The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) has launched the ESNsurvey XV, Europe’s largest student-led survey focusing on student exchange and which has become one of the most relevant research publications in the field of student mobilities and the Erasmus+ programme in recent years.
It aims to improve access and quality of student mobility through the collection of relevant data, targeting students who have participated in exchange programmes or mobilities abroad during the last two years, as well as students who have not taken part in mobility yet.
This year’s survey will place a special emphasis on aspects related to inclusion and access to student mobility, as well as the student perceptions on aspects related to civic engagement, sustainability and digitalisation. The questions are highly connected to the key commitments of the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education and the aspects included in the Erasmus Student Charter.
Other key aspects related to the key policy priorities of the Erasmus+ programme and the European Higher Education Area are analysed in-depth in the survey, such as the recognition of learning outcomes, the acquisition of key competencies and the international dimension of teaching and learning.
The survey is open until 31st July 2023 and it is available here.
This edition of the survey comes with strong incentives from partners committed to sustainable and accessible mobility, which will increase benefits for students who fill out the survey. ESN has joined forces with Eurail, which is supporting the survey by giving out 10 Interrail Global Passes among respondents, and Flixbus will also raffle out 10 return tickets. The winners will be announced at the end of the data collection period.
Impact of the ESNsurvey results
The Erasmus Student Network claims that the ESNsurvey does not only allow policymakers and Higher Education Institutions to become more aware of the experiences, perceptions and challenges of students regarding learning mobility but that it has also driven change and helped to make the Erasmus+ programme what it is today.
The ESNsurvey results have been instrumental in advocating for inclusion and civic engagement to become priorities of the programme, providing in-depth information on the challenges faced by students with fewer opportunities and the huge potential of the programme to boost civic engagement.
Indeed, the results of the ESNsurvey are widely disseminated to the European Commission, Members of the European Parliament and National Agencies involved in internationalisation, as well as Higher Education Institutions.