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The importance of generosity of national student financial support systems for European student mobility

Bröckl, Carmen C. (2012) The importance of generosity of national student financial support systems for European student mobility.

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Abstract:In this bachelor thesis the relationship between national student financial support system generosity and student mobility in the context of the Erasmus program has been examined. The theoretical framework gives insight in how student choice theory can be applied to a student`s decision whether to participate in an Erasmus stay, as well as the potential role of the different models of student support present in Western Europe in this decision. By using a cross-sectional research design six of the 33 European countries taking part in the Erasmus program have been evaluated with regard to two hypotheses. The first hypothesis states that the majority of outgoing students chooses host countries in which they can cover the living costs with the financial support received by their home country. Afterwards the second hypothesis then states that the higher the number of countries is in which students can cover the living costs (this means the more generous a national financial support system is) and therefore, they can choose from, the higher the overall student mobility rate of each country is. Generally, it can be concluded after the analysis of both hypotheses that the impact of na-tional student financial support system generosity on European student mobility is not as strong as expected. The findings of the research lead to the conclusion that increased em-phasize has to be laid on the correlations of various influencing factors within the single countries to be better able to understand the importance of national student financial sup-port system generosity on European student mobility.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:European Studies BSc (56627)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/62004
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