An Erasmus experience is always a great experience, but can it be better? For university students involved in a mobility program it is important not only to develop language and academic skills, but also to experience the culture and the traditions of the hosting country through non-formal and informal education (volunteering, daily activities related to work, family life or leisure, ‘invisible’ learning experiences).
A thorough reflection on the good practices enhancing the quality of the students’ mobility experience has not yet been developed.
The project E-QUA (Erasmus QUAlity hosting Framework) had the aim of improving the quality of students’ mobility experience through the definition, validation and transfer of quality mobility’s criteria.
The main outcome has been an 'Erasmus quality hosting Framework' that has defined indicators and criteria for a quality mobility program, its fundamental principles and minimum requirements. This charter can be granted to halls of residence or other hosting structures meeting certain quality criteria.