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The ERASMUS Phenomenon – Symbol of a New European Generation?

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Benjamin Feyen and Ewa Krzaklewska

In 2012, the ERASMUS programme celebrated its 25 th anniversary. As one of the best-known initiatives of the EU, it has already enabled almost three million students to spend a part of their studies abroad. But ERASMUS is more than just a simple academic exchange programme: designed to contribute to the creation of a «People’s Europe», it has become a successful political instrument for shaping generations of European students. This interdisciplinary volume attempts to explain the fascination behind ERASMUS. The authors examine the role of student mobility within the European integration process and judge its impact on how young citizens identify with Europe. Is there a «Generation ERASMUS», and what characteristics does it have? Can ERASMUS serve as a symbol for «new» Europeans?

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Introduction The ERASMUS Programme and the ‘Generation ERASMUS’ – A Short Overview ............................................................................................ 9 Benjamin Feyen / Ewa Krzaklewska Part I: The ERASMUS Policy The Making of a Success Story: The Creation of the ERASMUS Programme in the Historical Context .............................................................. 21 Benjamin Feyen Learning for Life? The New Role of the ERASMUS Programme in the Knowledge Society ................................................................................ 39 Ulrike Klose Das ERASMUS-Programm: Symbol einer europäisch geprägten Auswärtigen Kultur- und Bildungspolitik der Bundesrepublik Deutschland? .................................................................................................... 51 Hannah-Kristin Elenschneider ERASMUS – for All? Structural Challenges of the EU’s Exchange Programme ...................................................................................................... 67 Friedrich Heger Part II: The ERASMUS Experience ERASMUS Students between Youth and Adulthood: Analysis of the Biographical Experience ................................................................................. 79 Ewa Krzaklewska Mit Händen und Füßen durch das Leben: ERASMUS-Studenten und ihre (nonverbale) interkulturelle Kommunikation .......................................... 97 Johanna Damerau 6Culture Shock during ERASMUS Exchange – Determinants, Processes, Prevention ........................................................................................................ 105 Ewa Krzaklewska / Paulina Skórska Social ERASMUS? Active Citizenship among Exchange Students ............... 127 Larissa Wood Part III: The ERASMUS Identity The Influence of the ERASMUS Programme on Strengthening a European Identity: Case Studies of Spanish and British Exchange Students ............................................................................................................ 143 Gioia Ambrosi ERASMUS Student Mobility and the Discovery of New European Horizons ........................................................................................................... 163 Christof Van Mol „Ich bin ERASMUS“ – Identitätsschöpfung durch die virtuelle Konstanz einer visuellen Gemeinschaft? ........................................................................ 175 Agnieszka Roguski A Matter of Belonging and Trust: The Creation of a European Identity through the ERASMUS Programme? ............................................................. 191 Jennifer Striebeck Researching the Impact of ERASMUS on European Identification – Proposal for a Conceptual Framework ............................................................ 207 Seweryn Krupnik / Ewa Krzaklewska Conclusion ‘Generation ERASMUS’...

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