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.
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)