Mobility Windows – the What, Why, How and to Which End?

  • Internationalisation of Higher Education Handbook
  • Publication date
    July 2015
  • Topics
    • Mobility

Internationalisation of Higher Education Handbook, issue 1, 2015

This article presents a selection of the main findings of the 'Mapping mobility windows in European higher education' (MOWIN) project and of the ensuing publication Mobility windows. From concept to practice. Dedicated to the concept of mobility windows, the project and the publication aimed to bring much needed clarity to the European-level discourse around this topic. The paper presents the definition of mobility, the four-types typology, and looks into the practical implementation of mobility windows. Last but not least it presents five main recommendations, put forward for the attention of institutional, national and European decision-makers.

This article was published in Issue 1, 2015 of the Internationalisation of Higher Education, an EAIE Handbook. From 2011–2015, the EAIE was the Editor of Internationalisation of Higher Education Handbook, published by Raabe Academic Publishers (Berlin). The EAIE holds joint copyright of all 2015 articles with DUZ Verlags- und Medienhaus GmbH.

— Author: Irina Ferencz

Table of contents

1. Introduction 22
2. The “what?” – definition and types of mobility windows 24
2.1 A definition of mobility windows  26
2.2 Mobility windows – a typology 27
3. The “why?” – rationales 32
4. The “how?” – mobility windows in practice 33
4.1 Setting-up mobility windows 33
4.2 Integrating mobility windows into the curriculum 36
4.3 Organising and supporting window mobility 37
4.4 The evaluation stage 38
5. The “to which end?” – impact of mobility windows 38
5.1 The quantitative side 38
5.2 Qualitative benefits of mobility windows 39
6. Recommendations 40

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