Christof Van Mol (Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute)
Yvonne Riaño (University of Neuchâtel)
Parvati Raghuram (Open University) 
Nicolai Netz (German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies)


This research cluster aims at targeting the most pressing empirical and theoretical gaps in the International Student Migration (ISM)-literature. Today, most ISM-research in Europe remains limited to single case studies, with a main focus on the UK. This is unfortunate, as international comparisons between European countries are much needed for advancing the field. Consequently, the cluster brings together a range of early and mid-career as well as senior IMISCOE researchers from different European countries, disciplinary and methodological angles, in order to combine our respective expertise and significantly advance our empirical and theoretical understanding of ISM. In 2018-2019, the Research Cluster collaborates with the German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies, focusing on the role of ISM within broader life course trajectories.


  • Christof Van Mol  (NIDI)
  • Yvonne Riaño (Swiss Forum for Migration and Population Studies (SFM))
  • Sara Ahlstedt (REMESO)
  • Elisa Alves (IGOT)
  • Emilia Kmiotek-Meier (University of Luxembourg)
  • Hanwei Li (University of Tampere & Bielefeld University)
  • Annique Lombard (SFM)
  • Fabiana Minneci (IGOT)
  • Jasmine Trang Ha (University of Minnesota)
  • Katarzyna Andrejuk (CMR)
  • Basak Bilecen (Bielefeld University)
  • Thais France (Universidade do Minho)
  • Daan Huberts (EP-Nuffic)
  • Antonina Levatino (INED)
  • Marta Moskal (University of Glasgow)
  • Sinead O’Connor (Aberystwyth University)
  • Sónia Pereira (IGOT)
  • Claudio Bolzman (HES-SO)
  • Ute Karl (University of Luxembourg)
  • Russell King (University of Sussex)
  • Maggi Leung (University of Utrecht)
  • Etienne Piguet (SFM)
  • Parvati Raghuram (Open University)
  • Xianlin Song (University of Western Australia)
  • Nicolai Netz (German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies)
  •  Eva Maria Vögtle (German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies)
  • Knut Petzold (Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg)
  • Giorgio di Pietro (University of Westminster)
  • Julia Zimmerman  (FernUniversität Hagen)

Agenda of activities: 

  • June 2017: Closed RG meeting at the Annual IMISCOE conference 
  • June 2017: Two slots on the gender gap in study abroad at the Annual IMISCOE conference

  • October/November 2017: organisation of an international workshop on the gender gap in study abroad at NIDI, the Hague

Output of cluster/initiative/standing-committee activities: (such as panels, conferences, working papers, journal articles, books, research proposals approved-pending) 

  • 5-6 October 2017: IMISCOE International Workshop on Gendered Perspectives on International Student Migration and Mobility, Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute, the Netherlands

  • 13-14 October 2016: IMISCOE-NCCR International Workshop on International Student Migration and Mobility: Policy Perspectives, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland