Increasing numbers of UK students are gaining international experience during their higher education but it remains a relatively small proportion of the overall student population.
The UK Strategy for Outward Student Mobility aims to double the percentage of UK-domiciled, full-time, first degree students who undertake international placements as part of their higher education programmes to just over 13% of students by 2020.This will create a new generation of global graduates, and a higher education culture in which international opportunities are an aspiration for all students.
UUK International's Go International programme helps implement the UK Strategy for Outward Mobility. It works with UK higher education institutions, the Erasmus+ National Agency for the UK, sector agencies, careers services, employer representatives, overseas governments and professional, statutory and regulatory bodies to achieve the strategy's objectives.
Representing the UK higher education sector collectively, Go International works to increase participation in outward student mobility by:
providing an annual overview of mobility data and trends among UK participants, including the type and length of mobility being accessed, the demographics of participation and the most common destinations
supporting higher education staff to promote and deliver outward mobility programmes through a range of professional development events around the UK and an annual conference
delivering a diverse programme of research in collaboration with other sector agencies, providing quantitative and qualitative evidence of the benefits of mobility to UK higher education students
sharing knowledge and good practice across the sector through a biannual mobility network, involving over 70 higher education institutions and related organisations
Go International also provides strategic oversight for the Routes into Languages consortia in England that conduct a range of outreach activities in schools to promote language learning, intercultural skills and global citizenship.