Housing Generation Erasmus: a new chapter for international student mobility
The opportunity to explore other European countries during studies was once exclusively the province of elite gentlemen undertaking their eighteenth century Grand Tours. In recent decades, youth mobility has been vastly expanded through Erasmus+ and deepened through the Bologna Process.
In Bologna, origin city of both the Erasmus Charter and the Bologna Process, international students continue to seek fantastic experiences at its ancient university. It is in the context of internationalizing education that Italy, like other exchange destinations, must rise to the challenge of accommodating increasingly diverse young talent with varied lengths of stay. In doing so, players must balance needs and expectations, maintain local distinctiveness and ensure urban development processes unfold sustainably.
What are the components of an excellent international exchange experience? How can improved accommodation options make these programmes more accessible? What are students seeking accommodation in Italy looking for? And what does the international mobility of talent mean for the culture and economy of European cities?