& Engagement
in Mobility

What is SIEM?

Social inclusion is a priority for the next Erasmus programme, but very little hard data is available on the accessibility of the current programme and what measures could be put in place to improve access and participation. Students from less advantaged backgrounds and from underrepresented groups that go abroad tend to get better degree results, have lower unemployment rates, are more likely to start their career in graduate-level jobs and have a higher starting salary than their non-mobile peers. However, while they stand to gain from this experience, these students are underrepresented in mobility, with only 7% of Erasmus students coming from a disadvantaged or underrepresented group.

In response to this, ESN has launched the ‘Social Inclusion and Engagement in Mobility’ project. The project is a collaborative cross-European partnership between ESN, UUKi the European University Foundation,YES Forum, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (BE), University of Vigo (ES), Masaryk University (CZ), University of Latvia (LV), ESN Spain (ES) and ESN France (FR).


This project is an important step toward making international mobility opportunities more inclusive, enabling students from all backgrounds to study, work or volunteer abroad. The ultimate goal of higher education in general, and studying abroad in specific, is to shape a generation of Europeans that transcend traditional cultural beliefs, who embrace cultural differences and endorse mutual intercultural understanding to shape a united society that offers space to everyone.

Widening Participation

Increase the participation of underrepresented groups in the Erasmus programme in order to make the international student mobility more inclusive.

Community Engagement

Encourage Erasmus students and student organisations to organise volunteer initiatives in order to reach out to the local community in order to increase intercultural exchange.

Peer-to-Peer Interaction

Increase the interaction between international students and local communities of underrepresented groups and visibility of international student mobility.

Inclusion & Engagement conference

Join us in the 'Inclusion & Engagement in Mobility', the conference will bring together people in the field of international student mobility to discuss overcoming barriers to take part in mobility and how engagement and active participation can support social integration in the host society.

Where: Brussels, Belgium
When: 3 & 4th of October 2022
Location: La Tricoterie (map)
Rue Théodore Verhaegen 158, 1060 Bruxelles


Registration is open till 15th of September 2022. Confirmation of participation will be provided on a rolling basis



Check out the agenda of the conference. Last updated on 3/08/2022

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Launch of the SIEM technical recommendations to foster inclusion in Erasmus+ mobilities

26 October, 2022

For mobility that is always inclusive - Inclusion & Engagement in Mobility Conference

26 October, 2022

Inclusion and Engagement in Mobility, a Conference on the Social Dimension of Erasmus+

01 August, 2022

Invitation to HEIs Social Inclusion Multiplier Training

19 October, 2021

Student & Staff Perspectives on Inclusion and Belonging in Mobility

31 March, 2021

COVID-19 Impact on Inclusion in Erasmus

12 May, 2020

Student Survey

27 February, 2020

University Staff Survey

27 February, 2020

SIEM Project Launch

23 December, 2019


See the latest publications of the SIEM project!

Engagement of International Students in Local Communities

Implementation report of the SIEM the local phase.


For more inclusive & engaging Erasmus+ mobilities

The SIEM technical recommendations provide an analysis of possible changes that could be implemented to the key documents and processes involved in Erasmus+ Higher Education mobilities in order to make them more inclusive. They target the European Commission, Erasmus+ National Agencies, Higher Education Institutions and other policy makers and stakeholders interested in Erasmus+ and mobility programmes.


Research Report

An extensive research report that gathers input of 12.000 students and 750 staff members across Europe and beyond on the inclusion in international student exchanges.


Guidelines for Inclusive Mobility Promotion

Handbook developed for International Relations Offices working with in- and outbound student mobility, primarily within the Erasmus+ programme.


Inclusive Communication Manual

A practical guideline on how to communicate inclusively with international youth for written, spoken and visual communication.


Factsheet - Students from the LGBTQI+ community in Student Mobility


Factsheet - Students from Ethnic Minority groups in Student Mobility


Factsheet - Students from low-income backgrounds in Student Mobility


Factsheet - Students from Rural Communities in Student Mobility


Factsheet - First Generation students in Student Mobility


Project Timeline

February 2020 - October 2022

  • February 2020 - March 2021

    Research on Inclusive Student Mobility

    The project will start with a research component in Spring 2020. A student and university survey will be launched to assess the challenges students from diverse backgrounds experience before, during and after their mobility.

  • April - October 2021

    Student Voices in Mobility

    Through focus groups, study visits to 6 different universities, an inclusive workshop with students from diverse backgrounds across Europe, the project aims to bring internationalisation closer to students and young people.

  • October - November 2021

    Social Dimension of Erasmus - Training

    In October 2021 the project will organise training and conference for student representatives and university staff members on how to bring internationalisation closer to young people from diverse backgrounds in their local communities.

  • October 2021 - May 2022

    Pilot Phase - Local Phase

    Piloting of recommendations for inclusive mobility promotion and recruitment in the different Universities that are part of the project as well as dissemination and organisation of activities on the ground to improve interaction between international and local students.

  • April 2022

    Soft Launch of the Erasmus Impact Portal

    In the second phase of the implementation, the portal will be available for all students and youth organisations involved in Erasmus mobility projects in order to assess their impact as well as make promotion of mobility with a peer to peer approach.

  • April 2022 - November 2022

    Peer to Peer - Communication

    To support the implementation of the promotion of student mobility, the portal will be supported by student testimonials and blog posts in order to showcase that student mobility is for everyone.

  • October 2022

    Social Inclusion and Engagement in Mobility - Conference

    In this conference, the project will launch its official toolkit and present its overall results, while offering a chance to connect stakeholders across the education sector with students.

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