Magazine article European Social Policy

Education : New Figures Reveal Limited Nature of Student Mobility in Europe

Magazine article European Social Policy

Education : New Figures Reveal Limited Nature of Student Mobility in Europe

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The number of university students choosing to study in another European country remains quite limited, according to a new report, despite efforts made by policy-makers to encourage mobility.

The report, which analyses trends across 31 European countries, reveals that the percentage of higher education students choosing to study abroad was only 2% in 2004. Spanish, Polish and British students have the worst record. Only 0.6% of British higher education students were studying in another European country in 2004. The figure was 1.2% for Poland and Spain. The highest performers were Cyprus (54.8%), Liechtenstein (34.5%) and Iceland (15.5%). According to the report, this is explained by the less developed educational opportunities available in these countries.

The figures also show which states are most affected by this mobility. Leading the field here is Austria, where 12.5% of students enrolled in higher education come from another European country. It is followed by Belgium (on 7.1%), Germany (5.7%), and the United Kingdom (5.1%). Another trend is that doctoral students are clearly more mobile than those at bachelor or master level.

Another area examined in the report is the financial cost to students of higher education. The figures show that 16 out of the 31 countries covered by the study (EU27 + Turkey, Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein) require students at bachelor and/or master level to make a contribution towards their tuition costs. …

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