Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Barriers to International Student Mobility: Evidence From the Erasmus Program

an article by Manuel Souto-Otero, Jeroen Huisman and SunČica VujiĆ (University of Bath, UK), Maarja Beerkens (Leiden University, the Netherlands0 and Hans de Wit (Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands) published in Educational Researcher Volume 42 Number 2 (March 2013)


In this article, we look at the barriers to international student mobility, with particular reference to the European Erasmus program.

Much is known about factors that support or limit student mobility, but very few studies have made comparisons between participants and non-participants.

Making use of a large data set on Erasmus and non-Erasmus students in seven European countries, we look at the barriers for participation.

Results reveal the overall impact of financial barriers but suggest that it is personal barriers that help us to better differentiate between Erasmus and non-Erasmus students.

The analysis suggests a two-pronged approach to increase participation: one focusing on better information and communication and the other stressing the benefits of Erasmus mobility.

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