Measuring the impact of study abroad is difficult, but there are important signals in a number of reports which point to mobile students having a greater potential to secure more highly paid jobs in the UK, be employed in more senior roles and work in particular sectors. Some reports also point to a higher proportion of mobile students are likely to live and work abroad on completing their studies.
The UK Higher Education International Unit's report, Gone International: Mobile students and their outcomes, does this in detail by looking at who goes abroad, where they go and what their employment and academic attainment outcomes are, and comapres these to graduates who weren't mobile during their studies. Regarding life post-graduation, it looks at roles, sectors of employment, salaries and rates of employment. The report can be found here
Erasmus not only improves career prospects, it also offers students broader horizons and social links. 40% have changed their country of residence or work at least once since graduation, according to the September 2014 Erasmus Impact Survey. This is almost double the number of those who did not study or work abroad during their studies.
Former Erasmus students are also more likely to have transnational relationships: 33% of former Erasmus students have a partner of a different nationality, compared with 13% of those who don't go abroad during their studies; 27% of Erasmus students meet their long-term partner while on Erasmus.
For the Erasmus Impact Survey 2014 press release click here
For the full report click here
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