Lifestyle in Mobility

Basic information

Established in: 2015

Lifestyle in Mobility is a collaborative research project of the Catholic University of Milan, the student association AEGEE Europe and Cardiff University.

Main aim:

The overall project aims to investigate how study abroad (mostly Erasmus) students’ lifestyle and health behaviours (eating behaviour, physical exercise, alcohol consumption, etc.) change during their period abroad and once returned to their home countries.

Project overview:

Every year hundreds of thousands of Study Abroad Students travel to countries other than their own to pursue tertiary studies.
During the academic year 2012-13 nearly 270,000 students from 33 European countries participated in the Erasmus programme (now Erasmus+) spending up to 10 months in countries across Europe.
The typical Study Abroad Student is a cosmopolitan, well-educated young person with lots of interests related to cultural exchange, international education and life achievement.
In spite of Study Abroad Students being a fast growing population of young people that more than doubled in the last ten years, little is known about their lifestyle during their period abroad.
A representative sample of 2,000-4,000 European Study Abroad Students (mostly Erasmus students) will complete an anonymous online questionnaire upon their arrival abroad, 5 months through their period abroad and 6 months after returning home.
40 students will also be concurrently interviewed to integrate the survey results and offer insights into interpretation.

Contact person

Svenja van der Tol (Secretary General) –


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