Maximising outcomes of short-term mobility: the connection between student background and program and evaluation design


One size does not fit all when considering how to increase outward mobility, particularly among students from non-traditional backgrounds. Short-term mobility options have provided more students with an international experience. However, debate remains over the link between mobility duration and impact, requiring nuanced evaluation techniques. This e-poster will showcase a model of data-driven recruitment of under-represented students and targeted pre/during/post mobility evaluation. It will show the significant outcomes of one-week experiences abroad for widening participation of students who are often unable to participate in traditional study abroad routes.

This will be based on two programs run by City, University of London in 2017 (India) and 2018 (Vietnam). Mixed-methods analysis from surveys, interviews and student-driven case studies are used to identify and evaluate the short/long-term outcomes of the experience. Findings on what worked and what didn’t will offer recommendations regarding future mobility program/evaluation designs.

Take-home message:

The impact of short-term mobility should not be underestimated or valued as less significant than semester/year-long study abroad opportunities. Structured and targeted mobility program and evaluation design will enable universities to capture the significant impact and outcomes of a student’s international experience.

Key interest area: Mobility and learning abroad (MOB) 
Other key interest areas: Employability (EMP), Mobility (MOB), Students (STU)

Miss Aliya Sorgen

International Partnerships Manager

City, University of London

Aliya Sorgen began her career in higher education at Doncaster College and University Centre as the International Projects and Partnerships Lead. This role involved assisting in widening the participation of students taking part in short-term work placements around Europe, and writing applications for and leading on large European Commission-funded projects, which consisted of a wide consortia of European institutions and were aimed at developing curriculum and resources to support disadvantaged students.

Aliya joined City, University of London, in January 2016 and her current role focuses on outward mobility for staff and students. Aliya works closely with the Exchange Teams within the five schools of the university to increase City’s outbound exchange numbers and provide a coordinated approach to promotion and activities from a central level.

She manages the university’s international exchange agreements with partners around the world and, where possible, aims to provide strategic support in widening the agreements to multiple schools and departments in order to maximise the impact of the relationships with these partners. Aliya is committed to helping every student who wishes to gain an international experience, and is working on several projects to encourage and enable more disadvantaged students to have such an experience.