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Palgrave Macmillan

Intra-European Student Mobility in International Higher Education Circuits

Europe on the Move

ISBN 9781137355430
Publication Date August 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Palgrave Studies in Global Higher Education

Intra-European Student Mobility in International Higher Education Circuits focuses on the phenomenon of international student exchanges in Europe. Strongly interdisciplinary in its focus, this book empirically addresses four main research questions: who goes abroad, how students reconstruct their social network abroad, whether intra-European student mobility leads to an increased sense of European identity, and whether participating in a European exchange programme influences future migratory behaviour. The text systematically combines quantitative and qualitative data, and adopts a firm international comparative approach, focusing on the cases of Austria, Belgium, Italy, Norway, Poland and the United Kingdom. The empirical data originates from a large-scale online survey, as well as in-depth interviews and focus groups conducted with students in higher education.

Christof Van Mol is Researcher at the Centre for Migration and Intercultural Studies, University of Antwerp, Belgium, and the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute, the Netherlands. His research project into intra-European student mobility was funded by the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO).

1. Introduction

2. Intra-European Student Mobility, Post-Industrial Society and European Integration

3. Who Goes Abroad?

4. The Reconstruction of a Social Network Abroad

5. Erasmus Students: Frenzied Euro-Enthusiasts?

6. The Nexus between Student Mobility and Future Migration Aspirations

7. Conclusion


"In providing a distinction between degree mobility (common in international student mobility) and credit mobility (common in European student mobility), Van Mol skilfully unpicks Erasmus students from the umbrella of the international cohort, giving them a distinct identity which has not necessarily been portrayed in other studies." - Children's Geographies
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