Erasmus Conviviality

  • David Cairns
  • Ewa Krzaklewska
  • Valentina Cuzzocrea
  • Airi-Alina Allaste


Discussion of the Erasmus experience for students continues with exploration of encounters within the host country. While this can be viewed from the perspective of culture shock, we also acknowledge that homogenisation of the student experience in Europe helps to create a ‘bubble’ atmosphere, surrounding the student visitor when he or she moves to a new country. This habitus is strengthened by the fact that social networking takes place mostly between international students, many of whom have limited contact with the locals, thus giving Erasmus mobility a geographical liminal quality. Using interview material from Erasmus students, we are able to illustrate the benefits of this arrangement and also what happens when some exchangees try to live outside the Erasmus bubble during their stays.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Cairns
    • 1
  • Ewa Krzaklewska
    • 2
  • Valentina Cuzzocrea
    • 3
  • Airi-Alina Allaste
    • 4
  1. 1.ISCTE-University Institute of LisbonLisbonPortugal
  2. 2.Jagiellonian UniversityKrakowPoland
  3. 3.University of CagliariCagliariItaly
  4. 4.Tallinn UniversityTallinnEstonia

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