Global mobility: the key to student success?



Domestic and international student retention continues to be a key priority among Australian universities and indeed worldwide. While many institutions have a focus on increasing degree completion rates, little attention has been given to the impact of overseas student mobility on student engagement and its role in student retention strategies. This e-poster will discuss research referencing the relationship between student retention and mobility, with consideration to the diversity in students’ socioeconomic and academic backgrounds, motivations and learning behaviours, as well as the diverse range of overseas experiences provided by institutions. This innovative research will propose a model to highlight the potential ways in which mobility offices may collaborate with faculties and student success staff to develop an integrated approach to actively engage and retain students through participation in overseas mobility experiences.


By exploring the transformative outcomes of mobility programs in this e-poster, you will understand the similarities to the critical factors and determinants of student success and retention at universities.

Ms Rebecca Cozens

Global Mobility Coordinator (Outbound)

Griffith University

Rebecca Cozens has spent eight years working in international higher education, particularly in global mobility. After several years with a focus on inbound study abroad and exchange programs, Rebecca now coordinates all outbound mobility programs at Griffith University. Rebecca completed a Bachelor of Business at QUT and is undertaking honours research at Griffith University, examining the relationship between mobility and student retention at Australian universities.