Extracurricular Effects of Study Abroad Experiences: A Joint European Project

The European Union Programmes Agency (EUPA) is participating in the European research project’ Extracurricular Effects of Study Abroad Experiences: A Joint European Project’ coordinated by the National Agency for EU Higher Education Cooperation at the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The study focuses on the extracurricular effects of study mobility of tertiary students. It aims to identify young people’s competences and personality which are enhanced due to an experience of studies abroad.

EUPA is offering a PRIZE to three participants completing the questionnaires drawn by lots:

  1. three flight vouchers of €150, €100 and €50 at the end of completion of the first questionnaire, and
  2. another three flight vouchers of €150, €100 and €50 on completion of the second questionnaire.

Whether you intend to go and study abroad or not, you are invited to CLICK HERE to access the pre-questionnaire.

The study will involve the completion of an online pre-questionnaire, and based your intentions with respect to plans for travel, they will receive two online questionnaires at different periods: one before and one after your mobility or non-mobility cases. The questionnaires collect information about the study mobility (before and after), as well as about your relationships, language skills, working within an international dimension, and dispositions towards work and career based on your experience. Registration takes only a few minutes (up to 5 minutes) and the other questionnaires each take about 15 minutes to complete.

You will be invited to give your consent, provide a contact email and respond to a few questions about your travel intentions. At different points in time, you will receive two additional questionnaires to complete, always with your participant number. No personal details will be requested.

All data collected will be treated as strictly confidential and used only for the purposes of the research. Participation is voluntary and you are free to withdraw from the study at any time without providing an explanation and with no implications for you personally. In such a case, all data and email will be deleted. The participant number to the email address will be stored in a separate document, password protected and stored in a secure place and your responses to the questionnaire will be saved in anonymous format. The anonymised national data collected will also be sent to DAAD for comparative analysis. All email addresses and related emails will be destroyed by ISTAT once all data has been collected, after which it will not be possible to identify your responses.

Your data will be handled in accordance with the provisions of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act (CAP. 586) and the Processing of Personal Data (Education Section) Regulations (S.L.586.07). Ethical clearance from Germany has also been provided to DAAD who is coordinating the study.

Should you have any queries you can contact suzanne.gatt@um.edu.mt or EUPA at eupa@gov.mt