International Review of Education

, Volume 54, Issue 2, pp 135–154

The Socio-Economic Background of Erasmus Students: A Trend Towards Wider Inclusion?

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Abstract

The article focuses on the financial issues and family background of Erasmus students. It examines the costs of Erasmus study periods in the academic year 2004/05 and the socio-economic background of Erasmus students that year, based on over 15000 survey responses. Results are compared with those of a similar survey undertaken in 1998 to track changes over the last decade. The main question that the article addresses is whether international mobility of higher education students within the Erasmus programme has been expanded to more students from lower socio-economic backgrounds during this period. We find that, in spite of still important socio-economic barriers to the take-up of the programme, access has been moderately widened.

Résumé

LE MILIEU SOCIO-ÉCONOMIQUE DES ÉTUDIANTS: UNE TENDANCE VERS UNE INCLUSION PLUS LARGE? – l’article se concentre sur les questions financières et l’arrière-plan familial des Étudiants Erasmus. Il examine le coût des pÉriodes d’Étude avec Erasmus pour l’annÉe universitaire 2004/05 ainsi que le milieu socio-Économique des Étudiants Erasmus de cette même annÉe, se basant sur une enquête ayant obtenue plus de 15000 rÉponses. Les rÉsultats sont comparÉs à ceux d’une enquête semblable entreprise en 1998 pour dÉpister les changements intervenus pendant la dernière dÉcennie. La question principale que l’article aborde est si, au sein du programme Erasmus, la mobilitÉ internationale des Étudiants dans l’Éducation supÉrieure a augmentÉ pendant cette pÉriode afin d’inclure plus d’Étudiants de milieux socio- Économiques infÉrieurs. Nous constatons que, malgrÉ des barrières socio-Économiques toujours importantes, l’accès y a ÉtÉ modÉrÉment Élargi.

Zusammenfassung

ZUM SOZIOÖKONOMISCHEN HINTERGRUND ERASMUS-STUDIERENDER: GEHT DER TREND ZUR ERWEITERTEN AUFNAHME? – Der Artikel befasst sich mit der finanziellen Situation und dem familiären Hintergrund von Erasmus-Studierenden. Auf der Basis von über 15000 ausgefüllten Fragebogen werden die Kosten der Erasmus-Studienperioden im akademischen Jahr 2004/05 sowie der sozioÖkonomische Hintergrund der Erasmus-Studierenden dieses Jahrgangs untersucht. Die Ergebnisse werden mit denen einer ähnlichen Umfrage aus dem Jahre 1998 verglichen, um so Veränderungen im Lauf der letzten zehn Jahre sichtbar zu machen. Der Schwerpunkt des Artikels liegt auf der Fragestellung, ob sich die internationale Mobilität von Hochschulstudierenden im Erasmus-Programm so gesteigert hat, dass auch Studierende mit niedrigerem sozioÖkonomischen Hintergrund während dieser Periode ins Programm aufgenommen werden konnten. Unserer Meinung nach hat sich der Zugang zum Programm leicht verbessert, obwohl es immer noch bedeutende sozioÖkonomische Barrieren gibt.

Resumen

¿UNA INCLUSIÓN MÁS AMPLIA? EL PERFIL SOCIO-ECONÓMICO DE LOS ESTUDIANTES ‹ERASMUS’ – Este artículo se centra en la situaciÓn econÓmica y en el perfil familiar de estudiantes con beca Erasmus. Analiza los costos de los períodos de estudios Erasmus del año académico 2004/05 y el perfil socio-econÓmico de estudiantes Erasmus durante ese año, basado en mÁs de 15.000 respuestas a una encuesta de dichos estudiantes. Estos resultados se comparan con los de una encuesta similar realizada en 1998, con el fin de detectar los cambios producidos durante la última década. La pregunta principal que plantea este artículo es si el programa Erasmus ha ampliado la oportunidad de movilidad internacional de los estudiantes de enseñanza superior con niveles socio-econÓmicos mÁs bajos durante ese período. Constatamos que, pese a que sigan existiendo barreras socio-econÓmicas importantes, el␣acceso se ha ampliado moderadamente.Open image in new window

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Social Policy and Social WorkUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK

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