Study Abroad Participants Have Better Career Outcomes

Alumni of the European Union-funded Erasmus exchanges have better career outcomes than their non-mobile peers, a new study finds.

As reported by Inside Higher Ed, the new E.U.-commissioned study examines the impact of the Erasmus program, which funds intra-European study and work exchanges. The new regional analysis builds on a large-scale study published last year on the overall, continent-wide, impact of the program.

The first study was based, in part, on a survey of 56,733 students, 18,618 alumni and 652 employers. It found that Erasmus alumni had an advantage in finding a job: only 2 percent of alumni needing more than 12 months to find a first job, compared to 4 percent of non-mobile alumni. In addition, five years later, the unemployment rate for internationally mobile students was 23 percent lower than for non-mobile students. The study also found that exchange students were nearly twice as likely as their non-mobile peers to have moved to another country after graduation, and nearly three times as likely to have a life partner with a different nationality. The effect of study abroad experiences on the development of certain personality traits valued by the majority of employers surveyed was also a part of this impact study.

The second of the two studies, released last week, looked at the data regarding Erasmus's impact across Europe's four regions. Positive career outcomes associated with the exchanges were most prominent in Eastern and Southern Europe. The Erasmus program is not selective overall, Inside Higher Ed reported, but is more than twice as selective in these regions (one in five applications are rejected).


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