Widening participation in outward student mobility
Katherine Allinson, Policy Researcher at Universities UK International and Anders Ahlstrand, researcher at UHR, present a successful tool kit to widen participation in student mobility.
3. Widening Participation in UK Outward Student Mobility.
Katherine Allinson, Policy Researcher at Universities UK International
(Cooperates with HESA (UKÄ) and Office for Students (OfS))
Anders Ahlstrand, researcher at UHR.
Intercultural Competencies Module
Intercultural competency for employability (University of Warwick).
1. What might be the barriers to outward mobility for students from less-advantaged backgrounds?
- Take a whole institution approach
- Be student-led
- Offer short-term mobility opportunities
- Foster academic engagement
- Provide targeted funding
- Expand marketing activities
- Involve parents and guardians
- Include applications and interviews
- Start preparations early
- Establish a mobile student network
- Deliver expert support
- Offer language learning
- Deliver post-mobility activities
- Create an ambassador scheme
- Introduce a buddy scheme
Swedish examples of barriers:
- Problems with funding is the biggest barrier
- no tradition
- lack of support
- lack of parent support
- lack of self confidence
- It is a big step just to go to university – why bother to study abroad?
Comments after discussion among the participants:
Short term mobility is probably a good idea.
The credits are important – the goal is to become employed after the studies.