The focus of this year´s edition is to investigate the "International experience and language learning". The survey for the first time also explores full-degree mobility. Additionally we explore the added value and satisfaction with student organisations. More than 22 000 respondents makes the results very valid and worth paying attention to.
Traveling and residing within the European Union’s borders is relatively easy and in theory the free movement of persons is a fundamental right guaranteed to EU citizens. The story changes substantially when one would like to enter from countries outside the EU. Citizens from privileged and prosperous countries can often enter the EU rather easily. Citizens from less affluent countries often ace much greater hurdles and many that do not come from a rich parental background might be deterred from the beginning and not even start the process of entering into the European Union.
The analysis shows that around 9.0% of students that have taken a full degree abroad encounter problems with the recognition of their degree. Comparing this result to the persistently challenging situation of credit recognition, the results draw a quantitatively less problematic picture. The consequences of non-recognition of a whole degree can, however, be far more severe for the individual. Likewise, the survey cannot capture all problems with recognition as many may still face recognition issues in the future.
ESNSurvey 2013 is titled "Creating Ideas, Opportunities and Identity". The focus of this year´s edition is to investigate the employability of mobile and non-mobile students and show the beneficial effects of going abroad. With the survey we hope to provide further evidence and insight. The survey also explores the impact of student mobility on entrepreneurship and European citizenship and gives insight into students´ satisfaction with ESN and other student organisations.
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