Work and Equal Opportunities

Content analysis of "How exchange changed my life"

Study in the framwork of EUROPE NOW

The initiative "Europe Now“ provided the opportunity for exchange students to take part in a competition called “How exchange changed my life”. This competition was open for all students who had a European experience in student exchange. The ambition was to refer the experiences and ideas concerning visions for Europe and the own professional outlook. The outcome of the rounds 1 and 2 have been analysed by a qualitative content analysis in this study.

The paper is divided into five main chapters featuring the students, their origin, their experiences and their vision regarding Europe. Most emphasis is on the students’ vision of Europe and their professional outlook. In the first chapter, the group of the participating students is described regarding their personal background, their field of study, their home and host institutions and the length of their stay. The second chapter deals with the benefits and changes the students experienced during their exchange time. In chapter three, the students’ impressions of the actual life in the EU are discussed. The biggest part of the paper deals with the students’ vision of Europe. They explained their ideas and suggestions for a better life, their plans and hopes for the future. Some students wrote about visions for Europe in general, other explicitly about visions for the EU. The last part is all about the professional outlook from a wide point of view – some students have already specific job perspectives, others described ideas and dreams of their future.


Section: Work and Equal Opportunities

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Tags: mobility

Type: Research

Project Status: Finished

Submission Date: 03/2009

Start/End: 04/2009 - 05/2009

Project Duration: 2 months