What is the Erasmus Voting Assessment Project?

The project will carry out a Europe-wide survey among (former) Erasmus and non-Erasmus students to measure how the ERASMUS programme influences feelings of European citizenship/identity among European university students, with a special focus on the possible correlation between participation in the ERASMUS programme and voting in the European Parliament elections.

The objectives of the project are to:

1)     Measure the correlation between the ERASMUS programme and the feelings of European identity /citizenship.

2)     Measure the correlation between the ERASMUS programme and participation in the European Parliamentary elections.

3)     Show new valuable aspects of the impact of the ERASMUS programme, reinforcing its value to the Member States, by evaluating its impact on European identity/citizenship and participation.

4)     Disseminate the results in order to advocate for more funds for EU mobility programmes to in the long term extend these mobility programmes to a wider target group.

How will these values be measured?

The Erasmus Voting Assessment project will launch two surveys to examine the correlation between the participation in the ERASMUS programme and the feeling of European identity.

The project is divided into three main parts. The first part consists of a background report and study trips to test the first survey. The second part concerns the launch of the first survey, which examines the opinions of (former and current) Erasmus and non-Erasmus students before the EP elections. The second survey will be carried out after the EP elections, and measures electoral participation of the students.

In the final part of the project all the collected data will be analysed and a concluding final report will be produced.

Who are the project partners?

Association des Etats Généraux des Etudiants de l’Europe / European Students’ Forum (AEGEE) is one of Europe’s biggest interdisciplinary student organisations, striving for a democratic, diverse and borderless Europe. As a non-governmental, politically independent, and non-profit organisation AEGEE is open to students and young people from all faculties and disciplines. Founded in 1985 in Paris, today AEGEE has grown to a Network of 13000 friends, present in 200 cities in 40 countries all over Europe.

Generation Europe Foundation (GEF) operates a two-way communication platform enabling dialogue and exchanges of views between young people, the private and public sectors. GEF is experienced in providing educational material covering a wide range of issues in all  EU languages,  through a variety of media, as well as carrying out research and surveys targeting young people. Our aim is to engage tomorrow's decision-makers, today.

Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is one of largest interdisciplinary European student organisation acting in the field of students' mobility and internalization of higher education. ESN is a non-profit umbrella organisation of more than 450 local sections in 36 countries in more then 450 Higher Education Institutions gathering 12.000 volunteers. ESN provides support services to over 160.000 international students and works for their needs by facilitating their mobility period, ensuring social cohesion, reintegration and by enhancing intercultural awareness and active citizenship. ESN is in charge of the project dissemination and communication.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This website reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.