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International terrorism as a threat to student mobility

Jakub Dostál (Department of Economic Studies, College of Polytechnics Jihlava, Jihlava, Czech Republic)
Martina Chalupová (Department of Economic Studies, College of Polytechnics Jihlava, Jihlava, Czech Republic)
Martina Černá (Department of Social Work, College of Polytechnics Jihlava, Jihlava, Czech Republic)
Martin Prokop (Department of Mathematics, College of Polytechnics Jihlava, Jihlava, Czech Republic)

On the Horizon

ISSN: 1074-8121

Article publication date: 12 July 2018

Issue publication date: 22 October 2018




International terrorism affects various areas of society. This paper aims to determine whether fear of terrorism is a barrier to international student mobility based on the opinions of representatives from four universities of the European International Business Week network.


Data were obtained through interviews with representatives of four universities. Two universities are located in relatively “safe” countries (Czech Republic and Finland), whereas the other two are located in countries recently hit by terrorist attacks (Brussels and Paris). The interviews were conducted between December 2016 and April 2017.


Terrorist attacks affected international student mobility in the two universities recently hit by terrorist attacks.

Research limitations/implications

The research findings are relatively significant because they show how terrorist attacks can influence international student mobility. However, data are still limited. Data from other universities are necessary to verify causality.

Practical implications

The internationalisation of higher education is a strategic goal for many higher education institutions (HEIs). However, international terrorism may affect this goal. Understanding the impact of terrorism can be valuable in preparing policies for promoting the internationalisation of HEI.

Social implications

International terrorism is increasingly an issue for many people and organisations, including HEI. Understanding how terrorism affects economies and societies can be crucial for policymakers and for citizens living in or visiting areas endangered by terrorism.


The paper describes the immediate impact of two terrorist attacks on international student mobility. The paper presents the fear of terrorist attacks and the shock caused by terrorism as major barriers to international student mobility.



This research was part of the project Barriers of International Students’ mobility – implication for College of Polytechnics Jihlava supported by the internal grant of the College of Polytechnics Jihlava.


Dostál, J., Chalupová, M., Černá, M. and Prokop, M. (2018), "International terrorism as a threat to student mobility", On the Horizon, Vol. 26 No. 2, pp. 91-102.



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