raise awareness across the European higher education sector about the importance of sustainable internationalisation;

To empower student organisations to be the agents of change, pushing for improvements on the topic of environmental sustainability.


Launch of the Green Erasmus petition and portal

29 June, 2022

The challenge of sustainable mobility: the launch of the Green Erasmus survey report

21 January, 2022

Sustainable travel, a priority in the new Erasmus+ programme

15 July, 2021

Habits during the exchange - Launch of the Green Erasmus survey

8 March, 2021

The background of the Green Erasmus project

10 October, 2020


See the latest research outputs of the Green Erasmus project!

Research Report

A research that compares over 10.000 students’ consumer behaviour, travel behaviour, and daily life habits while at home and during their mobility.

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Green Erasmus Portal

The Green Erasmus Portal provides students with tips and tricks to act sustainably before, during and after their Erasmus experience.

Check the output

Project Timeline

Take a look and learn more about the timeline of the Green Erasmus project. This project started in September 2020 and will be finalized in December 2022.

  • Sept. 2020 - Feb. 2022

    The Green Erasmus research with Erasmus+ students

    The travel habits of up to 10.000 students were analysed during their period abroad, including both their travels to their Erasmus+ destination and their travel behaviour during their mobility. The research will help publishing recommendations towards higher education institutions.

  • Jan. 2021 - July 2022

    Sustainable internationalization for universities

    EUF leads this IO which will focus on providing higher education staff with the necessary tools to support internationalisation within their universities in a sustainable way. A handbook based on desk research and surveys for sustainable internationalisation will be available.

  • Apr. 2021 - Dec. 2022

    Student oriented approach to sustainable internationalisation

    How can current students make their mobility experience more sustainable? The output will focus on creating interactive content on a portal that will allow students to learn specific content based on the challenges identified through the research output in IO1.

  • June 2021- Oct. 2022

    Educational framework for environmental sustainability in the classroom

    ESU will do desk research on the existing literature related to environmental sustainability and curricula design, which will be followed by several case studies that will be collected through interviewing university staff members responsible for including sustainability in their curricula.

  • May 2021 - June 2023

    Toolkit for environmental sustainable activities

    ESN will develop a toolkit and activity guidelines to implement local outreach activities to encourage intercultural dialogue between international students and locals on sustainability. Outreach events will focus on climate action, biodiversity, circular economy and zero waste actions.

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