In this chapter we present the figure of the international student and
how they are perceived by the university institutions and the States.
Specifically in the European Union, and based on the division of the
European countries in the world-system as semi-peripheral, peripheral
and central countries, we analyse the academic mobility data before and
after the implementation of the Bologna process. Synchronically, we
present the mobility student profiles of a university located at a central
country and a semi-peripheral country, respectively the University of
Groningen, in the Netherlands, and the University of Coimbra, in Portugal.
The methodology used was the questionnaire and a correlational
descriptive analysis. The student flows are identified with the colonial
past, the neighbouring relations and the demand for central countries.