Barriers to international student mobility: evidence from the Erasmus program

Manuel Souto-Otero, Jeroen Huisman, Maarja Beerkens, Hans de Wit, Suncica Vujić

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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 nonparticipants. 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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70-77
Number of pages8
JournalEducational Researcher
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2013


  • Student mobility
  • Barriers
  • Survey
  • Non-participation


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