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The Impact of COVID-19 on Erasmus Mundus Programs: Student and Practitioner Voices

Schueller, J. & Colus, F. (2020). The Impact of COVID-19 on Erasmus Mundus Programs: Student and Practitioner Voices. 

The COVID-19 outbreak has disrupted international education across the globe, with many Erasmus programs postponed or interrupted. In Erasmus Mundus Joint Master's Degree (EMJMD) programs, diverse student groups transit through multiple countries. Mobility is a foundational component, not an additional experience. This research explores how Erasmus Mundus Programs responded to the COVID-19 crisis, and what the current and projected effects on student degree completion and experience are. 

This research report outlines the results and findings from the mixed methods study conducted from June 2020–September 2020. The student survey was open from June 1st until August 15th, 2020. It asked students about their program’s response to the COVID-19 crisis and how they were impacted. In total 658 Erasmus Mundus students took part, broken down by incoming students 383 (58%) and current students 275 (42%). Most students (n=547, 83%) were Erasmus Mundus scholarship holders. In total, 12 program managers from 10 programs participated in interviews. Key findings include: initial response and housing issues, early adjustments and decision-making, communication and information, impact on Degree requirements and completion, travel and visa challenges, mental health and development of support initiatives.  

Find the report here.