EUA study “Higher Education for Third Country National and Refugee Integration in Southern Europe

The European University Association is the representative organization of universities and national rectors in Europe. Created in 2001, EUA represents more than 800 universities and national rectors’ conferences in 48 European countries. It plays a crucial role in the Bologna Process and in influencing EU policies on higher education, research and innovation. 
In the framework of the TandEM project, EUA will play a key role by conducting a research to identify and compare third country nationals’ (TCNs) needs and barriers to access to, and to succeed in, higher education. The study will provide concrete recommendations to remove barriers to access and promote the integration of TCNs into the local higher education communities of Italy, Spain, Croatia, Greece, Malta and Cyprus.
The analysis will cover three main levels (national, institutional and individual), considering  higher education policies, legal statuses implications (i.e. visa, protection status) required qualifications, and also TCNs expectations. 
The study method will be mixed, characterized by a survey, a desktop research and some interviews. 
The first survey will identify major gaps and good practices of the ongoing integration processes of TCNs and refugees in partner universities, focusing on potential solutions to overcome challenges.
The desktop research instead, will address gaps and findings of the explorative survey, covering a series of interesting topics: higher education legislation (e.g. admission requirements etc.), social legislation (student support etc.), recognition practices, mapping of different TCNs legal statuses and  implications related to access to higher education.
The study is currently under implementation and data will soon be published here.
More information on EUA: www.eua.be