University Students’ Views on the Impact of Student Mobility on their Achievements and Future Prospects Mimoza Bogdanoska Jovanovska, Silvana Neshkovska, Daniela Andonovska Trajkovska and Natasha Blazeska Tabakovska and Biljana Kuzmanovska Tasetovikj
Summary: Determining the impact of student mobility on students’ achievements is not a simple matter. Quite the contrary, it is a very complex issue and is related to a number of factors. This paper seeks to determine the effects of student mobility on Macedonian students, i.e. on their academic achievements and the development of their competencies as well as on boosting their future career prospects. The Republic of Macedonia has access to many programs related to student mobility. The common agreement among the members of the academic community is that mobility, unfortunately, is not used enough by Macedonian students. Research findings point out that there are many contributing facts that influence this situation: students’ lack of interest; their fear of going abroad; insufficient knowledge of foreign languages; lack of information concerning the advantages of spending one semester abroad; etc. The results presented in this paper rest on a comparative study that focused on two small groups of students from ‘St. Kliment Ohridski’ University in Bitola: the former composed of students who have spent one semester at a foreign university and the control group that included students who have not been involved in such activities. The findings are quite significant and reveal that, unlike students who have never realised mobility, mobile students demonstrate that their entire approach to the learning process, career advancement and life in general changes considerably due to the value able experience they have gained in the process of experiencing student mobility.