We will approach people who had significant experiences of study abroad earlier in their lives. The rationale underlying the strategy of interviewing former rather than current exchange students is twofold. First, the current attitudes of those experiencing educational exchange are already well-documented and we do not need to duplicate this research. Second, and of more significance for this project, investigating the biographical significance of educational experience in another country for later in one’s life allows an assessment of the extent to which educational mobility is realising its greater goals of promoting a permanent change in perspective and a lasting integration across European national borders. On the basis of rich biographical data we want to assess the impact of this kind of experiences on changing (or non-changing) identifications.
Prof. Howard Davis
Bangor University, Wales, UK