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Student mobility in Europe

The chart shows the percentage of students coming from other European countries, measured on the total university student population, who ar

Publishing date
14 October 2014

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The chart shows the percentage of students coming from other European countries, measured on the total university student population, who are enrolled in tertiary education, either in Erasmus programs or national degree programs of the hosting country.

Share of international students has increased over the past few years in most of the selected countries

Share of international students has increased over the past few years in most of the selected countries. The increase has been particularly relevant in countries such as Belgium, Denmark and the Netherlands, while traditionally popular destinations for international students, such as the United Kingdom, have displayed a more stable trend. Share of Erasmus students has instead remained quite constant over time.

The boom in student mobility may have been consequent to the gradual enhancement of integration in the European tertiary education system, following the implementation of the Bologna process, introduced in 1999 and aimed at standardizing curriculum in higher education, making it easier for students to move across the countries of the Union.

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Mobility of students in European higher education

About the authors

  • Elena Zaurino

    Elena Zaurino, an Italian citizen, holds a M.Sc. in Economics and Social Sciences from Bocconi University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the same university.
    During her studies, she spent a semester at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (Université Libre de Bruxelles).

    She is currently working as a full-time researcher and teaching assistant at Bocconi University.

    Her research interests include international trade, labour economics, competition policy and economic geography. She is fluent in English, French and Italian.

  • Giulio Mazzolini

    Giulio Mazzolini is Italian citizen and he is Research Intern at Bruegel. Prior to this, he has been Intern at the Istituto Bruno Leoni, an Italian think tank specialised in public policy. He holds a Bachelor degree in Economics from Catholic University in Milan, and he also obtained a Master degree in Economics with a major in Monetary Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

    His areas of interest include Monetary Economics, European Political Economy and Econometrics for Macroeconomic Analysis. He’s fluent in English and Italian, and he has a good knowledge of French.

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