Erasmus Learning

  • David Cairns
  • Ewa Krzaklewska
  • Valentina Cuzzocrea
  • Airi-Alina Allaste


In this section of our discussion, we look at some of the different ways in which Erasmus is experienced by participants, with emphasis on evidence from studies conducted in Poland. While an exchange visit is predominantly an academic experience, also present is a strong informal learning dimension. This is an aspect of the programme underlined by past participants, with ‘I have learnt so much’ becoming a motto of alumni from across Europe. The chapter includes exploration of the multiple spaces of learning during Erasmus, taking as a key hypothesis the idea that there is growing focus on contributing to labour market integration via employability. In this sense, it can be argued that Erasmus is designed to contribute to overcoming barriers to the successful completion of a degree course and difficulties within the transition from higher education to the skilled labour market, as well as offering opportunities to exercise independent living skills, in some cases for the first time.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Cairns
    • 1
  • Ewa Krzaklewska
    • 2
  • Valentina Cuzzocrea
    • 3
  • Airi-Alina Allaste
    • 4
  1. 1.ISCTE-University Institute of LisbonLisbonPortugal
  2. 2.Jagiellonian UniversityKrakowPoland
  3. 3.University of CagliariCagliariItaly
  4. 4.Tallinn UniversityTallinnEstonia

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