So what is internationalisation at home?

‘Internationalisation at home’ (IaH) allows students to develop international skills and intercultural competences without having to go abroad. This can be achieved by incorporating and adding international and intercultural elements into your students’ study programme, as well as into the activities they undertake alongside their studies.

For example, you could invite an international guest speaker or set up an online international collaboration project with another foreign institution. But you could also consider a student association buddy programme, where students with different backgrounds are paired up. These are all examples of Internationalisation at Home.

Internationalisation at Home gives students the opportunity to learn to work together with people from different cultural backgrounds and ensures they are able to approach (global) challenges from different perspectives. This is an excellent way for them to become acquainted with the international society that they belong to, while at home in their own learning environment.

This is important, because it enables all your students to develop skills that will help them in international society and the international labour market. Internationalisation at Home is therefore an easy, inclusive and sustainable way to engage in internationalisation.

Getting started with internationalisation at home

We have outlined the most important steps so you can quickly get started with internationalisation at home.

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