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The 11th edition of the ESNsurvey is here! For those not familiar with it, it is the biggest Europe-wide research project conducted solely by volunteers. The Erasmus Student Network uses the results to advocate for improvements to exchange programmes in Europe. As every year, we hope that thousands of students all around Europe will fill in the survey and tell us their experiences and perceptions related to student mobility. This year we decided to focus on two major target groups:

  • homecoming study exchange students;
  • students with no mobility experience.

Both groups take part in the process of internationalisation of higher education; a process that we, as ESN, want to understand as much as we can. We want to find out which conditions and interventions at universities contribute to a friendlier atmosphere on campus and how a university can improve the intercultural relations between local and international students. We set this year’s topic to be:


I. Homecoming study exchange students will be asked about:

  • Host university services
    Are services essential for international students (such as an Orientation Week, Buddy Programme, etc.) available at host universities?
  • Academic and coursework activities
    Are study programmes adapted to a multicultural university environment?
  • Campus discrimination and academic support
    Are international students treated fairly and equally during their studies abroad?
  • Social activities
    Are free time voluntary activities available and do internationals attend them?
  • Friendships
    How many friends do international students have?
  • Fulfilling plans
    Are the objectives that students set before going abroad fulfilled?
  • Re-integration
    How do home-universities work with returned study abroad students?

More than just trying to see into these sub-topics, we will aim to explore the relationships between each of them and to understand their importance in the process of international student adjustment. Additionally, by gathering information about demographics and the study abroad context, we want to discover the effects of variables such as nationality, country of study abroad, length of study abroad, finances, accommodation, etc.

II. Students with no mobility experience will be asked about:

  • Home university characteristics
    Are students offered to participate in services for international students?
  • Academic and coursework activities
    Are study programmes adapted to a multicultural university environment?
  • Social activities
    Are free time voluntary activities with international students available for and attended by locals?
  • Friendships
    How many international friends do local students have?
  • Multicultural attitudes
    What are the attitudes toward foreigners and opinions about a multicultural society?

The local environment is gradually recognised as having an increasingly important role in influencing the experiences of international students. Therefore, it is included in the study to represent the local point of view.

Apart from studying the individual issues and understanding the links between them, the two groups will be compared and the overall concept of internationalisation at home will be explored.

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