In order to capture the experiences of students and trainees across Europe regarding the impact of COVID-19 on their mobility experience, the European Commission ran two surveys to collect the views of mobility participants and higher education institutions on how the COVID-19 outbreak has affected the ordinary course of their projects and activities respectively.
At the end of April 2020, the European Commission launched a short survey aimed at collecting the views of mobility participants in Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps on how the Covid-19 outbreak affected the ordinary course of their Erasmus+ or European Solidarity Corps mobility activities.
The survey was sent to over 57 000 participants representing all types of mobility supported under the programmes and corresponding to 40% of the estimated number of people in mobility at the time of the Coronavirus outbreak (The overall population of Erasmus+ participants registered in Mobility Tool+ and having mobilities overlapping the period of 15 February onwards is 142,801. The respective number for European Solidarity Corps participants is 1 050).
Close to 11 800 participants in mobility activities under Erasmus+ programme and European Solidarity Corps completed the questionnaire. The ratio between learners (students, pupils, trainees, young people) and staff (teachers, trainers, youth workers, etc.) amounts to 74% – 26% respectively. This ratio corresponds to the distribution between the two groups in the programme.
Based on the survey’s sample it can be assumed that:
– more than 107 000 participants in Erasmus+ mobility were affected by the Covid-19 situation
– close to 45 000 participants continued their activities with different arrangements (i.e. distance or online learning)
– for more than 23 500 participants the activity was temporarily suspended
– for more than 38 500 participants the activity was definitely cancelled
More than 80 000 of these participants came back home while 27 000 stayed abroad
This crisis has had a very disturbing effect on the mobility of participants and on the continuity of entities that have mobility projects and that receive participants. There has been a huge effort in terms of human and economic resources so that they can achieve the results they proposed. The virus continues to cause great disruption across all spectrums of our society.
Further information and conclusions the two surveys to collect the views of mobility participants and higher education institutions on how the COVID-19 outbreak has affected the ordinary course of their projects and activities respectively.
All data and conclusions can be found at the following links:
Coronavirus – European Universities Initiative impact survey results
Coronavirus – learning mobilities impact survey results