Motivations and Expectations of Students’ Mobility Abroad: A Mapping Technique

  • Valeria CaviezelEmail author
  • Anna Maria Falzoni
  • Sebastiano Vitali
Conference paper
Part of the Studies in Classification, Data Analysis, and Knowledge Organization book series (STUDIES CLASS)


Internationalization of higher education is a rapidly rising phenomenon and it has become a priority in the European education policy. At the same time, research in this area is expanding with the aim of understanding motivations and potential benefits of international students’ mobility. Within this context, the purpose of our contribution is to analyse students’ motivations and the fulfillment of their expectations about the mobility experience abroad. To this aim, we have conducted an online survey addressed to a sample of about 1300 Italian students enrolled in a medium size university (the University of Bergamo) with outward mobility experiences during the six academic years from 2008/2009 to 2013/2014. To assess the results of the survey, we propose a mapping of the answer variables using the VOSviewer software.


Credit mobility Questionnaire VOSviewer Variables’ mapping 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Valeria Caviezel
    • 1
    Email author
  • Anna Maria Falzoni
    • 1
  • Sebastiano Vitali
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Management, Economics and Quantitative MethodsUniversity of BergamoBergamoItaly
  2. 2.Department of Probability and Mathematical Statistics, Faculty of Mathematics and PhysicsCharles UniversityPragueCzech Republic

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