Similar students and different countries? An analysis of the barriers and drivers for ERASMUS participation in seven countries

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

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Abstract

Increasing participation in the Erasmus study abroad program in Europe is a clear policy goal, and student-reported barriers and drivers are regularly monitored. This article uses student survey data from seven countries to examine the extent to which student-level barriers can explain the considerable cross-country variation in Erasmus participation rates. We observe remarkable similarities between countries with respect to how barriers cluster for students and what barriers characterize non-participants compared with participants. The study confirms that home ties and lack of interest are most robust predictors for non-participation. Data on student-level barriers and motivations, however, give surprisingly little information to explain why students in some countries are considerably more active participants. For further understanding, we need to study more how national and institutional policies and context influence students’ decision making and help them overcome perceived barriers to mobility.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)184-204
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Studies in International Education
Volume20
Issue number2
Early online date24 Jul 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2016

Keywords

  • International student mobility
  • higher education
  • Erasmus
  • European Union

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