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The Erasmus program and European identity : does studying abroad foster a feeling of European identity?

Bergmann, Lisa (2015) The Erasmus program and European identity : does studying abroad foster a feeling of European identity?

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Abstract:The Erasmus-program is a mobility tool financed by the European Commission for (predominantly) University students. Its aim is not only to strengthen international collaboration in tertiary education but also to help students experience the European Union and develop a feeling of European identity. This paper intents to explore whether such a feeling is generated through the Erasmus program in particular but also through long-term mobility in general. Furthermore, it checks upon identity build-up with regards to travelling and international friendships and relationships. This is done by making use of a cross-sectional survey with about 480 participants. The study’s results show that the level of European identity is relatively high among the sample (young university students) compared to the general population. However, it is not higher among those who have been abroad, be it via an Erasmus stay or another program. Instead, the outcome suggests international relationships, international friendships and frequent travels to have a small effect on the level of European identity.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:02 science and culture in general, 10 humanities in general, 70 social sciences in general, 71 sociology, 88 social and public administration, 89 political science
Programme:European Public Administration BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/67972
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