Given that 'mobility still remains the exception rather than the rule' (COM(2009) 329: 5), there is a need of further innovative efforts in promoting it, above all in higher education. Also, the quality of the young Europeans' mobility must be taken into account, since it is well known that residence in a foreign country does not of itself reduce students' stereotypical perceptions of otherness (Shaules, 2007; Strong, 2011).
IEREST has met these needs by developing an Intercultural Path (namely, a set of teaching modules) to be provided to Erasmus students before, during, and after their experience abroad, in order to encourage learning mobility and to support students in benefiting as much as possible from their international experiences in terms of personal growth and intercultural awareness.
IEREST target groups are:
- Teachers of intercultural education/communication in higher education;
- Potential, future, present, and past Erasmus students;
- International, national, and local stakeholders (including HEIs).
The best teaching practices envisaged within the intercultural path are provided on the IEREST Humbox page. It collects all the necessary materials, procedures, theoretical and methodological directions to guide future teachers in repeating the path.
A second main output is a number of ally partner agreements for the exploitation of the intercultural paths.