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Rethinking the role of English-taught Programmes in European Higher Education Area (ETPs-3)


This one-year project – ETPs-3 – will be delivered by the Academic Cooperation Association (ACA) in collaboration with the Gesellschaft für Emipirische Studien (GES) in Germany.

Since the completion of ACA’s previous studies on ETPs in 2002 and 2008, there are signs showing that the number of ETPs has again tripled in the past five years, reaching an estimate of 7 000. It is also believed that more Bachelor’s level ETPs are provided in Europe and a new species of 'liberal arts colleges' has come into play in the field of ETPs. In light of these new developments, the ETPs-3 project seeks to:

  • describe and analyse the status quo of the ETP landscape in Europe using the data to be gathered from two large-scale Europe-wide online surveys;
  • discern possible trends based on the new data and ACA’s two previous ETP studies completed in 2002 and 2008;
  • share best practices of structured cooperation in ETPs gathered through the study; and
  • provide policy recommendations for the future development of ETPs as an instrument to advance the global agenda of the European higher education area.

The online survey questionnaires, targeting over 4 000 European higher education institutions and a sample of English-taught study programmes offered by these institutions, are scheduled to be launched in early 2014.

Findings of this study will be published in ACA’s well-known publication series, the ACA Papers on International Cooperation in Education and distributed to relevant stakeholders and policy-makers at both the EU and national level. Practical advice on the provision of English-taught programmes gathered in the surveys will be summarised and distributed electronically to all the institutions and programmes which have participated in the surveys. After the project, an ACA policy seminar will be organised to mainstream the findings and sustain the impact of the project.

We look forward to your cooperation in the two large-scale surveys in this project. For further details about the study, please contact Ms. Queenie Lam at ACA (queenie.lam(at)

This project is carried out with the support of the Lifelong Learning Programme, Erasmus Action, of the European Union.


European Commission - EACEA, Lifelong Learning Programme (ERASMUS Accompanying Measures)


Academic Cooperation Association (ACA), Brussels, Belgium


Friedhelm Maiworm (e-Mail:; phone: +49-561-72975-44)