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Understanding Student Mobility in Europe

An Interdisciplinary Approach, 1st Edition

By Joana Almeida


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Understanding Student Mobility in Europe interprets student mobility in European higher education through an active dialogue between disciplines, voices and variables of interest. Providing the conceptual, methodological, pedagogical and empirical foundations, this book advances readers’ understanding of the student exchange experience, whilst outlining guidelines and resources for approaching student mobility and considering how students can gain from cross-border education.

Intersecting voices from different disciplines and sojourners, including exchange students, international students and highly skilled immigrants, the book outlines practical guidelines for intercultural curriculum development and assessment, and provides insights, practical ideas, useful terminology and resources to maximise the learning gains of this student population. Split into three distinct parts, the book initially lays the foundational substructure in which an interdisciplinary approach is based. It then addresses questions of practical application by considering the experiences of 50 sojourners in Portugal and the UK through an interdisciplinary lens, and summarises the implications of interdisciplinarity with regards to student mobility in European tertiary-level education.

This book is essential reading for academics and postgraduate students interested in student mobility, education abroad practitioners, and policy-makers at institutional, national and international levels.


This book provides an excellent addition to the current international education literature in providing a robust European theoretical perspective on student mobility within European higher education.

Darla K. Deardorff, Association of International Education Administrators.

Joana Almeida has done a great service to research about study abroad in this book. She has combined an admirably comprehensive and systematic analysis of the field - and a characterisation of its evolution - with her own mixed-methods study of contrasting experiences of varied study groups. Her book provides both a handbook-like introduction and a revealing and challenging empirical study.

Mike Byram, Professor Emeritus, School of Education, University of Durham, UK.

Student mobility is on the rise both in Europe and around the world and currently plays a major role in contemporary higher education at educational, policy and research levels. However, few studies provide appropriate theorization of student mobility as an area of study and professional practice. This work makes a major contribution to the field by advancing a comprehensive conceptual framework, resulting in an interdisciplinary approach to student mobility. The study suggests outcomes in three important areas: (a) personal, (b) linguistic and (c) intercultural, and concludes with suggestions for important activities to enrich the intercultural sojourn. This work is of value to all educators concerned with the quality design and implementation of effective study abroad experiences for their students.

Alvino E. Fantini, Professor Emeritus, School for International Training, Vermont, USA.

This is a valuable book that brings together in a highly original way the conceptual, educational and methodological foundations and practical applications of interdisciplinarity within the complex and multifaceted field of student mobility. In doing that, the author – Joana Almeida – challenges assumptions and argues convincingly for adopting an interdisciplinary approach which can have implications at both conceptual and methodological levels. Scholars, students, practitioners and policy-makers should read this innovative and accessible monograph in order to expand their awareness and understanding of study abroad, and make sustained contributions to improve the field.

Mattia Baiutti, Researcher, Fondazione Intercultura, Italy.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Part I: Foundations. Chapter 1: Conceptual. Chapter 2: Educational. Chapter 3: Methodological. Part II: Applications. Chapter 4: Pre-departure. Chapter 5: Adaptation. Chapter 6: Outcomes and Transformations. Part III: Implications. Chapter 7: Conclusions.

About the Author

Joana Almeida is a Research Fellow at the University of Minho, Portugal.

About the Series

Internationalization in Higher Education Series

In recent years internationalization has become of vital concern in Higher Education and all indications are that this will be increasingly the case. Globalization, privatization and mobility of students seeking internationally accredited qualifications relevant to a globally-mobile workforce are increasing the pressure on institutions around the world to take action in internationalizing curricula and professional practice.

This series addresses key themes in this internationalization with books written and/or edited by leading thinkers and writers in the field. Up to the minute and international in both appeal and scope the books in the series focus on delivering:

  • Contributions from a wide range of international contexts
  • Theoretical perspectives and practical examples for implementation
  • Evidence-based practice with an emphasis on evaluation of outcomes

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