Call for papers
Research panel at the 19th IMISCOE Annual Conference Oslo, 29th June-1st July 2022
Transformations in international student mobility in higher education in the COVID-19 pandemic
Dr Thais França, Cies-Iscte (Portugal)
Dr Ewa Krzaklewska, Jagiellonian University in Krakow (Poland)
In cooperation with COST Action - CA20115
European Network on International Student Mobility: Connecting Research and Practice
After the disruptive first year of the pandemic, the advance of the vaccination rollout has allowed for higher education institutions to resume some ‘normality’. Despite of this, some of the challenges brought on by the pandemic for international students have persisted, fostering continuous changes in the dynamics of international student mobility at the micro-, meso-, and macro-level. Our panel seeks to analyze further beyond the immediate impact of Covid-19 on international students mobility by digging into more long term transformations: how did the changes in the lifestyles, social life practices, work patterns, transformation of education in the direction of online learning impact the willingness of students to be mobile as well as their motivations and choices? Against this background, this session looks at the transformations of experiences, practices, discourses and policies in higher education in regards to international student mobility, considering both students’ and institutional perspectives.
We invite empirical papers and theoretical reflections on mobility transformations amidst the pandemic aiming at capturing the new emerging status quo of international student mobility under epidemiological uncertainty, including both impact on short-term mobility as well as international degree students. Some of the leading questions of this panel are:
- What are the main motivations, expectations and challenges of those international students who moved abroad after the pandemic outbreak?
- What strategies higher education institutions have put in place to recruit new international students and to respond to their needs?
- What is the impact of the pandemic on the value, meanings, perceptions, normative frames attached to international student mobility?
- How social inequalities have been shaping the access to international student mobility during the pandemic?
- What new theoretical frameworks have emerged as relevant to analyze the changes in mobility patterns and experiences of international students?