ANSA / Spain, Italy among the many high picks for Erasmus scholar research – Lifestyle

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(ANSA) – BRUXELLES, 15 GIU – The film L’Auberge Espagnole (The Spanish Apartment), which sealed Barcelona’s status as an Erasmus icon, wasn’t far from reality.

Spain is not only one of the most popular travel destinations for Erasmus students, it is also the country with the highest number of university students who at least absolutely decide to go abroad, according to the preliminary results of the IRiE research project carried out under the auspices of the ESPON program , which specializes in the analysis of regional policy measures.

Spain leads the way alongside the other three big EU countries, France, Germany and Italy and partly the UK, which was an anomaly in terms of Erasmus even before Brexit, with few UK students participating in the program but many of the Europeans participating go to the UK to study.

Part of the IRiE study examined the incoming and outgoing flows of Erasmus students in the academic years 2009-2010 and 2013-2014.

During this period, the most visible changes in flows took place in countries that were in the middle or at the bottom of the table.

In just four years, the number of students from Croatia, Turkey, Malta and Cyprus for an Erasmus stay abroad has increased by over 50%.

The researchers stated that this was a sign of the “increasing integration of these more peripheral areas into the Erasmus network”. Peripheral areas are also becoming more and more popular with students, the popularity of the Balkan countries, Central and Eastern Europe, Cyprus and Turkey is increasing. Here the number of admitted students has risen by over 50%, especially from Spain, France, Germany and Italy.

If you analyze the same numbers in relation to the population, the picture changes radically.

Luxembourg, the Baltic countries, Finland and Iceland jump to the top of the table of countries of origin for Erasmus students.

At the other end of the table is the UK, along with Turkey, Croatia, Romania and Bulgaria, although these latter countries saw significant increases over the analysis period.

The Nordic countries are also among the most popular travel destinations, while Malta and Portugal stand out in southern Europe.

Turkey and the Central and Eastern European countries fall partly because they are new to the Erasmus program, partly because their languages ​​are less known abroad and Greece and Bulgaria even use different alphabets.

When doing a cross-analysis of inbound and outbound flows, the researchers found that some countries have specialized in hosting foreign students: in other words, the number of students coming to study from abroad is much higher than the number of them packing their bags. This is the case with the Nordic countries, which are among the most popular for the quality of their higher education, as well as the two English-speaking countries, the UK and Ireland.

In other countries such as Greece, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Turkey and Romania it is the other way around.

This trend can also be observed in Italy, France and Germany, which could indicate a greater tendency to study abroad or a gradual “brain drain”. (ANSA).