Chances for student and lecturer mobility and exchange

European higher education programs face similar challenges in their aim for international exchange of students and teaching staff. Bachelor and master programs in the field of gerontology have their own challenges, because of the small(er) numbers of students and the diversity in organizational structure. Most programs offer a 3 or 4 year program for young(er) adults. Some have a bachelor-after-bachelor (2 years) or master configuration with different program durations. Full time and young(er) students have different learning demands than older and parttime students with more life and work experience. The availability of enough financial resources (or the lack of it) make it more (or less) likely for students and lecturers to go abroad, especially to participate in longer lasting exchange programs. The way internationalization is embedded in the curriculum, determines the outcome in terms of necessary internationalization actions. And last but not least the personal effort of people, their motivation and enthusiasm to support internationalization, is paramount.

There are enough reasons to postpone lecturer and student exchange, but the CWEG group thinks it is time to focus on the chances and possibilities for internationalization.
To accomplish this, it is necessary to make an inventory of how every institute is allready able
- to offer internationalization experiences to guests, and
- to send students and lecturers abroad.

We also want to map how institutions plan to develop more internationalization initiatives in the future.
Please help us in mapping all possibilities for internationalization!
You can support this initiative by completing a small survey where you can register the state of your program by means of three options:

- : something that we don’t do nor plan to do
0 : something that we’re planning / we might do in the (near) future
+ : something that we (my program, school or institute) already do

Based on the results of this inventory members of our CWEG group aim to have the necessary data to find opportunities in matching internationalization demands and supply.

Kind regards,

Joris Van Puyenbroeck – Odisee University College Brussels, bachelor of Psychosocial Gerontology
Wilco Bosems – Fontys University Eindhoven, bachelor of Applied Gerontology

Please score the following internationalisation activities for your program :

Mobility and exchange of students

• 1-day exchange

• 1-week exchange

• 1 semester exchange (possibly Erasmus funded)

Mobility and exchange of teaching staff / lecturers

• 1-day exchange

• 1-week exchange (possibly Erasmus funded)

• 1 semester or year exchange