This year’s edition of the ESNsurvey is focused on homecoming exchange students with disabilities and students with disabilities without any mobility experience. It aims to explore the challenges and enablers of international exchange programmes for students with disabilities across Europe.
1.4% of Erasmus beneficiaries are students who have chosen to disclose their disability and apply for the Erasmus+ supplementary grant in order to participate in an exchange. ESN’s previous research shows that there are still barriers for students to go on mobility and adding a disability into the equation often makes it feel impossible for some students.
ESN wants to understand the situation as much as we can and find out which conditions and itnerventions at universities contribute to a more accessible atmosphere. Both mobile and non-mobile students with disabilities take part in the process of internationalisation of higher education, and it is in ESN’s interest to understand in which way and to what extent these two benefit the student. How can universities improve the access and inclusion of both local and international students with disabilities? This is our main question, and hence this year's topic: Accessible Mobility.
The questionnaire is divided in nine parts and will deal with the subjects of support services of sending institutions, information provision, participation, barriers and opportunities, grants and funding, and satisfaction with the experience.
Additionally, by gathering information about demographics and the study abroad context, we want to discover the effect, on mobility, of certain variables such as nationality, country of study abroad, length of study abroad, finances, accommodation, etc. The ESNsurvey 2017 aims to map the challenges and enablers of mobility for students with disabilities across Europe. We believe that the results of the survey will help various stakeholders, policy makers and practitioners improve the accessibility and inclusivity of higher education and the structures of international exchange programmes.
For the results of previous surveys, visit ESN.org/ESNsurvey
What is ESNsurvey?
ESNsurvey is the biggest European-wide research project conducted solely by volunteers. The Erasmus Student Network uses the results to advocate for improvements of exchange programmes in Europe. As every year, we hope that thousands of students all around Europe will fill in the survey and tell us their experiences and perceptions related to student mobility.