Without a doubt, student mobility is one of great successes of European integration project via the Erasmus programme. However, until present no comparative European study on student mobility has been published specializing in political science.
National characteristics of student and faculty mobility will be identified and criteria for measuring the extent of student and faculty mobility, advantages, disadvantages, challenges and mobility trends of political science students, researchers and teachers will be developed. This topic is highly relevant to promotion of mobility for students of political science in order for them to access new knowledge and experience European citizenship in reality, while for the faculty it is crucial to exchange views on the position of political science in Europe, to expand international research networks, to get new information on the contents and teaching methods in political science in other national academic environments and to acquire a prolonged experience in teaching and researching abroad. This topic is of crucial importance for the Europeanization of political science since mobility is a necessary precondition for an informed consideration of common challenges, similarities and differences within the discipline, the study and teaching environments across Europe. Mobility opportunities in Europe for faculty and students of political science (see Deliverable No. 7) will be prepared in the form of a detailed report by the national representatives of political science associations in at least 10 Member States. The report will address mobility trends of students and faculty and will analyse existing programmes and bilateral agreements between specific universities/political science departments. The report will contribute to a greater visibility of the European Union within academia, promote mobility opportunities and active citizenship and will therefore raise awareness on the importance of mobility of students as well as faculty. The report will be disseminated to general public through several websites and directly to national political science associations, political departments across Europe and subsequently to students of political science, researchers and teachers in the field of political science.