Internationalisation at home

Internationalisation at Home refers to activities that allow students to gain international experience without leaving the country.

Intercultural competencies are not a luxury - they are a necessity. But not every student can go abroad. For this reason, many education institutions use 'Internationalisation at Home'.

Policies on Internationalisation at Home

We have studied the policies of Dutch higher education institutions to advance internationalisation at their institution.

These policies put a great emphasis on international and intercutural competencies. They do not consider Internationalisation at Home to be an alternative, but rather an addition to a stay abroad. Read the English summary of our research report:

Management summary Internationalising students in the home country

For the full report in Dutch see:

Studenten internationaliseren in eigen land

Internationalsation at Home in practice

What exactly do higher education institutions do with regard to internationalisation in the home country? We have studied that too.

Many institutions:

  • offer parts of the study programmes in English or another foreign language;
  • incorporate international subjects into their curriculum;
  • let their students participate in international projects.

Generally speaking, institutions could do more with regard to Internationalisation at Home. As an example, they could make more use of interships at international organisations. Or they could engage more in joint curiculum development. Virtual mobility also offers great opportunities. Read the English summary of our research report:

Management summary Internationalising students in the home country – Part II - In Practice

For the full report in Dutch see:

Studenten internationaliseren in eigen land - deel II - De praktijk

Courses on Internationalisation at Home

Would you like to learn more? Register for one of our courses at the Nuffic Academy (in Dutch).

More information

Internationalizing Students in the Home Country – Dutch Policies

Article in the International Higher Education magazine, by Adinda van Gaalen and Renate Gielesen, Nuffic.

Global and Local Internationalization

Book with an article on Internationalisation at Home: Dutch Higher Education Policies, by Adinda van Gaalen and Renate Gielesen, Nuffic.

Australian website about internationalisation of the curriculum

With an explanation of the concept, case studies and literature references.

Series or four publications about internationalisation of the curriculum.

By the American Council on Education.

The international classroom

Website of the University of Groningen.

Contact us

Would you like more information or are you looking for advice? Please contact Hendrik Jan Hobbes or Adinda van Gaalen.

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