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What makes some students go abroad for exchange studies while others stay at their home institutions for the whole study period? Who are the mobile students? Do they have any particular characteristics compared with their non-mobile fellow students? What are the driving forces leading to international student mobility, and what prevents students from becoming exchange students abroad? These are some of the main questions addressed in a Nordic study on exchange mobility.
The report is the result of a cooperation project by the Centre for International Mobility (CIMO) in Finland, the Norwegian Centre for international Cooperation in Education (SIU) and the Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR). The three offices are national agencies for the Lifelong Learning Programme in their respective countries, and they have the common task of promoting internationalisation in education, including student mobility. The cooperation project aims to provide comparable data from Finland, Norway and Sweden to increase the understanding of the driving forces of student mobility.