In September 2015, Universities UK International (formerly known as the UK Higher Education International Unit) and the British Council commissioned a report into student perspectives of the benefits of and barriers to having an international experience as part of a higher education degree.
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Key findings include:
- The majority of students surveyed perceived a relationship between spending time abroad during their studies and their employability, academic success and personal development
- Students perceive very short mobility periods to result in similar impacts to longer periods of mobility of one semester or a full year
- The principal motivations to go abroad, whether studying, working or volunteering, were a desire for an enjoyable experience and to enhance employability and career prospects.
- Key factors in the decision to go abroad were the availability of funding, personal safety and security and perceived quality of host and location
- Services and information offered by institutions such as help completing an application were considered the most valuable in decision making, especially for students from disadvantaged backgrounds
- While students are motivated by the experiences and opinions of other students when making a decision, the encouragement of academic tutors was a significant factor
View the Storify on the digital launch of our report below: