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New Modes of Student Mobility, Work Experience and Service Learning

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-9553-1_233-2



Work experience and service learning are two distinct yet important and evolving dimensions of international student mobility. They differ most importantly in that service learning is academically supervised whereas work experience does not have to be. Service learning is a rather modern approach, officially established in 1969 when Peace Corps and VISTA officials together with university faculty members and students defined this new pedagogical approach during a conference in Atlanta, Georgia (Busch 2017).

Work experience as a part of a student’s higher education is built on the idea that studying alone might not prepare students properly for the tasks ahead, and that such experience might even help a student to determine whether the chosen academic path is the best for him or her. Work experience is usually developed from the...


Study Abroad Service Learning Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) Work Arrangements Erasmus Impact Study (EIS) 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Global Impact InstitutePragueCzech Republic
  2. 2.Rovira i Virgili University, Chair of Knowledge RegionTarragonaSpain

Section editors and affiliations

  • Hans De Wit
    • 1
  • Laura Rumbley
    • 2
  • Fiona Hunter
    • 3
  • Lisa Unangst
    • 4
  • Edward Choi
    • 5
  1. 1.Center for International Higher EducationBoston CollegeBostonUSA
  2. 2.Center for International Higher EducationBoston CollegeChestnut HillUSA
  3. 3.Centre for Higher Education InternationalisationUniversità Cattolica del Sacro CuoreMilanoItaly
  4. 4.Center for International Higher EducationBoston CollegeChestnut HillU.S.A.
  5. 5.Center for International Higher EducationBoston CollegeChestnut HillU.S.A.