Erasmus student mobility and Emerging Adulthood: implications on students’ development

VARVARA MASTORA, NIKI PANAGOPOULOU, NATASSA RAIKOU

Abstract

The present study focuses on Erasmus student mobility and emerging adulthood. We attempt to detect possible emerging adulthood characteristics to Greek university students, in the frame of their participation in mobility programmes. A qualitative analysis with in-depth interviews of students was applied, in order to investigate the implications of this experience for Emerging Adulthood. Interviews were addressed to Greek students from various disciplines that participated in mobility programmes in different countries and higher education environments during the past two years. The research revealed empowerment of specific emerging adulthood characteristics of the participants, while studying abroad emerges as a significant learning experience that fosters students’ developmental process to adulthood.

Keywords

Erasmus, student mobility, emerging adulthood, higher education, student development

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.26220/une.3379

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