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Getting to the point: what makes students decide to take part in Erasmus exchanges? Dr Hazel Crichton Dr Beth Dickson School of Education.

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1 Getting to the point: what makes students decide to take part in Erasmus exchanges? Dr Hazel Crichton Dr Beth Dickson School of Education

2 Benefits of studying abroad Advantages for learning and future opportunities (Messer & Wolter, 2007) Positive personal characteristics (Hansel & Grove, 1986) Greater intercultural understanding and appreciation (Kneale, 2008) Wider appreciation of careers opportunities abroad (Parey & Waldinger, 2007)

3 Approximately 40 % of Glasgow students live at home Approximately 88% of BEd students live at home

4 Possible deterrents to going abroad Restricted aspirations Weak foreign language skills Money concerns Part-time jobs Concern about possible effects on grades

5 Changes in Education students taking up Erasmus

6 What has the School of Education done to encourage students to study abroad? Regular contact with year 2 students Information sessions and follow-up meetings with inputs from previous Erasmus home students Courses in English in the host universities Importance of going with a pal Short term exchanges – 3 months Professional links – building relationships with partner coordinators

7 What prompts students to take the plunge? Interaction with visiting Erasmus students Contact with previous Erasmus home students A desire to widen horizons in a secure environment The recognised need to offer a varied CV in future Recognition of professional benefits

8 Future plans Expand the number of Erasmus partners using strict criteria Involve previous Erasmus students more in publicising opportunities Involve present students more in helping foreign Erasmus students to integrate Involve students in events with visiting Erasmus students


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