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ERIC Number: EJ1096327
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-May
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1028-3153
Similar Students and Different Countries? An Analysis of the Barriers and Drivers for Erasmus Participation in Seven Countries
Beerkens, Maarja; Souto-Otero, Manuel; de Wit, Hans; Huisman, Jeroen
Journal of Studies in International Education, v20 n2 p184-204 May 2016
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.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Czech Republic; Finland; Germany; Poland; Spain; Sweden; United Kingdom
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