Session 03.13

Swimming upstream: Understanding the barriers to going abroad for under-represented students

  • Wednesday 27 Sept
  • Dock 15, Level 1, Rotterdam Ahoy
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Related Expert Communities Inclusion and Diversity

Not all students have the opportunity to participate in internationalisation and outbound mobility. What are the obstacles that students – particularly those from under-represented groups – face? How do their circumstances influence their participation? During this session, you will get into character, encounter various real-life situations and raise your awareness regarding the accessibility, or lack thereof, of going abroad.


  • Social responsibility
    • Diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Student and staff mobility
    • Student exchange and study abroad


  • Ellen van Veen, 
    Expertise Centrum Inclusief Onderwijs (ECIO), Netherlands


  • Wim Gabriels, 
    Erasmus Student Network, Belgium
  • Ruth Verhoeff, 
    Nuffic, Netherlands