Title
The reconstruction of a social network abroad : an analysis of the interaction patterns of Erasmus students The reconstruction of a social network abroad : an analysis of the interaction patterns of Erasmus students
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Sociology
Publication type
article
Publication
Oxon :Routledge ,
Subject
Sociology
Economics
Source (journal)
Mobilities. - Oxon, 2006, currens
Volume/pages
10(2015) :3 , p. 423-444
ISSN
1745-0101
ISI
000354043600005
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
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Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Most studies of interaction patterns of international students focus on degree mobility and flows from non-Western towards Western countries. Nevertheless, in Europe, the shorter alternative of credit mobility is more prevalent. However, empirical evidence on social network formation within this specific group of international students remains limited. Therefore, in this article, we study the formation of interaction patterns of students who study for a delineated period in another European country, based on a research project conducted in Austria, Belgium, Italy, Norway, Poland and the UK. The results show that specific interaction patterns can be explained from a flow perspective. Moreover, our study shows that students networks abroad are already formed before actual departure. In addition, we provide empirical evidence that institutional as well as group practices encourage or impede interaction between exchange and local students. Two transversal dimensions are especially relevant in the explanation of how groups are formed abroad: language proficiency and shared social spaces.
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